Tangiwai Pāua Shell - ONE ONLY

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This beautiful, carved rendition of our much-loved pāua shell is made from a bowenite stone known locally as Tangiwai. This stone is a bluish green colour and has a beautiful translucence evident when backlit.

Bowenite is a type of serpentine and is traditionally believed to hold healing properties. Tangiwai is an abbreviation of the Māori word 'kokotangiwai' - koko meaning a cut into one's spirit causing deep sorrow, tangi meaning the crying associated with this sorrow and wai meaning the shedding of tears.

This material has a long history of use by Māori as a form of adornment because of its great beauty.

This carving combines a beautiful stone with a traditional source of food - the pāua - a marvellous pendant.

Size: 50mm (2 inches) long

$328.00 NZD $284.00 NZD
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