This is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. It was believed by Maori that as a carving was worn against the skin it absorbed some of that person's essence. As carvings were passed down through the family they absorbed essence from each family member, creating a direct ancestral connection through the necklace itself. This is one reason why Maori design is so special, it is more than just an art form. This special piece measures approx. 55 mm long (approx.. 2 1/4") x approx. 30 mm. (just shy of 1 1/4") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 3 mm. wide.