Greenstone Marquise Pendant

$929.00 $929.00

This elegant Jade necklace is a one-off piece. It features a marquise shaped cabochon greenstone  set with sterling silver and enhanced with a leaf embellishment. The greenstone/Pounamu originates from South Westland NZ. A rich green colour with soft white snowflake markings throughout the stone.
Designs like this one are hard to reproduce due to the unique characteristics of the jade stone. However if you would like something similar please contact us  Our greenstone carver on the west coast can cut most shapes for unique designs.
  • Greenstone from South Westland NZ
  • sterling silver
  • includes sterling silver chain length 45 cm
  • handmade in our Nelson workshop
  • FREE SHIPPING within New Zealand
 

There are many legends around New Zealand's 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.