The pendant is 55mm in length and 54mm at its widest.
The Pounamu for this Hei Matau was collected from the Arahura River which runs between Greymouth and Hokitika, on the West Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. The spots on the stone resemble the patterns on the Kokopu (speckled trout) which is the Maori name for the New Zealand native trout.
The Hei Matau has a waxed nylon cord so the pendant can be worn ALL the time. It has four strands of cord that have been hand platted into a special, round, 4-plait. It is extremely strong and is made to be worn all the time - even in the water. The cord is adjustable by pinching the special knots between your thumb and finger and pulling.
The snood binding is one of the bindings traditionally used by the Maori to attach the Pounamu to wooden and bone handles to use as tools and weapons.
Pendant Meaning: The Hei Matau / hook gives the wearer strength and determination.
It brings peace, prosperity and good health.
It also provide the wearer with a safe journey through life - both a safe physical journey, especially over water and also helps them get through any hardships and tough times they may face.