Known as tangiwai to the Maori, meaning tear-water, bowenite is a stone most often associated with funereal jewellery in Maori tradition. However, many Maori communities actually prized it even more than nephrite jade for its uses in jewellery. Most commonly possessing green and blue hues, very few realize that it also comes in white; or in the startling tiger-striped mix of white and green patterns seen in this piece.
Measuring in at 93mm long and 44mm wide, this freeform piece derives its shape from that of a shield. Though a large piece, it's thin enough to give it good translucency and make it comparatively lightweight. A striking piece the likes of which you don't come across very often.
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