The pendant is 43mm high and 69mm wide. It 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 Putiputi Pounamu - The 'Marsden Flower Jade' and is called this because of the intense greens and unique golden, yellow, orange and creamy colours (the flower) in the stone which is found in the Marsden Area.
This Breastplate has a hand platted, round, 4-plait cord which is extremely strong and made to be worn all the time - even in any kind of water.
It also has the traditional ridge-knot binding along the top. This was one of the bindings used by the Maori to attach the Pounamu to wooden and bone handles to use as tools and weapons.Pendant Meaning: The Breastplate gives the wearer strength and protects them on their journey through life.