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Symbols and Traditions of Friendship

Updated on May 25, 2013

Friendship Symbols and Traditions

"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies." - Aristotle

True friendship is when two people share a deep and intimate personal bond. This bond of friendship often blends a variety of feelings including; mutual respect, love, loyalty, and an unconditional trust. .

A friend will be there for you through the good times and the bad times. No matter the distance or time that has passed will hinder a friends ability to comfort and encourage us. There are many traditional symbolic tokens of friendship that can highlight your feelings and show your appreciation for that special person who travels in your heart on life's journey of ups and downs.....

This Lens Was Created for International Friendship Month!


Willow Tree Friendship Angel

Friendship Flowers, Fruits, and Plants - The Symbols of Friendship

The Jade Plant or "Friendship Tree"

The succulent Jade plant has pink and white flowers and juicy green leaves, this plant is thought to spread happiness, joy, harmony and positive energy. The Friendship Tree can be the perfect gift for your special friend.

Ivy is a symbol of a friendship's strong, enduring connection

The strong vines of an Ivy intertwine as it grows, symbolizing fidelity, endurance and loyalty. Although the Ivy's vines may twist and turn, just like our relationship, it also protects and strengthens, just like the lasting bonds we form with our friends over the years.

Yellow Rose

A yellow rose represents platonic friendship. Yellow roses bring sunshine, warmth and highlight affection and closeness of true friendship.


The Chrysanthemum is a friendship symbol that originates from Japan. In Japan, chrysanthemums, called "kikus" are given as gifts to special friends to symbolize the trust and value of one's friendship.

In China, the chrysanthemum, is associated with the longevity and endurance of a friendship. This is because it blooms throughout the fall and can survive a harsh frost.

Pineapples are time honored symbols of friendship, hospitality and commitment

In times past, pineapples were an expensive delicacy and when dinner guests were treated to pineapple they felt particularly honored by their hostess.

In time, the pineapple came to symbolize welcoming friendship, good cheer and shared affection. Pineapples are still thought to be a uniquely special housewarming gift for friends and family.

Symbolic Friendship Gifts - Meaningful Gifts for Friends


Jewels and Jewelry of Friendship

Friendship Stones

Powerful friendship stones symbolize happiness and joy. These gems can bring good luck and durability to a friendship. Some of the most common friendship stones are lapis lazuli, rhodonite, and turquoise.

Lapis Lazuli (Stone of Fidelity)

Known by many as the stone of truth and friendship. Lapis is said to encourage kindness, generosity and spiritually connect you to others.

The Rhodonite Ball (Rescue Stone) is a talisman of friendship.

This carved spherical gemstone ball symbolizes the strength and stability between two friends. It can also bring harmony and peace to a troubled friendship.

Turquoise (Friendship Stone) is one of the oldest symbols of friendship.

Give this beautiful gemstone to your friend to protect them from harm. Turquoise also symbolizes growing, healthy relationships.

The Claddagh

One of the most famous of all the Irish symbols, a claddagh is symbolic of love, friendship and loyalty. The hands represent friendship, the heart represents love and finally the crown represents loyalty.

Make Friends with The Animals

Animal Symbols of Friendship


Dolphins are a symbol of friendship, intelligence, and good luck. Its status of luck was likely related to the fact that the dolphin was most commonly seen on the seas when the weather and waves were calm and fair. The Celts innately understood the intimate relationship between nature and man.


Frogs represent positive transformation and are a good omen as they symbolize happiness and strong friendships.


The Turtle symbolizes heaven's blessings, harmony and longevity. If you have a friend who has endured, make a gift of a turtle as a symbol of the blessings that you've enjoyed together over time. The turtle will serve to protect and preserve the harmony in your friendship.

Picture: Seven Dolphins by Jim Warren

Friendship Quotes

"Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend." - Bill Watterson

"My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me." - Henry Ford

"Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend." - Albert Camus

"He's my friend that speaks well of me behind my back" - Thomas Fuller

"A brother is a friend God gave you; a friend is a brother your heart chose for you." - Proverb

"A friend is someone who is there for you when he'd rather be anywhere else." - Len Wein


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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is beautiful!!!

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      PatrickHayes76 4 years ago

      thank you for the great lens and information.

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      True friends are the best treasure.

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      imagelist lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing...

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      This is a beautiful and elegant lens. Blessed x

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Friendship is a great relation, Good lens.

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Very, very nice!

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      erickurniawan 5 years ago

      Amazing lens.. I have some friends and one of them is my bestfriend.. Friendships are just so wonderful. Thanks fro sharing.. Friendship

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      msseiboi 5 years ago

      This is amazing lens... i have always cherish and enjoy the company of friends..

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      howtomakefriendsnow 5 years ago

      Great lens with all sorts of things about friendship! I've got a lens on how to make friends, come by and check it out :)

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      Beameye 5 years ago

      Interesting. Never thought you can learn a lot from lens.

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      Alex-45 5 years ago

      What a lovely lens. Thank you!

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      kevingomes13 lm 6 years ago

      I didn't know that think about the pineapples. Nice lens.

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      MemoryMistress 6 years ago

      Dolphins are an amazing symbol of friendship, I have come across many and they always leave friends and myself in a state of bliss and joy.

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      nelsonkana 6 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      nelsonkana 6 years ago

      Nice lens here. Am taking a tour of top lenses. This is one of them. I like it.

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I haven't heard of most of the stones representing friendship like turquoise. The Aristotle quote is great, if you have a best friend, you're really two souls sharing one body since you're so close.

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Very nice lens. Very thoughtful.

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      waldenthreenet 6 years ago

      friendship can be in many levels. individual, family, community and nations. I have a friendship topic. India tomorrow. May be not as important as your topic. Thanks.

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      Writingmystory1 6 years ago

      Very nice, I enjoyed reading your work. Friendship and friends very important to me.

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      Todayhaspower LM 6 years ago

      This is a nice lens. Very good tribute to friendship. Thank you!

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Can tell you know your show, some great work here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      really enjoyed reading this and seeing your photos too. If you like to browse lens, check mine out! Its educational with a lot of fun poll questions to do too!

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Hey Liked & Posted as a featured lens to my Upcomng Pen Paling Intro & Ettiquite guide (summary) page (still under construction at this time)

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      KarenTBTEN 6 years ago

      A lot of research went into this friendship lens -- it leaves a person knowing things they didn't know before. SquidAngel blessings.

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      WoeIsMe 6 years ago

      This was so interesting. I had no idea there were so many symbols for friendship. The pineapple was the only one familiar to me.

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      grifith 6 years ago

      Liked and Shared. Great Lens

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      OccultPriestess1 6 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL lens- and a great idea.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      I love your lens. Itâs very inspiring, thanks for sharing. Iâm just stopping in to say Hi and to wish you a wonderful Week

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      just brilliant! love it!!

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      fluffyclouds 6 years ago

      I really like this lens, but I couldn't add mine to your list for some reason:

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      wonderful made

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      No fooling, this is a thoughtful and heartfelt lens. I wish I still had my best friends with me; they left this world too soon. They're still in my heart and memories are bright.

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      wolfstorm14 6 years ago

      I love your lens!

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      Obscure_Treasures 7 years ago

      Friends are one of the greatest gifts of GOD! Wonderful lens!

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      SandraKS 7 years ago

      Nice lens. I was touched. Having a true friend is really a blessing. I once have a girl-bestfriend, but we went on our separate ways for the wound that destroys our friendship was too fatal..anyway,If you are interested, here is some info about facial exercise.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      ~ Cupid Kisses by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! A great collection of the wonderful symbols and meanings of friendship. Love the quotes too. Blessed by a MerAngel!

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      this is a Lovely lens on Friendship. One of my best quotes is 'A friend Loves at ALL times' proverbs 17:17 It is also my life motto. Blessed by a RocketMom SquidAngel. :)

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      interwined hearts, holding hands, those are symbols for me! cheers

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Unique lens topic. This is probably the first time I have read about pineapples being a friendship symbol. It's good to know.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another beautiful creation of yours!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a Claddagh ring given to me by a very dear friend, many years ago, I love it.

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      piedromolinero 7 years ago

      A beautiful lens. Thank tou for sharing all these friendship symbols with us. Thumbs up.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great explanations of friendship items.

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      rachsue lm 7 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens. Now I know what the symbols mean.

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      darciefrench lm 7 years ago

      Lovely lens on the meaning of friendship through symbols. Angel blessed.

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      totalhealth 7 years ago

      thanks, i never knew those were the symbols of friendship.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      wonderful quotes

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed reading about the friendship symbols. :)

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      Liz Mackay 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Just added my lens on Meking friends and keeping them. Hope that is o.k.

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a wonderful topic ~ of course you forgot to put horses on here (they make marvelous friends! :o) Lovely lens and very nicely done!

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      karen550 lm 8 years ago

      I like the quotes. Nice added touch. Great lens. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

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      AuthorsandExperts 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens Thanks to the lensmaker!!!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations in placing in the International Friendship Month Contest

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      Deb Bryan 8 years ago from Chico California

      Congratulations! This Lens won 2ND Place in category in the International Friendship Month Lens Contest! Be sure to visit the contest lens and retrieve your badge. Brightest Blessings! Thank you for entering!

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Kathy McGraw 9 years ago from California

      I enjoyed this, and actually remembered about the friend in Hawaii had gone to a Chinese store and bought me a Turtle....I told her what your lens said :) thank you....5'd

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      RinchenChodron 9 years ago

      Yes, friends are what makes the world go around! Thanks 5*s

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      Wendy Henderson 9 years ago from PA

      Awesome friendship lens. Thanks for adding it to Feelin Good!

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      Laurel Johnson 9 years ago from Washington KS

      Colorful and imaginative. Good job!!

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      Spook LM 9 years ago

      Great lens and friendship is a wonderful thing.

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      BarryKrost 9 years ago

      Lovely lens. Its very meaningful and it just feels good to be here, the energy comes through.*****

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Awesme lens! I don't know what I would do without my friends.