Pounamu, also known as greenstone or New Zealand jade, is the most highly prized New Zealand rock. All the photographed samples are nephrite, which is the dominant variety of pounamu. It is found only in a few places in the South Island, and usually collected as river boulders. A piece of raw pounamu is shown at top left, beside an intricately carved pendant by Neil Hanna (top centre). The other polished pieces show the different varieties of pounamu.
Using this item
Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Photograph by Alastair McLean
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.