July 6, 2020
T Ā O N G Ā – A gift for a lifetime. 
This work serves to highlight, share & celebrate the natural beauty of a Tāongā and its beholder. Tāongā’s are described as ‘treasured possession’ in this case we have Taylor and her greenstone necklace which was gifted by her nana in celebration of 21 years. 
The shape of this greenstone is called ‘hei toki’, it represents 
Strength, Determination, Authority.
This Tāongā showcases the magnificent result of tradition, culture, nature & refined craftsmanship. Honouring this particular piece of greenstone was retrieved from the Hokitika in the South Island of New Zealand roughly 400 years ago – hence the stone being lighter in colour compared to the common greenstone.