koru necklace

You might have seen those beautiful, green spiral-shaped pendants on necklaces, and you want to know what they are all about. This article is what you need. The Koru necklace has been here a while and is becoming a must-have addition to our jewellery collections. 

They are famous for their tribal yet sophisticated feel and their ability to match many attires. The pendant also has unique representations of the one who was them. It relates a certain aura and purpose. 

In this article, we’ll talk about their origin, design, what they represent, and a lot of other fun stuff. Let’s cut the chase and start at its origins.


The spiral pattern on the Koru necklace originates from the heart of New Zealand, specifically the Maori people.

The pattern has been painted on houses and shrines, depicting its importance to the people. This Maori pattern is also very much present in tattoos and other Maori carvings.

The Maori people are indigenous peoples of mainland New Zealand. The word “Koru,” in fact, is Maori for loop or coil.

Meaning and Representation

The spiral shape of the koru necklace is deeply rooted in Maori culture and is directly gotten from the shape of a budding silver fern. The plant is very sacred to them. It has become New Zealand’s national flora. 

When a fond from the silver fern buds, it usually does so by uncoiling slowly from an already coiled position as it grows. This attribute depicts newness and growth for the Maori people. 

The process of silver fern bud unveiling also depicts slow and steady progress. The circular form has also been said to represent harmony.

The bud’s original spiral shape also represents a constant return to origins. The pendant reaps off all these meanings and is considered a worthy representation of all these. 

Making Process

koru necklace

The necklace is usually made of jade or bone (greenstone or pounamu) and might also be bound by traditional authentic cords. An artist usually sketches the pendant with very subtle variations to keep the spiral form as original as possible. 

They are then carved out, primarily by hand, into blocks of jade or bone. The preferred or more popular variation is jade. This process is slow and requires stable hands for perfect results. 

There are various company-manufactured pieces, but we would go with locally sourced pieces any day. Don’t worry; you can get that at our stores. 

When you buy locally sourced pieces, you’re supporting local artists and giving back to the community where the Koru necklace originated. 

However, you can also get prices from a professional artist who has studied the craft over the years. The choice is all yours. 

Wearing and Styling 

How you want to wear your Koru necklace is up to you. We will not give you any style guide because we know a Koru necklace is more than just a piece of jewellery. 

It could represent who you are, what you’ve been through, or maybe a phase of your life. This is something we would leave you to decide. 

However, if you’re going for the Koru necklace because of its tribal appeal, we recommend that you wear them with beach shirts. They can also go along with jungle shorts and fishnet outfits. 

Pro-tip, if you can wear it to the beach, you can wear the necklace with it.

In conclusion, the Koru is a gift from the Maori that reminds us of new beginnings, growth, and harmony. When you wear it, it reminds you of these values. We hope this article will resonate with you.