This double-sided Aotea Koru Manaia - Pounamu Guardian Pendant features pāua shell inlaid eyes with red wax accents. It is carved from Aotea stone and measures approximately 6 cm in diameter. It was hand carved and polished by Alex Sands.
A personal shield of great power, manaia is the embodiment of mana - the archetypal Maori measurement of worth, respect, and prestige. With ethereal presence and energy, manaia protects the wearer. Manaia: the elemental guardian of earth, sea, and sky.
Koru are the quintessential pattern of Māori design. Taken from the fern frond, are found throughout the forests of Aotearoa, Koru represents the growth, the potential and peace found in the whenua (land). They are gifts of love and friendship.