Handmade Toki Necklaces from New Zealand. The Toki or adze blade is the mark of an artist or creative person and the bringing together of head, hand and heart. The twist is an eternity symbol representing the joining of peoples and the many paths of life.
This Toki above was handmade by carver/artist Ewan Parker & Wayne Turnbull, their work is very distinctive with a bold yet elegant style and ranging from very traditional and finely detailed carvings to more contemporary renditions of traditional elements such as the Koru and Toki.
Above is carved in New Zealand jade or Pounamu. It includes an adjustable plaited waxed braid, a traditional woven presentation case and a detailed description of the meaning of the carving.
ABOUT POUNAMU: Pounamu is the Maori name for New Zealand nephrite jade and a variety of serpentine. If it’s not from New Zealand it cannot be called “Pounamu”. The term Pounamu includes a very hard variety of serpentine which the Maori call Tangiwai. Serpentine is not jade so items carved in Tangiwai are labelled as such and include info about the stone in the listing.
The Jade Toki pictured above has a small engraving and measures approximately 2 inches long.