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Handmade matau pendant carved from distinctive New Zealand Flower jade.

We've named this piece 'Dorado' after a constellation in the Southern sky - it also refers to the Dolphinfish which is a fantastic surface dwelling fish that lives in the temperate waters of the tropics and sub-tropics all over the world.

The matau, or hook pendant is revered throughout the South Pacific as a symbol for life, well-being and prosperity. Its significance arises from the key role that fishing has played in sustaining island families and communities. The owner of a good hook was respected and held a place of authority in the community.

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.

The Koru: the Māori word for 'loop'. The spiral shaped koru design represents an unfolding silver fern frond. The circular movement towards an inner coil refers to ‘going back to the beginning’.  The unfurling frond itself is symbolic of new life, new beginnings, hope and rebirth.


Shipped to you with DHL Express Courier and will be provided with our 'Kia Ora Cards' explaining the meanings behind both the hook and koru design.

Meaning: Prosperity ~ Abundance ~ Fertility

Artist: Alex Sands

Material: New Zealand Flower Jade

Cord: colour - Pearl; length - Adjustable

Size: 45mm (1.7") long, 41mm (1.6") wide

$325.00 NZD
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