Ahakoa he iti he Pounamu

Although it is small it is Pounamu

Many of you have a piece (or pieces of) Pounamu, gifted or collected over the years; sitting in a drawer unworn, because the string has become old, is too light for the weight of your taonga (treasure), or is made from a material that irritates your neck.

Re-stringing taonga for customers started as a really practical solution for a common issue but what we found was that by re-stringing Pounamu, with specific accentuating taonga, we actually bought new life to the Pounamu – accentuating its inherent beauty – adding the “yin to the yang” or as one of our followers stated:

It all starts with being connected to and recognising the beauty of nature for sure. The true artist has this connection and finds inspiration from it. This necklace is yoga – the unification of opposites. The Pounamu represents the male, the beads the female. Very spiritual…”1918153_997581486957543_7240294763459331853_n

Just like the whakatāuki (proverb) above, what began as a “small” idea to accentuate precious taonga, has since developed into a new business collaboration that is uniquely “Pounamu”.

Ngāi Tahu whānau are the traditional kaitiaki (intergenerational guardians) of Pounamu in their regions, with exclusive ownership and rights to market Pounamu in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā (traditional area) using the unique Ngāi Tahu authentication system. https://www.ngaitahupounamu.com

In May 2016, SIC started a conversation with Ngāti Waewae who are an enterprising Ngāi Tahu whānau company based in Hokitika, selling genuine authentic Ngāi Tahu Pounamu. Ngāti Waewae are leading Pounamu marketing to a world-wide audience, merging their unique history and culture with a sustainable business approach.


13781738_1060403200675371_6556402990496759934_nNgāi Tahu Pounamu and SIC are in the process of developing a specific new range that will showcase the best of authentic Ngāi Tahu Pounamu, carved by Ngāti Waewae, with SIC’s contemporary fashionable necklaces.

The new brand will incorporate a unique range of beautiful balanced taonga that we will each jointly market to our existing and new customers. Here are a few beautiful samples of what is to come – WATCH THIS SPACE!



Bloodstone and Aquamarine – March’s powerful birthstones harness the ancient power of the Sun and calming influence of the Sea

Bloodstone – Ancient Sun Stone

Bloodstone (also known as “heliotrope”) was the traditional birthstone of March until the 1950s, when it was replaced by Aquamarine. It was the March birthstone in the ancient Roman, Polish, Arabic, Hebrew and old Hindu calendars.

Bloodstone is the zodiac stone for Aries and Pisces, both zodiac signs falling partly in the month of March. Translated from the Greek word for ‘sun-turner’, bloodstones were highly revered and even fashioned into mirrors to view sun-eclipses. A green/blue chalcedony (silica or quartz) mineral, bloodstones have spots of iron oxide, or (usually red) Jasper, which is another less-known birthstone for March.


Wear Bloodstone to instil courage, strength and tenacity and bring your bodies energy into balance. Bloodstone’s strong vibration will help to dissipate confusion, bring peace and serenity, and repel negativity.

Aquamarine – Calming Sea Stone


Aquamarine replaced Bloodstone as the birthstone for March in 1952 and is the zodiac stone for Pisces. Aquamarine derived its name from the Latin words aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea. This gem is a blue variety of Beryl, which when green, is called emerald, and when yellow, heliodor. Aquamarine is generally light in tone and ranges from blue, greenish blue to blue-green. The color usually is more intense in larger stones.

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Aquamarine was believed to procure favour from the spirits of the light and protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage. The serene color of Aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded. Another courage stone to be worn for its calming energies, or to reduce stress and quieten the mind. Aquamarine is particularly helpful for closure on all levels.

If the influence of the sun or the sea is not enough for those of you born in March, you can also choose from three other March birthstones: Jasper (Supreme Nurture stone), Jade (Purity, Serenity and Prosperity) or Gold-Shiva-Linga (a flesh-colored variety of Jasper) that is highly revered by Hindus for its ability to influence love, unity and harmony of the soul’s energy forces within the Universe.


Today (February 4) marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat or the green wooden sheep (ram) in Chinese astrology, the year of solidarity, harmony and calmness. It is the birth sign for those born in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.

Goats are social preferring the company of others than being alone and have some very special character traits: honest, intimate, and easily affected by others misfortune…mild mannered, shy, sympathetic, intelligent, particularly creative and charming – we all need a goat in our lives!  The goat is also the lucky 8th sign in the Chinese zodiac and symbolises wisdom, fortune and prosperity.  The element is earth,  colour is green and numbers 3, 9 and 4 will bring luck to all goats.

And in numerology 2015 is a universal year 8 for the child of fate – a year to learn through the unexpected, a year that will inspire greatness if you choose to remove the breaks and take risks. Year 8 is governed by Saturn (the master teacher) who just happens to be in our universe to help us evolve and live in a state of higher consciousness.

So to all you goats and green wooden sheep – wishing you the happiest and most prosperous of years – make the most of all it brings your way!