Friendships, like romantic relationships, need to be celebrated. Symbols of friendship, such as flowers, gemstones and jewelry, can be given as surprise gifts or selected together by friends who want to express their commitment to one another. If you have a friend for whom you want to express your appreciation, giving her a traditional symbol of friendship.
Plants and Flowers
The Jade plant has traditionally been given as a sign of friendship. It has white and pink flowers and deep green leaves thought to represent the feelings of joy that friendship can provide. Ivy is thought to represent friendship with its interweaving and enduring growth habit. Ivy is best given as a gift in a pot as it can become difficult to contain in a garden. Send yellow roses to a friend on her birthday to celebrate your bond.
Both lapis and turquoise are gemstones thought to represent friendship. Lapis is a blue stone thought to bring truth, harmony, emotional healing and wisdom to a person. Turquoise also is a gemstone representing friendship. Both can be given as stones or crafted into pieces of jewelry, such as necklaces or earrings.
The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol for both friendship and love, depending on how the symbol is worn. The Claddagh is comprised of two hands holding a heart with a crown on top of the heart. The hands are meant to represent friendship, the heart love and the crown loyalty. Traditionally, the Claddagh is worn on a ring. To represent friendship, you wear the ring on your right hand with the heart turned outward. You also can find the Claddagh on necklaces and bracelets.
Bracelets and Necklaces
Friendship bracelets originated in Native American traditions. The bracelets are woven out of multicolored threads and are intended to be worn until the threads wear out or break. Friendship necklaces are made from a metal heart broken in two. Each friend wears one half of the heart; so when the friends are together, the heart is made whole.
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