When the first European settlers arrived on the West coast of the South Island of New Zealand, they found the Maoris were using tough, hard and very beautiful green stone to make war weapons, cutting and carving tools and articles of personal adornment. The Maori called the stone Pounamu, which liberally translated means Green Stone. The settlers, ignorant of the fact that the stone was in fact Nephrite Jade, put the two words together and gave it the distinctive name - Greenstone and it is still known in New Zealand by this name.
New Zealand Greenstone is best described as being one thousand and one different colours and shades. No two items made from New Zealand Greenstone are exactly alike. The range if colours that are unique to New Zealand Greenstone sets it apart from the rest of the world.