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Natural Materials

Our pendants are crafted from natural materials. We use mostly locally sourced materials - New Zealand jade (also known locally as greenstone or pounamu), natural bone (untreated with any bleach or chemicals) and pāua shell which is collected from our coastal waters.

We also use other materials that are not sourced in New Zealand. Our Woolly Mammoth tusk comes from Alaska - we have certified its use with CITES so you can be assured that it is fine for us to use. It is a material that we love for its variation in grain and colour - each piece is different and unique and it is very, very old!

We are also sourcing jade from other countries where we find stone with an interesting look and which suits some of our new designs. The source of the material is noted on the product page.

All of our materials are genuine and natural - we don't bleach or colour them in any way. As a result, each carved piece will vary a little in colour and is unique - we photograph individual pieces so that you can see what you will receive.

Selecting the right material plays a big part in creating the special pieces that we sell. Our artists will often create a piece after studying the raw material and carving it to utilise the natural beauty of the jade or bone.

Each piece is hand made and original.

Jade - Greenstone

Hand carved flower jade matau, or fishhook pendant. Hand carved jewellery, made in New Zealand by NZ Pacific.

We use New Zealand nephrite jade, or as it is locally called 'Pounamu' (pronounced poh gna moo) or greenstone. This is an outstanding and rare material that is found only in the South West of our South Island. New Zealand pounamu varies greatly in colour - beautiful golden flower jade like the photo above through deep greens and paler translucent green shades.

Carvers will often carve a piece to suit the particular stone they are working with. They use the structure and colour to guide the design and shape. This produces some spectacular free-form carved pendants and necklaces!

Woolly Mammoth Tusk

Hand carved woolly mammoth tusk seahorse pendant. Hand carved jewellery, made in New Zealand by NZ Pacific.

 Our Mammoth Tusk pieces are all hand carved from bone recovered from the Alaskan Tundra. This material is over 10,000 years old - so very rare.

The grain of this bone is distinctive and quite beautiful. We carve these pieces to highlight the material's natural beauty.

There is a lot of variability in the look of mammoth tusk. Some of our pieces are a pale creamy colour with a very even look - others have unique and very distinctive colouring, particularly where we have used the outer 'bark' of the tusk. Polished to a high sheen these pendants are glossy and very individual.

We have been careful to ensure that the bone that we source and use meets all the regulations that govern the use of bone for the making of jewellery and sculptural artwork.

We have confirmed that our use of Woolly Mammoth bone meets our local customs regulations, and that we comply with regulations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). This is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals.  

Black Jade

Black jade contemporary pendant, hand carved by NZ Pacific.

Our black jade comes from South Australia. We buy this directly from the mine in its raw form and have our carvers make pieces to our designs. We also provide to artists who carve original, one-off pieces for us.

This is a wonderful material, a true nephrite jade ranging in colour from a jet black through a wonderful liquorice green - we don't know what the stone will reveal until it's cut, so each piece is a little mystery.

The material we use is a medium to fine grain which we polish to varying degrees of sheen depending on the piece. The beauty of this jade is that it is very, very hard and tough which allows our carvers to produce beautiful, detailed carved jewellery.

Natural Bone

 

Hand carved natural bone hammerhead shark pendant. Hand carved jewellery, made in New Zealand by NZ Pacific.

 

Our natural bone carvings are predominantly made from cattle bone. Where we use other bone - deer antler or boars tusk - we will note this on the product page. 

We call this material natural bone because we do not treat or whiten it in any way. This means that there will be slight variations in the colour of each piece. The beauty of natural bone is that it will age to a lovely golden colour over time as it absorbs body oils. 

Pāua Shell

Paua Shell from New Zealand.

Cold Water Pāua: the pāua that we use live in cold waters of the coast of our South Island. They grow slowly which produces a very hard shell and very striking and vibrant colours - perfect for original and eye-catching jewellery.

Pāua is the Māori name given to three species of marine gastropod molluscs. They are known in the United States and Australia as abalone, and in the United Kingdom as ormer shells.

Maori legend suggests that Pāua is a gift from Tangaroa, the God of the Sea. Pāua is regarded as a Taonga (treasure), as a source of food and as a beautiful shell used in their carving to illuminate eyes and adorn other artwork.

Cords

We use a waxed polyester for our cords. This material is extremely tough and will stand up to almost anything that you can throw at it! We hand plait our cords and do most of the binding ourselves - so if you see a piece and would like a different coloured cord or a different binding, just let us know.

If you swim in the ocean rinse the cords from time to time in fresh water to flush away the salt - your cords will thank you for it!

NOTE: We identify the material used for each piece we have for sale on the product page. If you have any questions about any of our products use our online chat, email or just give us a call and we'll do our best to help you.

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