Pounamu is traditionally given as a gift to express love, friendship, gratitude. The stone is a type of hard jade, found only in New Zealand. This present from William to me has a bit of a story. One day, as we prepared to leave Denver to move to New Zealand, William found a broken piece of jade in the gravel in the alley behind our apartment. He picked it up, and kept it with him as we travelled. In Wellington he sought a local jeweler who would be willing to take on a unique task. Neke Moa identified the found piece of jade as British Columbian. These earrings were the result: one made from the jade that was dropped in Colorado, one a piece of Aotearoa greenstone, both in the shape of a seed. A perfect symbol of our journey and all the amazing people and places along the way.