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Māori Legends: Tāne Pendant - 2019 Jewellery Design Awards

Tane: Pearl, Paua, and Sapphire pendant in 18ct yellow gold - JDA Finalist 2019
Tane: Pearl, Paua, and Sapphire pendant in 18ct yellow gold - JDA Finalist 2019
Tane: Pearl, Paua, and Sapphire pendant in 18ct yellow gold - JDA Finalist 2019

Māori Legends: The Tāne Pendant

The Tāne pendant was inspired by the Māori Legend of Tāne. Tāne, god of forests and birds, decided to separate his parents, Papatuanuku, the Earth mother, and Ranginui, the Sky father, who were in a tight embrace causing nothing but darkness. The pendant and its elongated design represent Tāne and his siblings’ journey of separating their parents to reveal the light, thus creating Earth.  

The Pendant

The Tāne pendant features a pair of beautifully rough-cut tumble polished sapphires, however, the stars of the show are the hand-sculpted piece of Paua and the natural rough pearl.  Rough cut sapphires show the journey of Tāne and his siblings, and their disagreement with their sibling, Tawhiri Matea, on separating their parents.  

The pink sapphire represents Tawhiri Matea, and how he left for the sky to be with his father after the separation. The purple sapphire represents Tāne’s brothers, who stayed on earth, between both of their parents. The 18ct yellow gold arrow that stretches between the paua and presses into the pearl represents Tāne amid the act of pushing his parents apart to allow for light to stream in. The pendant is hand crafted in 18ct yellow gold, with a woven flax leaf feature behind the paua to further tie the pendant to aspects of Māori legend and culture. 


Jewellery Design Awards

The Tāne Pendant was a finalist in the 2019 Australian based Jewellery Design Awards (JDA) under the Pearl Category.

JDA 2019 Finalist - Pearl Award

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Product Code: 113185 - Tane
Design © The Village Goldsmith Limited 2019

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