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New Zealand Flower Jade Pounamu Nephrite Manaia Pendant

USD $119.00

According to legend, the Manaia Pounamu Greenstone design represents the messenger connecting gods and humans. Typically, it is carved with a bird’s head, a man’s body, and a fish’s tail. Manaia Greenston has great healing powers and serves as guide for the soul on its journey to paradise.

Manaia jade pendants differ slightly from iwi (tribe) to iwi, but they are frequently shown as three-fingered, symbolizing the trifecta of birth, life, and death. In addition, a fourth finger is often portrayed, representing the circular patterns of the life cycle and eternity.

In stock

Weight – 0.46 oz’s – 13.1 gm’s

Dimensions – 1.518″ x 1.534″ long/wide (3.857 x 3.897 cm’s)

Country of Origin – New Zealand

Flower jade or picture jade is pounamu with cream, yellow, or brown inclusions, from oxidising or weathering in the surface of the stone. Cracks or fissures in the stone can allow iron impurities to enter, and carvers can then make use of the resulting patterns. Flower jade is best known from the Marsden district near Hokitika.