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 mix of white and green patterns seen in this piece.
Measuring in at 58mm long and 56mm wide at its widest point, the mottling of translucent and opaque greens and blacks in patches throughout this piece makes it a visually complex piece for someone who prizes the interesting over the flawlessly clean and clear. Its complexity makes it an excellent piece to wear with textured and patterned outfits, and its thickness suits it to a lover of the large.
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