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THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE - an outstanding piece of jade art carved for us by Ric Moor. This is one of my favourites (Bo here)! the jade is absolutely beautiful. It shows all the qualities of Marsden jade that I personally love - a deep and very consistent green with splashes of colour and, in this case, the colour is bright and bold.
This matau is carved from a very striking New Zealand jade. This jade has a dark green body with a side streak of beautiful goldy orange.
We have named this piece THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE to acknowledge the difference in colour from one side to the other. On the one side there's a good splash of colour - the other is slightly darker. You choose which side you'd wear to the front - you can always choose to look on THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE.
The best way to appreciate this work is to watch the brief video we have taken of it slowly revolving. It really is a stunner! The carved form is bold and subtle - I am holding this piece as I describe it (I'm a one finger typist) and it has little curves and indentations that are difficult to carve in harmony with the overall design. Ric has achieved that beautifully with this one.
It also has a lovely symbolism combining two shapes that are important in our local culture: the hook and the koru.
The koru symbolises new life, the central spiral shape represents an unfolding silver fern frond - the beginning of its life. The circular movement towards an inner coil refers to ‘going back to the beginning’. This is a fabulous pendant if you're embarking on new challenges. A partner to keep you company.
The hook: The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life - what a lovely sentiment to gift to someone important to you.
We provide this with a four plait Khaki coloured adjustable cord. Also included, our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind both the Hook and Koru design.
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Meaning: Abundance ~ Purity ~ Positive Energy
Artist: Ric Moor
Material: New Zealand Marsden Jade, Pounamu
Cord: Black Four-Plait Cord
Size: 64mm (2.5") long; 51mm (2") wide