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Adorn Jewelry: Koura
David Trubridge
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Sterling Silver - Earrings: $580
Sterling Silver - Pendant: $480
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If there is one defining motif of designer/adventurer David Trubridge's output, it is Koura, his iconic teardrop basket-weave shape. Derived from the Maori tribe of his adopted New Zealand homeland, the form exhibits both a modern sleekness and a tradition of craft. Now, David has adapted it within his Adorn jewelry series, to stunning effect.

Interestingly, the word “adorn” was originally derived from Latin meaning “to furnish.” Perhaps David was subliminally inspired when he adapted his signature gem-like pendant lights into his Adorn collection of jewelry. "From a distance at night," he says, "our lights can appear like sparkling jewels. So here they are in miniature."

Hand-cast in hallmarked sterling silver, with a burnished matte finish, each of these exceptionally refined geometric talismans echo the intricate organic shapes in either earrings or a pendant necklace. Presented in a carved wood keepsake box.

  • 1.75 " l x 0.5"d (4.5x1.5cm)
  • Sterling silver
  • Branded box
  • This item normally ships within 48 hours.


“I design to communicate, to tell a story,” says the designer David Trubridge, “to relate what I find in the mountains and wilderness and what it is to be human.” Originally trained in boat design, David taught himself how to make furniture and his early work was widely heralded in his native UK. Turning a page in the early 1980s, he and his young family sold everything they had and set sail on their yacht “Hornpipe” around the Caribbean and the Pacific, while he built houses for clients living on nearby islands.

Arriving in New Zealand a few years later, David began to create furnishings inspired by his time at sea and eventually expanded to include his distinctive lighting, becoming an influential presence in the design world. An environmental sensibility governs his operation there, including recycling factory and studio waste, exclusive use of hydro electricity and eco-supportive shipping and freighting. As David puts it, “If design is not actively trying to preserve our future it is, by default, destroying it."