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One of life’s most rewarding experiences is collecting fine art, and sometimes it’s best to take a little more time to make these acquisitions with ease. We understand and want to do everything possible to make collecting your next artwork more comfortable. At Coastal Peoples Gallery, we offer an interest-free layaway program and offer flexible terms which can be customized to your individual needs.
Ross found his first pieces of jade in 1971. He was fortunate enough to live only 5 km from the Arahura River on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, the traditional Maori home of jade, also known as greenstone or pounamu. Ross now resides in a small coastal settlement at the top of the South Island of New Zealand.
Ross has spent much of his time on the West Coast prospecting for jade and had much sucess in earlier years in the various jade fields, forming mining companies and also building retail shops. He has also taught about 18 other people to carve jade, most of whom still carve today.
One of Ross' largest commissions was to carve a replica of the Americas Cup in jade. Ross has produced many beautiful carvings over the years and continues to be passionate about carving jade.
Hei-Matau represents prosperity, abundance and fertility. The wearer of a Hei-Matau is seen as a provider and protector who is strong willed and determined to succeed in life. They are worn to protect travelers over water, and are also symbols of power and authority which are held in great reverence by the Maori people. They were used practically as a tool for fishing and often decorated as a sign of respect for sea creatures.