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Discover Maori Unique Handcrafted Jewelry!
The Maori have strong spiritual ties with their land. They are of the belief that everything has a soul (the wairua) and a spiritual essence (the mana). This gave birth to the most unique handcrafted jewelry where every curves, every lines have a profound signification. Materializing the bond between the land and its inhabitants Maori jewelry designs give the wearer a sense of belonging an adequation. This is one you will enjoy more and more as time passes. One that will become a integral part of you.
Maori Hei-Matau Necklaces
The Hei Matau is a representation of a fish hook. Legend has it that the North island of New Zealand was once a giant fish captured by the mythical fisherman Maui with a line and a bone hook. The sea has always been a very important resource for the Maori as the local fauna didn't provide any mammals they could feed on.
The Hei Matau is a symbol of strength, prosperity abundance, fertility, and more generally of respect for the sea. It is also believed to be a good luck charm when traveling over water and is often worn by fishermen and surfers.
Maori Koru Necklaces
The Koru is a spiral shaped symbol that is a representation of the silver fern frond as it unfold into a new leaf. It is a symbol of peace, tranquility, personal growth or new beginnings. The Koru is also associated with a return to a primordial state and symbolises the fact that life with its perpetual evolution remains essentially the same.
Maori Manaia Necklace
The Manaia is an ancient mythical being usually depicted with a bird head, human torso and snake-like lower end. It is regarded as a holder of great spiritual energy, a guardian against evil and a protector against intruder. The Manaia is also said to be the messenger between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits. Often mixed with many other Maori designs with subtle differences from a tribe to another.
Maori Twist Necklace
Symbol of the many paths of life and love connecting two persons together. The paths may go in opposite direction, leading each on her separate journey, they will cross again sharing life and blending to become one. It is a statement that the ties of love, friendship and loyalty are forever. Double and triple twists have a similar meaning but refer rather to the joining of two peoples or cultures rather than individuals. They also refer the the three baskets of knowledge from an old Maori myth. These Maori designs are often integrated with other elements such as the Koru or the Hei Matau.
Maori Tiki Necklace
Very ancient symbol the Tiki is by far the least understood. A number of legends exists about its origin and meaning. It is said to have come from the stars and to be the first man on the world. Often pictured with webbed feet as to indicate an aquatic origin. The Tiki was regarded as the teacher of all things and the wearer of this symbol is therefore seen to possess clarity of thought, loyalty, great inner knowledge and strength of character. The Tiki is also considered a good luck charm when worn and in some areas is also a fertility symbol.
Sterling Silver, Paua and Pacific Pearl comtemporary Designs
Transcendent and unique handcrafted jewelry. Maori designs are the produce of a thousand years of refinements. Genuine Maori bone carved necklaces or Jade carved necklaces from New Zealand are thoughtfully and carefully hand carved by traditional Maori carvers, no two people will ever get exactly the same necklace.