Q: Where do you get your stone from?
A: We get our stone from all over the world, chiefly New Zealand , Australia, and Guatemala. Much of the stone we use comes primarily from the west coast of the south island (Te Tai o Poutini) New Zealand (Aotearoa). We also get Jade from the Tasman region and obtain Basalt from the Otago peninsula. Each carving listed on the shop will state where the origin stone is from.
Q: Do you send carvings internationally and what does this cost?
A: Yes indeed! we use track and trace international shipping, this is free when you spend over a certain amount and a flat $30 to all other parts of the world except Australia which is $15. Shipping is free within NZ.
Q: How hard is Jade?
A: Nephrite Jade it is slightly harder than steel, about 6 to 6.5 on the mohs scale ( a 1 to 10 hardness scale ), Jadeite is 6.5 to 7.
Q: How is Jade carved?
A: With a mixture of old fashioned drawing of the design, and a combination of high powered motor driven tools that utilize diamond plated surfaces and running water to keep them cool.
Q: How long does it take to make a carving?
A: It really depends on the intricacy of the design and hardness of the stone, it could be anywhere from a few hours to a few days or even weeks!
Q: If i purchase a Pounamu ( NZ Jade ) carving will it be blessed?
A: As this is a matter of personal preference and belief we leave
this part up to the client.