Nephrite Jade carvings are some of the most beautiful pieces of art in the world. Each piece is imbued with a deep significance, though the Maori carved in many materials they valued jade greenstone, or pounamu in Maori, highest of all. It was more than its beauty, the Maori see it as a treasure to their people and it still holds a special place in their culture.
Many of the designs were used by the Maori to mark certain prominent points in their life; events like the birth of a child, a new phase in life, or the desire to fall pregnant. These pieces of jewellery were seen as so important that many of the older pieces have their own histories and even their own mana (or prestige).
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