While New Zealand has a wide variety of indigenous fern species, the most prominent and readily identifiable is the silver fern, which comes from the Ponga Tree (‘Cyathea dealbata’, from the Cyatheaceae family). The Ponga (pronounced “Punga”) can grow to 10 metres in height with long, flat fronds. It is found throughout the country at moderate altitudes, particularly in wetter regions. The silver fern gains its name from its distinctive silvery underside, which was once used as markers by Maori war parties, whilst European settlers used the trunks for huts. It has become one of New Zealand’s national symbols and is used as the symbol for national sports teams, ranging from cricket to netball and rugby. To wear the silver fern in representing N.Z is considered one of the highest honours.
Luke Gardiner, this self-taught artist, finds his inspiration in nature and has been re-creating it’s beauty in greenstone for over a decade. His connection with the wairua (spirit) of the land is evident in each of his designs, infusing his artwork with a peaceful, protective aura.
A vital part of his artistic process is to carefully assess each piece of jade before he decides which design it will best suit.
Due to nature of the stone the colour may vary.
Size: 4.5 cm