Ponamu Suspended


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I was gifted this triangular piece of Pounamu from New Zealand when my daughter visited South Island during her honeymoon this year. This traditional green stone or New Zealand jade was purchased from the native Maori and I was honored to receive this gift and wanted to make a special piece of art jewelry to signify the occasion. The Pounamu is suspended from a mixed metal (brass, copper and silver) bar created with lamination and applique technique. The stone is held by minimal prongs and perimeter bezel wire and an open wire back so the stone is visible on both sides. An oxidized chain is looped through jump rings so the pendant has maximum movement. The photo I've shared depicts this pendant in motion like a sailboat under full sail with the wind behind it. This maneuverable necklace is my expression of the feeling of traveling freely again after the restrictions of the pandemic.


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