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Greenstone

Greenstone is a term specific to New Zealand to describe Jade. There are two types of Jade, jadeite and nephrite. Nephrite is the only type to occur in New Zealand. Jade comes in a variety of colours, green being the most valued. Jade / Greenstone is a hard and tough stone. Pounamu is a Maori word which is used to describe jade / greenstone and also bowenite. The Maori classified pounamu according to colour and named many varieties.

Our greenstone products include pendants carved into traditional Maori patterns such as the koru, fish hook and double twist as well as many other shapes. Earrings, bracelets and rings are also available from our online New Zealand souvenir store.