Incorporating the koru design
The koru's outer coil and its fluid circular shape portray the idea of growth and perpetual movement as we continue on life's journey. While the inner coil suggests a return to one's point of origin.
We love to incorporate the koru and its many meanings into our greenstone carvings. Whether it be replicating the shape of the koru, etching it into stone, or harmonizing it with other designs to create something new and exciting.
Let's see how we embrace the koru in our work.....
Replicating the shape of the koru
Some of our most loved designs are the open greenstone koru and closed greenstone koru. They are crafted to simply portray the natural shape of the koru and connect people to Aotearoa. Luke Gardiner and our Mountain Jade Workshop team carve many of these popular designs.
Harmonizing with other motifs
With many of our carvings we combine two or more designs to create a contemporary greenstone necklace which incorporates many meanings. This is one of the ways we try to push the boundaries with pounamu carving and move the art form we love into the future.
Etching the koru into stone
Etching greenstone involves carefully scooping away parts of the stone to create beautiful patterns with are smooth to run your fingers over. Tamaora Walker is well-known for his exceptional etching skills.
Creating something new
The koru also drives our inspiration to create new carvings which are not based on the traditional shape of the koru - but you can see the influence of the motif throughout the finished piece.
Koru share sets
You'll often see the koru motif used in our same stone share sets designs, as when brought together the flowing circular shapes of both pieces fit peffectly together as one.
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