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“Amazing piece's and amazing artist!”
Review of Garth Wilson Jade

Garth Wilson Jade
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Greymouth
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Owner description: 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 handles some of the best New Zealand pounamu and find out the meanings and stories behind the Maori designs. Garth Wilson Jade - for that special piece!
Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Amazing piece's and amazing artist!”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

This is without a doubt the ONLY place to go if you want to buy jade whilst in New Zealand. Garth's piece's are stunning, and he really takes time to explain to you the whole process behind them, and the important historical and cultural references. He carved me a design of my life story on a bracelet and it is so beautiful. He is a great guy to chat to - my partner and I felt like we could just spend the whole day with him learning about his trade. Thank you Garth, we will definitely be buying some more!

Visited January 2014
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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362 reviews
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“The place to go for Jade”
Reviewed 14 December 2013

Garth and his wife are delightful. They share their knowledge about the Jade history and traditions, with no pressure to buy. So interesting to talk to. It's very special to buy a piece that has been found and carved by Garth, makes it very personal, so much better than just buying from a tourist shop. And I loved the fact I can email to get pictures to select pieces to be shipped to me in the UK.

Visited December 2013
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Welshpool, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Enthusiastic and talanted artist”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

We spenta really interesting time with Garth and his wife, as he explained the stories behind his creations. Well worth visiting, and seeing what he produces

Visited November 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful Visit”
Reviewed 2 May 2013

We heard about Garth from our hotelier and we were not sorry we made the trip to see him.

Garth is extremely knowledgeable regarding jade and only to happy to pass on his wisdom.

We felt no pressure to buy any pieces at all. Ended up buying 4 pieces 2 for our anniversary and 2 koru's for our children. The pieces were well priced when compared to the big jade shops in the bigger towns and also we had the joy in knowing who had hand crafted our pieces.

Id highly recommend anyone wanting jade pieces to go and say hello to Garth.

Visited April 2013
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Authentic Jade Pieces froma great Artist”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

We stopped by a couple times and Garth and his wife are friendly and knowledgeable and a great help when picking out pieces, It is very satisfying to buy pieces of art directly from the artist, who in this case has found and prepared the stones and carved the pieces in the gallery that you can visit. Our pieces from Garth are much more meaningful than a piece bouth in a large tourist jade shop. thanks Garth

Visited April 2013
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