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Beautiful New Zealand Jade Toki hand carved for us by Ross Crump.
This is a wonderful carving of the revered Māori adze. This pendant is a lovely clean green, with swirls of palish colours throughout the stone - it's a beauty!
We've plaited a dual coloured cord in Ice White and Flax and carried the Flax colour into the binding at the top of the Toki. 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 Flower Jade (Pounamu).
Cord: Natural Flax/Ice White Combo Cord with Natural Flax Binding; Length: Adjustable
Size: 55mm (2.1") long, 29mm (1.1") wide