Greenstone Tangiwai Jade Heart on Chain.
Beautiful heart fashioned in New Zealand, South Island, nephrite jade, called pounamu or greenstone locally. The heart is made from tangiwai greenstone, which is sourced from two isolated areas at Piopiotahi (Milford Sound). Tangiwai takes its name from the tears that come from great sorrow. Tangi means "to cry" and wai means "water" or "tears”, thus the tears form tangiwai, the tear-water stone. This piece contains the characteristic white streaks of South Island jade and appears quite opaque - but if you hold this it to the light it has a wonderful translucent quality, like water. Heart measures 2.1 cm high, 2.75 cm wide and 0.55 cm thick - it is bevelled from edges to middle. The belcher link chain is very fine, 45 cm long. All in excellent condition. Unknown date, 20th century.
ITEM No. 13342
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