Have you ever come across a jade necklace in New Zealand? They’re much more than simply a beautiful piece of jewellery – in fact they have very important meaning to Maori’s for refer to them as Pounamu. Maoris consider the jade necklace in New Zealand to have sacred meaning. The meaning can vary depending on the size and shape of the pendant. Certain carvings have different meanings attributed to them. They’re very popular accessories for New Zealanders living abroad, particularly in Australia and other parts of the world.
Pounamu, also known as greenstone, has long been considered a protective talisman in Polynesia. Pounamu carvings of Mori style and symbolism have spiritual importance. It’s not simply a pretty picture; the art of pounamu may also reflect the spirit of the people’s ancestors or a deep connection to the natural environment.
Jade necklaces in New Zealand come in a wide variety of patterns; to give you an idea, here are five of the most common.
With its intimate relationship to traditional Mori pounamu stone carving, toki is worn as a sign of strength. Wisdom, courage, and bravery are all related with the rich symbolism of mana and respect. This is a very common type of pendant to go on a jade necklace in New Zealand.
The greenstone koru has a dual connotation in Maori design. With its flowing circular form, it is often utilised as a sign of creation in Maori art. The koru is also thought to symbolise the beginning of a new chapter in one’s life. As it matures into a mature fern frond, the baby fern frond gently unwinds throughout the course of its teenage life. This is a popular type of carving to give to new families or those starting a new chapter in their life.
According to Mori folklore, the beautiful North Island of NZ was once a gigantic fish that got captured by the Maui, who was a great fisherman. He caught it using just a handmade line and a hook that he forged from the jawbone of his grandmother. The Maori people of New Zealand’s profound connection to Tangaroa, the deity of the sea, is symbolised by the fish hook. Originally, it was used to catch fish, but when Maori started exchanging European goods with them, it began to take on a more decorative role.
The original everlasting sign is the twist jade carving, which reflects the countless pathways of life and love. Similarly, the single twist depicts the eternal union of two individuals, while the double and triple twists relate to the union of two peoples or civilizations, respectively.
Symbols of love, togetherness, and cohesiveness are commonly shown in the form of heart shapes on jade necklaces in New Zealand. Whether it’s a jump in our pulse when we encounter a loved one after months of separation or a sinking feeling when we receive bad news, we all experience these emotions. In our bodies, there is a direct link between the sensations we feel and the emotions we feel.
Greenstone heart shapes were given to us as a way to convey our sentiments because of this direct, tangible link between the emotions we feel and the sensations in our “hearts.” You should give these to those who have “large hearts.” Selfless people who deserve to be reminded that their presence in your life and the lives of others around them, is a good thing
In the South Island, notably the West Coast, riverbeds and boulders are the primary source of New Zealand Green Stone/Ponamu. Each stone’s colour and patterns are influenced by the river it came from.