Beautiful New Zealand Jade Toki hand carved for us by Ross Crump.
These are a wonderful carved representation of the revered Māori adze. Two pieces carved to the same design and size, but the jade varies between the two. Viewed from the front both are a deep and clean green - the backsides however, tell a slightly more nuanced story.
The piece with the Ice White cord and binding is a deep green with a little pale mineral inclusion on the right side. The pendant with the Green/Khaki cord is has more colour variation in the jade - a slight coppery tinge and pale minty green colours.
Both of these ALLIANCE Toki are beautiful - you choose the one you love!
We have two ALLIANCE Toki available - Please use the drop-down menu to make your selection.
We've plaited a dual coloured cord in Manuka Green and Khaki and carried the Khaki colour into the binding at the top for one of these Toki. The second has an Ice White cord and binding. The overall effect is to contrast the beautiful green in the pounamu without taking anything away from it.
The toki, or adze, is a symbol of strength. In pre-iron age times it was a key survival tool, so the owner of a good one was believed to be strong and powerful. In early Aotearoa/New Zealand, the adze was used to carve ocean-going waka (sea canoes) and to build meeting houses so they played a central role in traditional life of māori.
The jade used to carve Alliance came from the West Coast on New Zealand's South Island. It was been created in the alpine fault and was shaped and given further character in our alpine rivers.
The toki is traditionally worn for strength and courage - to assist through life's challenges.
We also include one of our 'Kia Ora' cards, which explains the meaning behind the Toki design.
Delivered with DHL Express Courier.
Meaning: Courage ~ Wisdom ~ Authority
Artist: Ross Crump
Material: New Zealand Jade (Pounamu).
Cord: Natural Flax/Ice White Combo Cord with Natural Flax Binding or Ice White/Manuka Green Combo Cord with Manuka Green Binding; Length: Adjustable
Size: 50mm (2") long, 25mm (0.9") wide