Pure Kōkōtangiwai pebble

The rare, precious and beautiful Kōkōtangiwai. This taonga is made from one whole Tangiwai pebble. Tumbled and polished by the awa and moana, this taonga feels amazing in your hands.  Tim left the kiri on one side so you can enjoy the soothing, grounding feel of it against your skin. Straight from Papatūānuku to you.  Hold on to your pebble if you are feeling anxious or frightened. It is incredible how soothing a pounamu pebble can be.

Working with its natural form, Tim drew out the geometric patterns in this pounamu, which allows the light to beautifully bounce off its angles. This made it a little bit tricky to photograph as the light kept bouncing back at the lens!  This shape is echoed on the raw side of the pebble too. It feels really incredible in your hands.

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. 

Once you hold this taonga in your hands and play with it you will see why these pounamu pebbles are so special. Your very own pounamu pebble to be with you on your journey. Carry her strength with you throughout the day.

  • One of a kind, taonga by Timoti
  • Tangiwai Pounamu from Piopiotahi
  • 80mm length x 52mm width

💚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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