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Sands Studio Slate Whakaruruhau Pendant

Sands Studio Slate Whakaruruhau Pendant

Regular price $79.99 NZD
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Take home a piece of Auckland’s vibrant history as a special gift for an art lover in your life! These one-of-a-kind adornment pieces are made from the original slate tiles of the 137-year-old Auckland Art Gallery building, hand-carved by artists from Sands Carving Studio. Carefully removed from the roof as part of the Gallery’s heritage restoration project, each tile has been beautifully preserved by Alex Sands and his team for future generations.  

A spark of fascination as a child grew into a career of extraordinary artwork for passionate carver Alex Sands. Sands (Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Ireland, Scotland, England) began soft stone carving at 12 years old, influenced by pounamu (jade) creations of his Māori ancestors. Over 20 years later, he founded Sands Carving Studio with his wife Preet to share his love and art with the world. Although sourcing, exploring, and creating with pounamu remains his most ardent passion, Sands also works with stone, wood, metal, and bone to carve one-of-a-kind sculptures, hei tiki, and other forms of personal adornments.

Each piece of slate jewellery has been made by hand and is one of a kind. Variations in the colour and shape of the slate may occur as a result. This only adds to the unique beauty and character of each piece.

3.5 x 2.5 x 0.2cm pendant (approx.)
37cm (approx.) necklace
made in Aotearoa, New Zealand

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