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Tree of Life Necklace, Green Prehnite Gemstones Copper Handmade Jewelry

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Seen as powerful symbols of growth and resurrection, trees have been given deep meaning through the ages, none more so than the majestic Tree of Life.  Jewelry sure to make a woman happy who loves trees, the  handmade necklace features a glorious copper tree pendant perfectly complemented with faceted pale green prehnite gemstones.  The gorgeous tree pendant was handcrafted from beginning to end from precious copper metal clay:  it was shaped, carved, inscribed and fired in a kiln. The solid copper pendant was then patinated.  The  tree branches and the trunk, which are raised against the background,  were polished to a warm coppery glow to bring out the incredible detail, the patina staying in the recessed areas.  The back of the pendant is patinated with the design of the tree somewhat showing through (see photo #8).   A heavy duty copper jump ring attaches the tree pendant securely to the main body of the necklace.
To beautifully highlight the Tree of Life pendant, faceted pale green prehnite gemstones were used, a stone you don't often see.  Not treated or color enhanced in any way, these stones are natural prehnite formed in volcanic cavities  The mostly translucent gemstones are a lustrous pale green color.  Many have natural dark epidote inclusions, a natural crystalline mineral.  Since the prehnite is faceted, the gemstones add subtle glow to the design.  To separate each prehnite grouping, a small copper bead was used.  Asleek copper toggle clasp set finishes the necklace securely.  Carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs, the ÁRBOL DE LA VIDA tree pendant necklace was created for the woman who loves wearing one of a kind, symbolic jewelry, especially ones with trees! “Árbol de la vida” is Spanish for “Tree of Life”
***  Some version of the Tree of Life symbol is found in most cultures worldwide and can be dated back to ancient times.  All parts of the tree have meaning: the sturdy roots dig deep; the trunk establishes a foundation; the branches reach out for sustenance; the leaves collect strength; and the fruit gives life.  In Norse culture, a Tree of Life or Yggdrasil is said to be the world center, connecting the heavens with the underworld and representing the cycle of life, connecting all forms of life on earth. 

Copper Tree of Life pendant:  app. 26 mm x 1.5 mm (1.0”) artisan handmade by Kristi Bowman
Faceted prehnite gemstones:  app. 4 mm (0.2”)
Metal:  copper
Clasp:  copper toggle clasp set
Length:  app. 18.25” / 46.4 cm
Pendant drop:  app. 1.25” / 3.2 cm including the copper jump ring bail

***  For a better understanding of the relative size of the copper Tree of Life pendant and the faceted prehnite used to create the ÁRBOL DE LA VIDA artisan necklace, please be sure to check out photo # 6 for a size comparison with a quarter.

Since ancient days, trees have always been a symbol of strength and perseverance and of joining the heavens with the underworld.  Prehnite is used to help be in harmony with nature and brings peace and protection; iIt is an excellent stone for gardeners.  Copper is believed to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development. 


The ÁRBOL DE LA VIDA artisan necklace was carefully designed and handmade in a dog friendly, smoke free studio.  The necklace will come with two informational drop tags: one with the piece's name; the other lists the materials used in the necklace and the language of the stones and metals. It will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!   
***  The jewelry in my shop is photographed outside in natural light.  Please be aware that not all computer monitors show colors exactly the same. The colors of the components used to create each piece of jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my own monitor. They may appear lighter or darker on yours.


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