In Te Reo Māori, a taonga is a thing of great value or significance and the word can be applied to either a possession or a natural resource. At Simply Stone, our carvings are both: to their wearers, they are treasured gifts that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives, while to us the stones themselves are taonga, unique pieces of beauty bestowed to us by Papatūānuku, the Earth Mother. As such, these taonga must be treated with love and respect, and each will respond to its environment in different ways.
Changes in the look and feel of your stone are to be expected and should be viewed as part of its natural evolution, one that mirrors the journey and experiences of you, its wearer. With that said, there are some simple and effective ways to protect your taonga while it is in your care.
- Remove your taonga if you are doing any physical work that could damage it.
- Avoid your taonga coming into contact with oily substances such as sunscreen.
- For statement pieces, be careful when leaning over hard surfaces such as benches that could chip or break your taonga.
- Keep a soft material bag on hand to protect your taonga when carrying it in your handbag or toiletries bag.
- Be sure to avoid contact with anything that could fray or cut the cord of your taonga.
We give our thanks to Papatūānuku the Earth Mother in the form of a blessing and encourage all new caregivers to do the same. If you are interested in learning how, please reach out to us on our social media channels.