Dawnlight Toki

Dawnlight Toki

Toki, traditional Maori adzes, are renowned for their strength and the skilled hands required to craft them. But sometimes, the greatest transformations occur when we surrender to nature’s artistry, as is the case with my newest piece, “Dawnlight”. This toki began its life as a humble agate, a gemstone formed within the fiery heart of…

Kotahitanga Porohita

Kotahitanga Porohita

One of the greatest joys of my work with pounamu is the collaborative journey I sometimes take with clients. Recently, I had the honor of working on a unique commission that embodied this spirit of collaboration with both the stone and the person who brought it to me. The piece began as a beach pebble,…

Tangiwai Roimata

Tangiwai Roimata

Today, I want to share a recent creation: a tangiwai pounamu roimata, a teardrop pendant carved from a particularly beautiful piece of translucent tangiwai pounamu. Measuring just 4cm long and adorned with a sleek black lashing, this roimata is a captivating blend of delicacy and strength. The near-translucency of the pounamu allows light to dance…

Kia Maia

Kia Maia

This pounamu toki, which I’ve named Kia Maia (“be brave”), is so much more than a beautiful piece of jewelry. It’s a symbol of everything about the recipient – strength, resilience, and a heart filled with warmth. The toki itself, a traditional Maori treasure, represents the courage and determination that I know guides our spirits….

Kawakawa Earrings 3cm

Kawakawa Earrings 3cm

I’ve always been captivated by the beauty and significance of pounamu, New Zealand’s precious greenstone. That’s why I was thrilled to craft a pair of earrings from a piece of kawakawa pounamu sourced from the Arahura River on the West Coast. My earrings are simple yet elegant, about 3 centimeters in length, showcasing the vibrant…

Kaha Wahine
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Kaha Wahine

I want to share a pounamu pendant that holds a story close to my heart. It’s a piece I call “Kaha Wahine,” which translates to “Strong Woman” in Te Reo Māori. The name wasn’t chosen lightly. This pounamu was commissioned by a remarkable woman who has battled and emerged stronger from breast cancer. The pounamu…

Waiora: A Roimata Carved from Douglas Creek Pounamu

Waiora: A Roimata Carved from Douglas Creek Pounamu

The roimata, with its teardrop shape, is a deeply touching pounamu (greenstone) design. The name I’ve chosen for this piece, “Waiora”, means “life-giving water” or “healing water”, reflecting the roimata’s symbolism of support and renewal. This slender pendant, widening towards a gently curved, rounded base, feels soft and soothing despite being carved from stone. The…

Manawa

Manawa

The name “Manawa”, meaning “heart” or “courage” in Māori, feels deeply fitting for this toki pendant. The rich, deep green of the pounamu, with its striking dark patterning, speaks of raw power and quiet strength. And the toki itself holds a special place in Māori culture. The toki (adze) was a vital survival tool for…

Te Ngākau Kaha

Te Ngākau Kaha

The phrase “Te Ngākau Kaha” speaks of the strength/kaha that resides within the heart and spirit. It’s a fitting title for this pendant, inspired by the toki I recently carved from a remarkable piece of inanga pipiwharauroa pounamu. Inanga pounamu, with its gentle green hues, evokes tranquility. Yet, it holds a hidden beauty – the…