The Breastplate is a symbol of strength and offers protection to the wearer.
This Breastplate is carved from pounamu we have collected from the Marsden Valley in the Paroa Area just outside of Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island. It is the 'Marsden Flower Jade' and is called this because of the unique golden colours in the stone found (the flower) found in the Marsden Valley.
The Breastplate has a waxed nylon cord so the pendant can be worn ALL the time - even in any water. It is a hand platted, round, 4-plait cord. The cord is adjustable by pinching the special knots between your thumb and finger and pulling.
It also has the traditional ridge-knot along the top. The ridge-knot was one of the knots the Maori traditionally used to attach the pounamu to wooden or bone handles to use as tools and weapons.
The pendant is 95mm wide and 41mm high. Itis shaped on both sides and can be worn either way for different looks. It has more of the golden colours on one side than the other.