Greenstone, also known as Pounamu in the Maori language, is a highly valued cultural treasure in New Zealand.
The stone is found almost exclusively in the South Island of New Zealand, and it has been used by the indigenous Maori people for generations for tools, weapons, and adornments.
The demand for Greenstone has increased exponentially over the years, and with it, the supply issues.
Greenstone is a tough and durable stone, which makes it ideal for creating jewellery and other decorative items.
However, its hardness also makes it difficult to mine, cut and shape. It takes a lot of skill, experience, and patience to work with Greenstone, and not many craftsmen have the knowledge or the tools to do so.
Due to the limited availability of skilled craftsmen, the supply of Greenstone has been a challenge for a wee while now.
The demand for Greenstone jewellery and other items has only increased over the years, further exacerbating the problem.
This supply issue has become so very apparent in the last few months with supply almost completely drying up from our suppliers because we still want to provide our customers with meaningful gifts from New Zealand a great alternative is Heartwood jewellery made from recycled Canterbury timber ticks lots of boxes.
Heartwood products are all handmade using timber rescued in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake demolitions. The ‘Heart’ they refer to is not the heart of a tree – but the heart of a people, and their resilience in the face of great challenges.
The use of heartwood pieces as an alternative to traditional New Zealand Greenstone has become increasingly popular in recent months, due to the scarcity of the latter.
One of the advantages of heartwood pieces is that they are more readily available than traditional Greenstone.
This is because heartwood pieces are not subject to the same mining restrictions as traditional Greenstone. They can be harvested from recycled timber which makes them a more accessible source of materials.
Another advantage of heartwood pieces is that they are often less expensive than traditional Greenstone. This makes heartwood pieces a more affordable option for people who are looking for meaningful gifts from New Zealand.
One of the most significant advantages of heartwood pieces is their unique and natural appearance. Because heartwood pieces are harvested from timber, they often have intricate patterns and textures.
This makes them a popular choice for people who want to own a unique and distinctive piece of New Zealand Jewellery.
Why not check out our range of beautiful Heartwood pieces today?