Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Jade Studio...

The Jade Studio ( is a bijoux atelier in Nelson, New Zealand, where 2 local artists, Terry and Ruth Urban, have developed quite a following.

Above: Terry Urban, Below: Ruth Urban.

Working only with authentic New Zealand Jade and Tangiwai (the two stones considered as Pounamu (sacred greenstone to indigenous Maori iwi (tribes)), this couple produce some of the finest carving work in the country. Not only do they have many traditional designs on hand, but have created some of their own designs with special cultural or spiritual significance. Each piece is handcrafted from a raw block of stone, such as the one below:

and ends up looking like these finished products!

They are now taking special orders and can work with clients on pieces large and small to create a design unique for individuals and companies. They will ship overseas on request.

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