This beautiful grey pounamu sourced from Nelson, New Zealand has been hand carved by Maddy at Kawakawa Stone. It's been carved into a Roimata (teardrop) shape with a koru at the base.
Each tribe in New Zealand has a different story and meaning of the Roimata.
One common tale is that it symbolizes the tears of Waitaki herself, a woman who was kidnapped from Tūhua (Mayor Island) in the North Island by the guardian of pounamu, Poutini.
Waitaki was slain by Poutini on the upper Arahura River in Hokitika once he realised her pursuit would never end, becoming the embodiment of all pounamu.
The koru, or spiral, is a form represented through all of nature throughout the world. Traditionally, in New Zealand, this symbol is used as the fundamental pattern in much of the structures and art that are found throughout the country.
The unfurling frond symbolises new or fresh life. It is seen as a symbol depicting the start of a time or an era, a new relationship, or a new direction in life. It can be used as an element in a larger work or the soul form of the intricate spiral itself.Length: 75mm
Width: 31mm at the widest part
Comes on a black wax cord with sliding knots for adjusting