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Jade/Pounamu/Greenstone - what is the difference?

Jade/Pounamu/Greenstone These three words we often hear being used in reference to that beautiful stone we treasure and value so much, and we get often asked 'what is the actual difference?'. The three words, to an extend mean the same thing, however there is a difference in intention when we use the word pounamu. Nephrite jade is the word used around the world as nephite jade is found not only in New Zealand but also Canada, Siberia, Australia and many other countries. It refers to the mineral ...

September 29, 2021

The Bangle

Jade is not only worn for the beauty that it exudes, but its belief that it would protect the wearer from evil. It is also believed that the more pure/translucent the Jade Bangle is, the more prosperous ones life and the life of their family will become. The process of finding the right bangle for you can be a tough task, but here at Puawai Jade we believe that Jade, will choose you! So once you find a connection with one, then that piece yours! Well lets hope that it fits, as getting them on is...

April 30, 2018

Stone Cutting process.

The average time to cut a single slab of NZ Jade is 6 hours and is cut with diamond impregnated blades or tools. To cut jade stone, diamond impregnated tools are used as diamond is one of the hardest minerals on the planet. NZ pounamu, which is nephrite jade, is rated a 6.5 on the mohs scale, with diamonds being a 10, making diamond the faster and better mineral to use to carve our beautiful stone.  What was used to carve NZ greenstone before diamond impregnated tools? Before the use of dia...

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