Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone

Types of pounamu

Types of pounamu

There is quite a variety of pounamu types. Clockwise from top left: kawakawa (nephrite); a darker variety of nephrite from Westland; īnanga (nephrite) from Westland; tangiwai (bowenite).

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Basil Keane, 'Pounamu – jade or greenstone - Pounamu – several names', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006