EVERY PIECE HAS A STORY. FIND OUT YOURS.
It can cut down trees and through steel. It can break granite and shape destinies.
The wearer’s connection with the stone is equally strong.
Your Pounamu is a treasure to protect and draw strength from - to be taken care of and passed from one generation to the next. The bond you forge with the stone is both unique and enduring. It goes beyond your personal forever and into the distances.
THE ONLY CERTIFIABLE
NEW ZEALAND GREENSTONE
Significant quantities of greenstone ( jade) products ‘Made in NZ’ are done so using raw stone from overseas. Many of these pieces are also carved overseas.
These products are marketed to give the impression of genuine New Zealand greenstone or Pounamu carved by local artisans. This is not accurate.
Pounamu can have many aesthetic differences and complexities. To find out if it’s genuine there’s only one mark you need to look for:
THE GUARDIANS OF POUNAMU -
PROTECTING THE SOURCE. DEVELOPING THE CULTURE.
In 1997 the New Zealand government returned to the Ngāi Tahu elected tribal council – Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu - ownership of all naturally occurring Pounamu within their tribal area.
In 2002 the Pounamu Resource Management Plan was approved. This plan guides the sustainable and responsible management of Pounamu. It ensures continued access to this precious resource for future generations.
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