A kind of piedmontite schist found in the South Island here in New Zealand, aroha stone is relatively rare and thus seldom seen in jewellery. It is, however much esteemed among the Maori community, who have historically particularly appreciated its bold red to purple colour scheme. This example has some gorgeous sunset-orange colourations on its upper face and around the edges of its obverse, with fine and rich red veining snaking its way threough the body of the piece.
Taking its shape from the form of the natural pebble, this piece has been carved to bring out its banding and orange tones. It measures in at 46mm long and 45mm wide at its widest point, and is suspended by a simple frontal hole.
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