Green Stone is seen everywhere in NZ. From jewelry to pieces of art to old Maori weapons. Pounamu (the Maori word) is Jade. In China they find Jadeite which contains different minerals then nephrite, which is the NZ Jade. The are both precious. While it is valued for it's beauty, durability and strength, it is considered by the Maori to have MANA (status) and to be TAPU (sacred). The story goes:
"Can we make our own jewelry?" I ask Rainer. His answer , "Let's give it a try"...so off we went on a quest to find inexpensive pieces of green stone. Not as easy as one might suspect. While it is plentiful, it is also valuable. Those having the raw material are well aware of what finished pieces are worth and they want their share of the monetary pie. WE refused to pay $5 for a small piece like those pictured above, so the quest continued for a few hours until we found a place that was willing to sell "cut off's" for $1.
We were both like kids in a candy store. We touched and felt every piece. I liked smaller ones while he went for bigger , bulkier ones.
We came back to the house, each with 5 pieces and a vision of what we could do.Rainer broke out the drills and buffing wheels while I did some research on how to approach this stone.
The one thing I found out was that this stone is very, very hard and there is a reason the pieces made from it are so expensive LOL Considering the Maori made weapons from it..DUH! So after a long time of slowly graduating to finer and finer sand paper (wet) and then a polishing wheel, I decided that I may have to find other ways of using this stone.
Here are my 5 pieces. Can you tell which one is "done"?