Tangiwai Toki – V8 with a Twist

This peice began as a Tangiwai toki with a stylized twist form. A friend remarked that it looked like the V8 symbol and that’s how it got its name! This tangiwai toki certainly has character, with its little speckles of Serpentine and contemporary style. At the same time the twist is said to represent the special bond between two people whose lives are continually intertwined. The final photo shows the reverse side of this tangiwai toki, just as beautiful and complete. This unique taonga would be a great gift for that special person in your life who has a particular fondness for V8’s.
Length 90mm x 31 mm

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.


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