Garth Wilson Jade

Garth Wilson Jade, Greymouth: Hours, Address, Garth Wilson Jade Reviews: 5/5

Garth Wilson Jade
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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On the road to Shantytown, just 600 metres from the main road, you will find Garth Wilson's Jade studio and gallery. With a large parking and turning area you can come in and see Garth carving New Zealand pounamu (jade). Garth is a descendant of the Ngati Mahaki and Ngati Waewae tribes who were the original pounamu traders in New Zealand. This allows Garth and his family customary rights to go onto West Coast mountain sides and rivers to collect the pounamu (jade) themselves. Garth hand draws the designs and carves all sculptures, pendants and jewellery from New Zealand stone. Come in and handle some of the best New Zealand pounamu, find out about Garth's family history with the Pounamu, see some of our artefacts and discover the meanings and stories behind the Maori designs. Garth Wilson Jade - for that special piece!
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huiashark
Rotorua, New Zealand17 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We spent an hour and a half in the studio and could of spent longer. Knowledgeable and passionate about his craft, Garth took the time to explain and tell his story and we left with some awesome pieces
Written 10 April 2021
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Sheryl
3 contributions
Oct 2020
I purchased a beautiful Toki online as a gift for my Grandson. I am so happy with the piece. Thanks so much
Written 22 October 2020
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Kia Ora You are most welcome. We are so glad that you are happy with your special Taonga. Wishing you and your Grandson all the very best for the future. Kind regards Nga mihi Garth and Jo
Written 26 October 2020
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Faerygirl101
Christchurch, New Zealand50 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
Visiting Garth and Jo at the studio is a wonderful experience - you hear about the journey of the pieces, from how Garth and his family search the rivers for the raw stone, how he carries them back and works on them for months, first crudely then intricately to make the most beautiful pounamu we have ever seen. We commissioned a piece for a very special occasion and the result was so much better than we had hoped for, and learning how to wear it before gifting it so your mana is gifted too just made it so very personal. Thank you Garth and Jo, Arohanui (much love)
Written 22 January 2020
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Kia Ora You are most welcome for the tour and I am so glad that you enjoyed hearing about my family history with the pounamu and how I create the pieces from the raw stone to the finished Taonga. I was honoured to be able to create a special Taonga for you to gift and I am so happy to hear that it turned out so much better than you had hoped for. You have made my day :-). I wish you all the very best for a safe and healthy future. Kindest regards Nga mihi Garth
Written 26 October 2020
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Rod n Jac
Wagga Wagga, Australia113 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
Our experience with Garth Wilson Jade started long before we arrived with emails back and forward identifying pieces that Jac (my wife) may be interested in.
We also got a huge amount of travel tips for prior to arrival and after leaving. Pity is it started raining not long after we left and simply did not stop.

The whole experience with Garth & Jo was incredible. We learned so much about how Greenstone is sourced and the different meanings behind each piece.

How the stone is porous and ‘soaks in’ oils and mana from the wearer and the reasons for doing so was an incredibly powerful, emotional, & beautiful experience. Consequently I am now wearing the piece that will eventually be worn by Jac.
Garth even carved a ‘story’ on to the front of the piece that tells about us getting married and the joining of our two families.
Truly truly amazing.

If you are looking for that special piece of New Zealand Greenstone, Jade, Pounamu then you will not be disappointed by visiting Garth Wilson Jade.
There are many beautiful pieces to choose from and the prices are very reasonable for the work that has gone into each piece.

We can not speak highly enough of Garth & Jo. Genuine, authentic people and well worth a visit. A highlight of our trip that we will talk about forever.

Thank you for an amazing experience guys.
Written 20 August 2019
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Tena Koutou Rod and Jac It was such a pleasure to meet you both and share with you our knowledge and family history with the pounamu. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit with us so much. We are also really happy that you enjoyed our travel tips. It was our pleasure to help out any way we could :-) Thank you for your kind words. Garth and I hope you enjoy the rest of your time here in NZ on your honeymoon and we wish you all the very best of health and happiness in your future together as husband and wife. Nga mihi Garth and Jo
Written 25 August 2019
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oballon
2 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We went to visit Garth's workplace in May, it was a meaningful experience: beautiful pieces of art and jewellery, and such a warmful and enthusiastic welcome from Garth, Jo and their son.
They even gave us advices on tracks to visit despite the bad weather, and it was really worth the shaky ride!
I also had advice on how to offer a pounamu pendant in the traditional way, thank you again!

Pour les Français, étape à ne pas manquer!
Written 3 June 2019
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Tena Koutou You are most welcome :-). We are really happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with and the advice that we gave. It was a pleasure to meet you too and share our knowledge. All the best for a wonderful happy and healthy future Nga mihi Garth, Jo and Hayden
Written 5 June 2019
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GCBB2013
5 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
It's difficult to put into words how meaningful our visit with Garth and Jo was. The fantastic Bernie Monk (see Paroa Hotel) sent us there and we're forever grateful. I wanted to buy a piece of jade jewelry to commemorate our trip to NZ, but this experience was so much more. Garth and his family collect all of their own jade stones in the rivers and valleys, as generations of his Maori ancestors have always done. He carves all of the pieces himself - except for the ones his children are carving as they're learning the family traditions. Jo creates the beautiful wrappings and is such an integral part of the experience. My hubby and i were each called to a certain piece, and Jo shared with us the meanings and traditions of the stones and their designs. Understanding the Maori value of the stone and the sharing of mana through these pieces brings tears to my eyes writing this. What a special, moving, experience meeting them was. We carry a piece of them with us on our journey...
Written 6 April 2019
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Tena Koutou to you both Garth and I really enjoyed meeting you both and spending the time with you - showing you about the pounamu and teaching you about our history with our special Taonga/treasure. We are happy that you enjoyed your visit so much. Yes, Bernie and the Paroa Hotel is fantastic. It is our favourite place to go and eat. We would love to see you both again in the future if you ever come back to the Coast again. We wish you all the very best for a wonderful future. Kindest regards Nga mihi Garth and Jo
Written 7 April 2019
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SKSK
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Apr 2019 • Couples
My husband and I had already purchased pounamu from Hokitika. We visited Wilson’s studio driven by curiosity and on our way out of the West Coast of NZ. Did we get surprised! Garth has a unique collection of authentic pounamu pieces all carved by him. We chose twin pendants - relationship Manaia. He took the time to share with us his family story, his knowledge about pounamu, and he followed all Maori protocols before handing us the two pendants. We got much more than two jewellery items. Garth gave us an authentic Maori art symbolising love, care, blessings and the sharing of mana. Garth Wilson, it was a privilege meeting you, may you and your family be blessed.
Warm regards, Simona and Kamen, Australia
Written 5 April 2019
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Tena Koutou Simona and Kamen It was a pleasure to meet you both and share with you my Whanau traditions and customs. I am honoured by your kind words - thank you very much. I am so happy to hear that you love the most special relationship Manaia pendants and hope that they continue to bring you much protection and good luck for the future. Nga mihi Garth
Written 26 October 2020
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S.R.
6 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
We showed up wanting a jade ring for my husband, and ended up being taken care of beyond our hopes. Garth is working hard to make us a custom ring before we leave the country in a few days, despite the many other projects he needs to get done. Joe, gave us some of the best suggestions we’ve had this whole trip and was so kind to help us find things to do in the area. All of her suggestions were amazing! They gave us time, knowledge, and a new treasure. We are so grateful!
Written 3 April 2019
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Kia Ora Stephanie and Zachary It was a pleasure to meet you both and to be able to help you out with the ring. It is all completed and should be waiting for you upon your arrival in Christchurch today. We are happy to hear that our suggestions were amazing. Glad we could help you enjoy our beautiful country. You are most welcome :-) Maybe we'll see you again in the future if you return to see some more. All the best with the teaching and writing. All the best to you both. Kind regards, Nga mihi Garth and Jo
Written 4 April 2019
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Laraine C
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia48 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We met Garth and his wife Joe when in Greymouth.As we got out of our car at his studio we were greeted by his lovely wife Joe.She explained to us what each carved item represented in the Maori culture,and whilst doing this her husband Garth came in and immediately started on a piece of of Jade he'd recently finished and was polishing to bring out its true colour.His craftsmanship is truely beautiful, and he and Joe explained how they go out searching for ponamu Jade,cut it and turn it into theses beautiful pieces.We spent a fair time with them and it was very interesting learning about his craft.Whenwe came to leave Joe recommended places of interest to stop at as we journeyed on.Highly recommend if you want to buy jade you go to Garth as once you have seen his work you will realise the quality is superior to what you will see in many shops.Thank you Garth & Joe.
Written 31 March 2019
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Kia Ora Loraine It was a pleasure to meet you both and spend the time together sharing our knowledge and work with you. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit so much. You are most welcome :-) Thank you for your recommendations to others to come and visit and we are glad that you enjoyed our recommendations on things to stop and see when you left us. We wish you all the best for a wonderful future and would love to see you again if you come back to the West Coast. Kind regards Nga mihi Garth and Jo
Written 3 April 2019
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Gillian
Hamilton, New Zealand1 contribution
Mar 2019
Garth carves the most beautiful pounamu. Joanna's communication and commitment to service is outstanding. They appear to have a passion for ensuring each person receives a beautiful piece of pounamu, carved with meaning, to be worn with love. I very much appreciate their time given generously, the effort made by both Garth and Joanna and the beauty of the pieces carved for us. Thank you so much. Gillian
Written 29 March 2019
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Kia Ora Gillian You are most welcome. We do love what we do and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed you visit with us so much and love your special pounamu Taonga. All the best for the future Nga mihi Garth and Jo
Written 31 March 2019
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