Kiwi Charm Necklace with Greenstone Bowenite
Kiwis are flightless birds, native to New Zealand. The word is also used to identify citizens living in New Zealand.
For this necklace I used a hand cast pendant (made in Australia) which combines two national symbols of New Zealand: The fern leaf and the kiwi as well as a large sphere of the popular (but rare) gemstone bownite. All beads look a bit different, this necklace is made to order.
Bowenite is a hard, compact variety of the serpentinite species antigorite. Classed as semi-precious gemstone it has been traditionally used for tools and weapons by the Maori in New Zealand.
Bowenite was named after George T. Bowen, who analyzed it in 1822.
The pendant alone measures 6cm in length and 3cm in width.
All other metal is solid stainless steel, durable yet affordable.
The necklace measures 60cm in length. It closes with a lobster claw clasp and has a tiny sodalite bead attached - blue like the New Zealand sky. Photo #4 shows two other kiwi pendants we have available for custom orders (contact me for options) and photo #6 shows part of our Australian jewellery collection.