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    Not sure if anyone knows ... but do those necklaces the Kiwis wear actually mean something?

    They are usually on a thick black thread and have various shapes in various stones - usually a white stone, the more expensive ones are greenstone.

    Silly question really, but if they are making a 'statement' would like to know what it is!

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    Hi Glenda,

    Yes all the shapes have meaning. If you go into any tourist shop you'll see them for sale and most will have a card attached with the meanings explained. They are carved from bone or Jade and have meanings such as 'eternal bonds/friendships'or to 'keep you safe whilst travelling'etc.....

    Hope that helps.

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    Hi Lou,

    Nice to hear from you again ... I hope life in Welly is good, especially now the weather is better. :)

    Thanks for that info. It was just one of those things I wondered about seeing how so many people wore them. I must admit I don't go into tourist shops here, having been promoted from tourist to permanent resident, ;) but it looks as if a little more basic education is required!

    Cheers.
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    hi Glenda,

    yes as Lou says they do mean something - depending on carving. they are beautiful charms.

    Plus just to note i dont beleive you buy one for yourself - it should be gift from or to someone.



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    Default Re: NZ necklaces

    The meanings of the various pendants can be found here (meanings don?t display very well on my pute as the text area is too wide) here and here . (this one needs the text size cranking up a bit)

    A bit about the giving, receiving and wearng of these necklaces .

    I hope these are the ones you're asking about, Glenda.
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    Yes, great links there Mother Bear! [smiley=smiley20.gif]

    I was wondering what to give my daughter for her birthday last month and hesitated on purchasing one of these necklaces as I really did not know what they meant; it has niggled me ever since.

    Now we know!

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    Default Re: NZ necklaces

    Although the above link probably has much more info, I recall these from the carvings I bought:

    Koru (fern fiddleneck) spiral represents fresh life and beginnings.
    Maui's Fishhook is for luck and safe travel, especially on the water.

    When I bought mine, I mostly selected them for aesthetic reasons. But their meanings add an amulet quality to them. I realize that the locals may not be as fond of them as we tourists, but they are beautiful. I'm not sure about any negative energy related to buying a carving for onesself, but it seems that giving is usually a good thing.

    If ever you want to splurge on a gorgeous piece of wearable art, there's a bone carver, Brian Flintoff, http://www.jadeandbone.co.nz/, in the Nelson area. I recommend drooling all over his website.
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    Default Re: NZ necklaces

    Thanks for the link, selchie.

    I did read somewhere on one of the other links that you can buy one of these necklaces for yourself, but it must be done with respect. I guess some believe there is a use/charm/talisman value to them - a bit like wearing a St. Christopher or cross.
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