Photographer's Note

Hokitika is a town on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, 40 kilometres south of Greymouth, and close to the mouth of the Hokitika River. The town has a population of just over 4,500. It is very famous for Pounamu. Pounamu ,New Zealand Greenstone, is a highly prized hard nephrite jade found in New Zealand and parts of Australia. It is composed of chlorite and epidote which makes the stone a mid-to-dark green colour.
They can be generally found in rivers but they appear as boulders and stones and are difficult to identify without cutting them open.
Photo was taken in one of many Hokitika's Jade manufactory. You can see the sampler with a few different types of greenstone.
It is cut using diamond tools and curved into various shapes and finaly into beautiful pieces of jewellery, much of it in traditional Maori design.
Hope you'll enjoy this photo.

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