Inanga Pounamu greenstone necklace
Inanga Pounamu has been laser etched the shape of the Manawa heart with a Kowhaiwhai design on both sides.
The Inanga variety of Pounamu takes its name from Inanga – a native freshwater fish (Galaxias maculatus). The young of this species are commonly known as whitebait.
Inanga Pounamu resembles the pale colour and transparency of the Mata (young whitebait).Inanga Pounamu is described as pearly-white or grey-green, and varies from translucent to opaque.
It can change colour over time, developing a light-olive tint as it ages and oxidizes. The mere pounamu (nephrite weapon) is an example of this aging.
Māori sometimes heat-treated other varieties of Pounamu at low temperatures to give them Inanga’s silvery characteristics. Inanga is found in most of New Zealand’s seven Pounamu source areas, and is especially prized by southern Māori.
Measurements: 8cm length by 4.5 cm width.
Cord: black lashing 3 plait that is extendable to length.
Package: brown sting bag.
Pounamu has been blessed by carver Hoani Pohatu.