This beautiful and iridescent Whaea o te Peara Manawa - Mother of Pearl Heart Pendant was carved by Alex Sands.
Mother of Pearl is a material produced by some molluscs as an inner layer; it is also the material of which pearls are composed. It is strong, resilient, and iridescent.
“I will take from my domain the coolest blues of the ocean. And ask of my brother Tane the freshest greens of the forest. From the dawn you shall have a tinge of violet. From the sunset a blush of pink. And overall there will be a shimmer of mother of pearl”.
-Tangaroa, god of the sea.