Porotaka – Tangiwai pounamu earrings

These are rather pleasing wee Tangiwai pounamu earrings.   In a simple and classic round shape, these earrings are the perfect pair for that person in your life who loves earrings that are chic and timeless. In a deep forest green Tangiwai, they let you in on a little magic when the light shines through them.  Scroll through the photos and you’ll see what I mean.

Tangiwai is the most ancient form of pounamu. It is bowenite rock, which is different in composition to the more common nephrite. 

Tangiwai takes its name from the tears that come from great sorrow. Tangi means “to cry” and wai means “water”, or “tears”. Koko-tangiwai, the longer name for this stone, refers to a deep sorrow that is never completely healed.

There are many sad stories that tell of tangiwai pounamu’s origins. In one of them, Waitaiki – stolen from her husband, Tamaahua, by Poutini, a taniwha – weeps onto the rocks at Piopiotahi (Milford Sound). Her tears form tangiwai, the tear-water stone.

  • Tangiwai pounamu from Te Tau Ihu.
  • Pounamu 42mm diameter. Total Length of earring 59mm.
  • Sterling Silver hooks
  • A one-of-a-kind taonga by Timoti.

💚Now every taonga you purchase helps us to carve a taonga for EVERY tamariki in care in Aotearoa. You can read more about our Tū Māia project here. Ngā mihi mahana for your support of this kaupapa!💚




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