There are many different symbols that connote friendship—from
interlinked hearts to friendship arrows and other symbols originating
from all over the world. These symbols engraved on jewelry or worn as
part of a tattoo all mean the same thing: camaraderie, loyalty and all
the other traits and characteristics of friendship. Below are some of
these symbols most commonly used and given to friends.
is one of the most divine
relationships on earth. It carries the essence of all other relations.
A friend can be caring like a mother, strict like a father, possessive
like a brother, affectionate like a sister and shower loads of love
like a lover. In fact, life is incomplete without friends. For the
longest time, symbols have been a way of expressing friendship.
Speaking in terms of symbolical
language dates back to the Victorian era, some even say it goes back
even further. Back in that era expressing emotions with symbols became
a popular style among people. Love and friendship are one of the most
common symbolically expressed feelings. Men and women over decades
throughout the world, have relied upon symbols to express their unsaid
words and feelings. Each kind of emotion has a particular set of
symbols to express the various levels of that particular emotion.
are some of the most well known
is a bracelet braided
or woven using different colored embroidery
floss or threads. Friendship bracelets originated from the Native
Americans and were given as a sign of friendship. If you are given a
friendship bracelet, you should wear it until the threads fray or
break. In wearing a friendship bracelet, you honor the hard work and
effort put in making them. If you remove the bracelet, it is an
indication that your friendship has gone sour. Some even say that you
are entitled to a wish and that the wish will come true if the bracelet
falls off naturally.
blue gemstone is
a symbol of friendship and universal truth. This semiprecious stone is
colored a deep blue and is believed by people all over the world to
promote harmony to relationships. Some even believe that it helps you
state your opinions openly. This stone is also known to promote clear
thinking, emotional healing and wisdom.
The Claddagh Symbol
Celtic (or Irish)
represented by two hands holding a heart between them, with a crown on
top of the heart. Some say that the expression used to explain this
symbol is “With my two hands I give you my heart, and crown
it with my
loyalty." The symbol is used to represent friendship, love and loyalty.
It is said that if you wear this ring on your right hand, with the
crown turned inwards, it means that you are single. If you wear it with
the crown turned outward, it means that you are romantically involved.
If you wear the ring on your left hand, with the crown turned outwards,
it means you are engaged.
Arrows of Friendship
Native Americans, two
that cross at the center are used as a symbol of the bringing together
two clans or two people. In essence, these two arrows represent
The Jade Plant
succulent plant has
and white flowers and is a symbol of friendship. The leaves of the Jade
plant, which are a deep green, is representative of the energy and joy
that comes with a deep friendship. Give your best friend a Jade plant
on her birthday or for Christmas. The sweet fragrance of this plant
symbolizes your bond.
A Yellow Rose
give a girl a yellow
unless you just want to be friends with her. A rose of this color
symbolizes a true, close bond—but not the romantic kind. You
however give this to someone you’re already in a relationship
signify that you want your relationship to go into a much deeper level,
or simply to tighten your bond with him or her.
A Rhodonite Ball
known as a rescue
spherical talisman is given to a friend who you have a strong and
stable bond with.
use these dainty
(or “kikus,” as they are called) as a gift for
friends. This flower has
been a symbol for friendship in Japan culture for many years. Close
friends exchange Chrysanthemums to represent virtue and their tight
friendship. While the flower grows, it also symbolizes the growth of
Chinese symbol for friendship.
hearts are a well
known symbol of friendship and love. This symbol can used to either
express deep friendship and also love.
|Pikorua - This is a Maori twist symbol that resembles an intertwined new-growth pikopiko
fern frond found in the damp woods of New Zealand. It represents the beauty, strength and
endurance of the bond of loyal friendship between two people. It is also symbolic of the criss-
crossing and inter-linked paths of life of friends. True friends share an eternal connection that
will not weaken even when the persons are separated at times. Pendants inspired by this
symbol are often gifted to friends in celebration of a lasting and loving relationship.
|Ese Ne Tekrema - Ese Ne Tekrema, literally meaning 'the teeth and the tongue', is an Adinkra symbol of friendship. Adinkra symbols are West African symbols of the Asante (Ghana) people from the kingdom of Gayaman. Ese Ne Tekrema is a pictorial representation of a tongue and teeth. The tongue and the teeth have different, but inter-dependent roles. They exist together inside the mouth and can come into conflict, still they work together. This way, Ese Ne Tekrema symbolizes the close, mutually supporting and harmonious relationship between friends.