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Hand carved Bone, Jade, Wood & Pearl shell pendants,
carvings, gifts & art from New Zealand
The Bone Art Place is dedicated to the art of
hand crafted New Zealand bone carving, jade carving and pearl shell
carving in its many forms, from the very traditional Maori carving
styles to the more contemporary designs for gifts and jewelry.
Some are set into sterling silver mounts, some are in the form of
delicate earrings and others are unique gifts such as key rings,
framed artworks or free standing sculptures.
The Bone Art place specializes
in only the highest quality genuine work from the very best of local
Bone carvings and artwork have a very special feel about them, unlike
anything else you will ever experience. Their milky white appearance and
soft flowing lines are just the start. They are soft and warm to the touch
yet the finish is like polished glass, they seem to blend with your body
and become a part of you, especially when worn as a pendent against your
skin. Over a period of time bone carvings absorb oils from your skin and
change colour to a very light honey gold. The Maori believe this to be the
carving taking on some of your spirituality or essence and thus truly
becoming a part of the wearer.
Jade, known locally as "Green Stone" is a beautiful
semi translucent stone with many shades of green and an
irresistible aura of strength and quality, particularly when used
in traditional Maori style jade pendants.
New Zealand jade or "Pounamu" in Maori is a very special and rare
jade often with spectacular swirls of colour through it.
The importance of the bone and jade carvings and
crafts to the Maori people is shown very well in the recent and
highly recommended hit movie Whale Rider. The form of the ancient
Tiki in particular is often seen being worn by Pai during the
Many of the caste and crew of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings
trilogy also now wear these carvings showing just how powerful they
are when worn by people who are connected to our land... or in
their case Middle Earth.
Mother of Pearl carvings are simply stunning, with
layers of rich gold or black through the silver/white pearl. They
have to be seen to be believed!
Paua shell is a rainbow blend of rich blues,
greens, yellows and blacks creating a amazing shifting kaleidoscope
of colour which goes very well with silver or gold..
A bone, jade or pearl carving is a very special
piece of personal artwork to wear yourself or give to a loved
Each piece is hand crafted by by local artists so
even if following the same design, no two pieces will ever be
exactly the same. Unique pieces in bone and pearl can also be
designed and hand made especially for you, telling your story
through traditional styling and some may also include exotic inlays
of Paua or pearl shell.
Every carving comes with a traditional style cord,
a woven flax presentation bag and a description of the meaning or
story behind the design.
The average dimensions are 50mm x 30mm, (2 inches
long x 1 1/4 inches wide) so they really do represent superb
artworks in miniature.
To order any of these special taonga click on any
of the pictures or banners.