Story: Pounamu – jade or greenstone

Varieties of pounamu

Varieties of pounamu

These sawn pounamu boulders illustrate how the appearance of pounamu can vary from one stone to the next.

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How to cite this page:

Basil Keane, 'Pounamu – jade or greenstone - The origins of pounamu', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 June 2022)

Story by Basil Keane, published 12 Jun 2006