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Greenstone jewellery is just a day trip away from Christchurch and if you leave early in the morning you'll be back in plenty of time for dinner.
Pounamu designs and the strength that comes from them are two-fold. The strength of meaning comes from the design. The physical durability of the design and it's ability to stand up to knocks is the second characteristic. Let's look at the durability aspect first.
We travelled to an extremely remote area of Siberia in the Sayan Mountains east of Lake Baikal. There's no road access and the nearest settlement is 80km away.
Each year we fly, helicopter and trek into the Canadian wilds where jade lovers spend their time searching for jade. These are images of our experience.
We are happy to announce that Lee Richardson is the 2013 winner of the first Mountain Jade Carving Excellence Award.
She has a clear grasp of technical design and carving paired with some serious creative prowess.
This award was founded in conjunction with Tai Poutini Polytech, New Zealands only tertiary institute offering an in depth hard stone carving course that teaches carving technique, design, and business skills, giving students a thorough grounding in carving as a career option.
At its heart jade fern pendants are recognised as the unofficial symbol of New Zealand.
In pre-1800 New Zealand jade was crafted by Maori into tools, weapons, and items of adornment. Being such a hard and durable stone, how did they manage to shape it?
New Zealand's a nation founded by sailors and fisherman, the Maori. Our legacy as one of the best sailing countries in the world begins with the waka and waka hourua, hand carved sailing boats with one or two hulls that carried Maori from Hawiki to ‘New Zealand’ in the 13th century.
The book ‘Pounamu – The Jade of New Zealand’ recently published by Russell Beck and edited by Maika Mason offers alot of information on pounamu