Greenstone Drop Earrings
Stylish greenstone earrings with sterling silver lever back fittings, secure and easy to wear. These earrings are made from genuine NZ greenstone pounamu Jade, finely cut, and highly polished. The beauty of the greenstone and its natural inclusions and colourations of the pounamu stone can be seen beautifully when the lights shines through.
- size greenstone 19mm
- total length earring 43mm
- Pounamu/ greenstone
- sterling silver
- available in other metals. Contact us for a quote
- handmade in our Nelson workshop
- FREE SHIPPING within New Zealand
Would you like a different shape or design? Why not contact us and we can create something especially for you. We closely work together with a greenstone carver on the West Coast who will carve almost any shape we require.
There are many legends around New Zealands precious Pounamu. One of them is the legend of Poutini.
Poutini is a water spirit Taniwha that swims up and down South Islands West coast protecting People and the precious Pounamu (Greenstone).
Legend has it that Poutini saw a young woman, Waitaiki, bathing near Tūhua in the North Island. Poutini fell in love with Waitaiki but she was married. Her husband Tama-ahua found out and threatened to kill Poutini. Poutini abducted Waitaiki and fled to the South Island. Tama-ahua did not give up and when there seemed no way out Poutini hid Waitaiki in the bed of the Arahura River and changed her into Pounamu before he fled out to sea.
As the river washes over Waitaiki fragments are carried down stream to the sea. So Waitaiki became the mother-load of all Pounamu found down the Arahura River.