In terms of sophisticated, vintage, stylistic and modern jewellery, every woman has her distinct signature style and favorite item. New Zealand is a country located between Antarctica to the south and Australia to the north. The country has a population of 5 million and they are famous on their stunning scenery and international sport division. Apart from this, New Zealand is also well-known for their Maori jewellery, Maori cravings, Maori culture and their indigenous people called Tangata Whenua.
Maori are popular in different parts of the world for their remarkable carvings which usually diverge from sculptures to jewellery. The Maori jewellery can also be carved from various sources but the most common are shell, wood, bone and jade. Once the jewellery piece is engraved, there is a unique meaning behind the chosen design and shape. Here, you will discover and learn the different meanings behind the commonly used Maori designs.
- Hei Matau– This is also known as fish-hook. This design signifies prosperity. In the present time, it symbolizes good health, determination and strength. Aside from this, it offers safe adventure over water. This is one of the reasons why Hei Matau is a very popular piece of New Zealand jewellery for those people who are traveling overseas.
- Hei Tiki– This jewellery piece of Maori is usually represents a good fortune charm that is being passed from one generation to another. It is considered as the talisman of Maori people and of New Zealand. The wearer of this Maori design expected to have character and strength.
- Circle– The path of life with no end or no beginning.
- Pikopiko– Pikopiko is Māori for young curled shoots of ferns.
- Triple or Double Twist– This is recognized as the most famous Maori design. The single twist speaks of individual people, the triple and double twist refers to the joining of cultures or people for eternity through lows and highs. They stay bonded by loyalty and friendship for life.
- Single Twist– This is also known as the joining of two individuals. Even if they move away, their life’s journey will have their respective paths meet again.
- Koru– Based on the fern frond, this symbolizes the creation. It signifies peace, strength, growth and new life. The circle shape of this design helps to express the perpetual movement idea while the interior coil recommends reappearance to the original point.
Maori Designs for Jewellery and Carving
- Koropepe– It is a symbol of new beginnings and youth, prosperity and abundance.
- Turtle– It is the sea navigation symbol.
- Whale – It symbolizes protection.
- Dolphin– It also represents protection and the wearer has alike-mindedness with the sea.
- Heart– This design usually indicated generosity, compassion, emotional balance and love.
- Drop– It signified pride, unity, independence and strength. This design is also known as excellent comfort carving.
Indeed, New Zealand jewellery is a precious memory to all people.