A stunning hand carved toki crafted by Ric Moor - a new carver for us, and someone that we are delighted to have onboard! Ric has been carving, and teaching carving, here in New Zealand for years. He is a highly skilled carver and a great jade artist. His work can be found in galleries and museums in New Zealand, and now right here with us!
This toki is a great example of Ric's craftsmanship. ASCENDANCE - a flower jade toki. This is medium-sized toki is a beauty! It is carved from a really lovely piece of New Zealand pounamu - the stone has a subtle mix of colours soft pale greens though deeper darker colours approaching black.
Have a look at the video we have taken of ASCENDANCE slowly rotating. It has a very subtle and beautiful form. The jade has been polished to a silky matte finish - this is a very cool piece of jewellery.
We often have people buy their first piece and tell us that they had never considered wearing hand carved and, in some ways, traditional jewellery. Their motivation is a desire to have something that comes from the land and connects them with traditional skills and values.
This toki is all about that connection - it is a beauty. Hand carved from raw stone - New Zealand Jade - the significance of this piece has its footing in traditional values that were established over time - strength, hard work and community.
THE TOKI - it's history and meaning...
The toki, or adze, is a symbol of strength. The adze was a key survival tool, so the owner of a good one was believed to be strong and powerful. They were used to carve ocean-going waka (sea canoes) and to build central meeting houses so they played a central role in traditional life of māori.
The toki is traditionally worn for strength and courage - to assist through life's challenges.
This is a one-off piece and will make someone very happy!
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: Ric Moor
Material: New Zealand Flower Jade
Finish: Satin Matte
Cord: Creme 4-Plait cord; Length: Adjustable
Size: 88mm (3.4") long; 31mm (1.2") wide