Tangiwai Pounamu earrings

These earrings are absolutely stunning, the photos do not do them justice.  They have translucent windows that glow an incredible blue-green where the light comes through, like old glass.  Looking into them is like looking into those clear seas we have in the bays around Aotearoa.  I’m not sure what the correct kupu is to describe this colour, if you have one please let us know.

This stone, Kōkōtangiwai(often known as just Tangiwai) is the tears Ranginui cried when he was eternally separated from his wahine, Papatūānuku. As his tears fell on to Papatūānuku they solidified into the most beautiful, transluscent pounamu called Kōkōtangiwai.

Tangi is to cry, wai is water.  Kōkōtangwai is a deep sorrow that is never completely healed.  I think most of us carry the memories of a lost loved one who sits deep in our hearts, a sweet sorrow.

Tangiwai is found only in Aotearoa and dwells in the areas of highest rainfall in Te Wai Pounamu. Tangiwai is the most ancient type of pounamu and is in fact a Bowenite rock, with a different composition to the more common Nephrite pounamu you will find available.

These earrings are perfect for the office or your daily chores and will carry you on through to after-work drinks or dinner out with friends.  Hung on our hand made hoops they swing and move with you while their colours flash in the light – mesmerising.

  • Tangiwai Pounamu from Piopiotahi
  • Total length 75mm. Pounamu 69mm
  • Sterling silver hooks, made by us.
  • 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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