Raw Roimata pounamu earrings

These earrings were carved to be a natural roimata form.  Tim worked with the raw shape of the kohatu, gently softening its curves while keeping its natural form.

Lovely little earrings that swing and move beautifully in your ears. Great for every day, the office, the work party or a night out on the town.

Have a good look at the photos and you will see how these glow an ethereal green with the light behind them. And that little hint of blue – stunning eh?

Roimata symbolise unbreakable love, shared sorrow.  These would make the perfect little gift to let your gorgeous wife know how much you love her.  Or perhaps you have a dear friend who is grieving right now and you want them to know you are standing alongside them.

A wee drop of pounamu to keep you grounded while you go about your day.

The Story of the Roimata

Roimata are the tears cried by two sacred albatross that accompanied Pourangahua to Aotearoa.

Pourangahua was an agriculturist traveling to Aotearoa to grow kumara. The kumara were gifted to him by Ruakapanga, a tohunga and learned scientist. 

Ruakapanga lent Pourangahua two pet albatross to accompany him on his journey. He gave him strict instructions on how to care for the birds, and a karakia to give thanksgiving for their safe return. However, in his hurry to see his wife Kaniowai, Pourangahua took a shortcut, ran into a taniwha, forgot the karakia and failed to care for the birds. Consequently, this led to the bird’s grief and eventual demise.

Upon realizing that he had dishonoured Ruakapanga, Pourangahua tries to cover his mistake. He belatedly spoke the karakia, but it was too late. The damage was done, the toroa were weak and abused. 

The toroa flew back to Ruakapanga. He was furious when he saw the state of his beloved toroa. In his anger, he cursed the kumara with a blight that can wreak havoc on an entire year’s crop.

This story comes from Tim’s Te Tairawhiti Ngati Porou whakapapa.  The Roimata Toroa speaks of the importance of following tikanga and respecting the wisdom of those who are here to help us on our journey. 

Roimata also symbolise a deep unabiding sorrow, as that felt by Pourangahua for his mistakes.  Moreover, Roimata symbolise an unbreakable love, like the love Ruakapanga felt for his taonga toroa.

  • One of a kind taonga by Timoti
  • 56mm from Hoop to base. Pounamu 42mm
  • Inanga pounamu from Te Tai Poutini

 

$160.00

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Availability: In stock

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