This Koru is 42mm in diameter and approximately 9mm thick since the cord runs in a special channel around the outside of the Koru.
The Koru is carved from pounamu we have collected from the Arahura River between Greymouth and Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island. It is the Kokopu pounamu, which is named after the native New Zealand speckled trout.
The Koru has a very strong, waxed nylon cord so the pendant can be worn ALL the time - even in any kind of water. It is four strands of cord that have been platted into a special, round, 4-plait. The cord is adjustable by pinching the special knots between your thumb and finger and pulling.
The Koru represents the new shoots of the fern plant opening so it symbolises growth, harmony and new beginnings.
It also represents the family as a whole, an individual person, an event, time, place, accomplishment or achievement that has happened in your life.
They were traditionally tattooed on the body and carved in the main poles and panels in the Whare/house. The Maori had an oral language. Their life story was told from the Koru's that were tattooed and carved. It is up to the person to tell the story of what their Koru’s represent.