The Story of New Zealand Jade Commonly Know as Greenstone

Author(s): G.L. Pearce

NZ Natural History | Secondhand

Jade sometimes conjures up romantic fancies of ancient Eastern cultures where it was not only valued for it's rarity and beauty, but revered for its symbolic virtues. It's other names of neprite of - in New Zealand - greenstone, are not so evocative, but the story is no less fascinating. In his usual concise and eminently readable fashion, Mr. Pearce describes the use of this semi-precious stone, restricted by a geological freak to a relatively few places in the world, and the extent to which it has been valued and collected throughout history. He then deals specifically with its place in New Zealand history and folklore from the time of it's first discovery by the Maori to the present day, when the working of it is a growing industry giving scope for skilled artist/craftsmen to create beautiful things

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General Fields

  • : D978026011700
  • : A. H. & A. W. Reed
  • : Reed Education
  • : January 1970
  • : Wellington
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : G.L. Pearce