Tangiwai pounamu earrings

Fun and versatile earrings, small enough to wear comfortably at work and gorgeous enough to wear for a dinner date. Scroll through the photos to see how you will catch everyone’s eye as the sun hits these beauties and lights up all those gorgeous patterns hidden in the stone.  The rectangle is a timeless shape and the dark green will work with any outfit.   All our hooks and links are sterling silver.

49mm long x 9 mm wide

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The Story

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.

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