Edwardian Oversized New Zealand Greenstone Heart Pendant
DATE: Edwardian, c.1910
This cool oversized pendant is made from New Zealand greenstone (or nephrite). The stone has been carved into a heart shape, with an applied silver fern centrepiece (actually modelled in 9k gold). The silver fern (Cyathea dealbata) motif is associated with New Zealand, and is indeed endemic to the islands. Locally, greenstone is also called Pounamu, and traditionally should not be bought for oneself but given as a gift to someone else.
5.7 x 5.0cm