Hei Koru Pounamu Aotearoa New Zealand Greenstone
Hei Koru- Pātene
(Diam 31 x D8 ) mm
The koru, meaning loop or coil, mimics the pītau (unfurled shoot) of our native ponga, the iconic silver fern. While the plant is only found in Aotearoa, the spiral is a universal pattern found all across nature. The symbol represents the essence of life being in perpetual motion yet ever the same; always returning to origin. Koru has always used by Māori to represent nurturing and connection. Koru form kōwhaiwhai patterns, which are found everywhere in traditional Māori art, architecture, carving and tattoo. Their symbols share the stories of their whakapapa.
Crafted by hand at the Oro Negro Carving Studio on Karangahape Road. We follow Māori Whakairo protocol in crafting taonga that honours the traditions of tangata whenua o Aotearoa.
Our Taonga is made to be worn daily. You can shower with it on. It is advised that during physical activity you take off your pounamu or wear it under your clothing. Pounamu will absorb your skin’s oils, so if your taonga is looking dry you can rub it against your skin. Alternatively, you can rub into the stone a tiny amount of natural oil such as coconut or olive oil for shine.