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British Columbia Nephrite Jade Maori Double Twist Choker


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  • Model: NECK1022
  • Shipping Weight: 0.125lbs


British Columbia Nephrite Jade Maori Double Twist Choker 

This Maori double twist pendant has a beautiful gloss finish and is expertly hand carved. The Double and Triple Twist depict two new shoots growing together - it represents the joining of cultures, the bonding of friendship for life. The design shows the joining of two people in love or friendship for eternity, so it makes a wonderful wedding or friendship gift. The double twist also relates to the joining of two peoples or cultures.

The pre-European Maori had no written language so tribal history and the stories of the gods were kept using many forms of fine arts and crafts ranging from basket and cloth weaving to complex wood, bone, shell and jade carving. These artifacts were then handed down through generations of tribal elders and became sacred objects or treasures "Taonga", telling the history of a tribe and taking on the spirits of past great leaders and warriors who had worn them. It is believed that a carving which is worn with respect or given and received with love, takes on part of the spirit of those who wear or handle it. In this way it becomes a spiritual link between people spanning time and distance.

A carving that has been worn by family or tribal members over many generations contains the spirit of all of those people and is truly a great and powerful treasure. Pendants, jewelry and various tools such as needles, spear tips and fish hooks made from bone developed into a fine art form with great importance being placed on every piece, many of which took years to make using stone tools.

One of the strongest stones found, it can only be cut using diamond embedded tools and equipment.

The double twist measure 50x29x8MM. It has a beautiful gloss finish and is expertly hand carved. The choker is silk rat tail and measures 16" long. It is possible to add an extender on this necklace to make it longer.

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 15 May, 2015.

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