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NZ Bone Jade Art

Hand carved Bone, Jade, Wood & Pearl shell pendants, carvings, gifts & art from New Zealand





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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 artists.

 Hand made dragon bone carvings & JewelleryBone 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.Pounamu Jade Whale Tails CarvingTwist bone carving

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 movie.
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.. Manaia bone carving with Paua inlay

A bone, jade or pearl carving is a very special piece of personal artwork to wear yourself or give to a loved one.

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.

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