Hand-Picked and Skilfully Crafted Greenstone Jewellery
The crafters and artists at Stone People Jewellery have created an incredible range of Greenstone jewellery for you. Whether you are splashing out on yourself or buying a gift for someone who means a lot to you, we are certain you’ll find the perfect piece in our collection.
Tips Regarding a Greenstone Necklace
When it comes to looking after your Greenstone pendants, we have a few suggestions that you may find useful.
- Water won’t damage the Greenstone, but over time it can soften and cause the binding (cord0 to expand and eventually come undone. So, it is a good idea to take off and place somewhere safe while showering or swimming. Use care when adjusting the length of the cord, press firmly on the knot and slide it across the cord gently.
- To keep the Greenstone in great condition handle often, the oil from your skin keeps the stone in great condition, if you notice any dry spots you can use a small amount of colourless oil (vegetable oil works well) and massage it into the stone, leave for a few minutes then gently wipe with a soft, clean cloth.
- When you are not wearing your stones you should store them safely in an appropriate place. Stones left lying on countertops or windowsills will end up being damaged, either by negligence or harsh sunlight drying them out.
A History of Greenstone Pendants
Have you ever wondered about the history behind your greenstone necklace? According to Maori custom, greenstone was typically given as a gift.
- A long time ago, greenstone necklaces were carved into specific symbols had a great deal of meaning. These Toanga (treasures) were mostly gifts for Maori spiritual leaders and people of importance. These pieces eventually became heirlooms handed down from one generation to the next.
- Many generations ago, some Iwi (tribes) believed that taking a piece of greenstone for yourself was extremely bad luck. They believed that pieces of pounamu often had their own spirits who chose the wearer, so if you took a piece for yourself, these spirits would become angry.
- In modern times it has become more acceptable to purchase your own greenstone, also referred to as Jade or Pounamu. You may prefer a particular piece because of its simplicity or symbolism. But it is more special to be gifted to you.
Why Trust Stone People Jewellery Regarding Greenstone Pendants?
Our artisans are highly skilled and incredibly experienced in the art of obtaining excellent specimens of pounamu and then carving them into intricate designs or simpler pendants. We source our greenstone from the South Island of New Zealand, on the west coast. We are proud to be New Zealand-owned and operated.