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Maoris designs and their meanings

The jewellery we design and make, takes themes from the New Zealand landscape,  sea and shoreline, Maori and Pacifica designs, blended into traditional and contempory wearable art.
Listed below are a brief explanation of these designs, these are not intended to be comprehensive or definitive in their descriptions, but simply represent our understanding of some of the underlying meanings and themes, within these designs.

The Koru;
Taken from the new, unfurling fronds of the Ponga or Tree Fern, found throughout the New Zealand forest and bush.
This graceful form represents, strength, vitality, new life, a new beginning.

 

The Spiral Twist;
Formed in a single or multiple twists, this design represents the timeless bond and strength, found through true friendship, partnership and committment, two lives becomming one.

The Toki or adze head;
A work tool used for chopping, shapping and carving.
When worn represents the potential for a lasting wisdom, authority and leadership to form, when men and women rightly and fairly govern, lead and seve others.

Hei Matua or fish hook;
This design represents strength and determination, power and authority.
Often given to those who travel over the sea.

Disc or circular design;
Represents the potential for strength, vitality, wisdom and a peace, energy contained and completed.

The Drop shape;
This simple and elegant design brings dignity and beauty to the wearer.