Maori Twist Pendants
The Maori single twist (pikorua) is a very popular symbol. It is a symbol that signifies love and friendship.
Single twist pendants resemble the bond between two people, two lives intertwined, the paths of love and life. That’s why it is also called the ‘two person friendship pendant’.
The twisted shape perfectly represents the meaning of friendship. Or as Aristotle said: “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies”.
Because it resembles a relationship for eternity it makes it a perfect gift for lovers, newlyweds, and fiancees. (Click the picture for more info, buying, and more bone single twist pendants).
The typical entanglement has no beginning or end which refers to the eternal character of this bond. This is why the single twist is often given as a present to beloved ones who , for whatever reason, will be separated from their friends, family, or lovers. The pendant is a reminder that how far away the other person may be, their bond still exists. The denomination; “The path of love and life” also refers to this symbolic meaning.
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Maori twist pendants make great gifts. Or as the Maori say: “E iti noa ana, na te aroha”. Which means; “Though my present be small, my love goes with it”. Source: Maori proverbs on Wikiquote.
Other symbols of friendship, love, and the connection between people are the Buddhist endless knot, and the Irish claddagh.
Maori Twist Pendant Materials
Maori twist pendants come in different materials. Some are made of a special type of greenstone that is only found in New Zealand. Because this gemstone is only native to this part of the world, this Maori pounamu, was used as peace offerings and even used to negotiate with immigrants. This very rock was what New Zealand and the Maori people were built upon.
Many Maori twist necklaces are traditionally made with regular materials that are local to the country. If you are looking for something that is interchangeable with different fashion styles you can still find Maori twist necklaces that are made from pewter or silver. Each pendant hangs from a thin, regular rope like material.
The pewter version of the Maori twist pendant necklace is moving swiftly through the ranks as a more popular choice. This may be the style you are looking for, so you can wear the necklace that complements any social gathering. Pewter Maori pendant necklaces usually have a cultural or tribal design carved into the metal for added style.
Another fashionable Maori twist pendant is the paua shell twist necklace. This multicolored single twist pendant is made from handpicked paua shell and inlaid into sterling silver. It’s a classy pendant that has a great vibrant color that matches with any clothing. It’s also a fun piece to sport around the beach and the pool. What’s great about this is the paua shell one of those materials that is hard to come by if you live on the other side of the world. The paua shell offers something different, with a unique style and different materials.
When the Maori people went to war with outsiders they often made Maori twist necklaces to protect the warrior that wore the pendant. Upon victory, the Maori people would eat their enemy for added powers and shrunk their heads.
Maori Twist Pendant Designs
There are a lot of different types of Maori twist necklaces to choose. Apart from the common single twist there are also double and triple twist pendants and even more intricate designs such as hybrids.
The koru twist, for example, combines the traditional twist with the Maori koru. The koru is added into the infinity twist to represent peace and tranquility.
The Koru is also favored for the symbol for new opportunities and a positive future. It’s also symbolic to friendship and love.