Jewels with the tree of life: the story of an ornament inspired by philosophies, religions and legends ♦ ︎
One of the most used symbols in jewelry is that which represents the tree of life. There are thousands of reproductions of earrings, pendants for necklaces and, sometimes, even rings, with the tree of life. And there are many jewelers, even prominent ones, who have decided to add to their catalog even single pieces or collections that have this symbol at their center.
By the way: do you know what the tree of life means? It is not, as you can think, an icon invented by jewelers, but an ancient symbol found in various religions, mythologies and philosophies. In fact, a bud that turns into a tree perfectly represents the cycle of biological life on Earth.
But the tree of life, a symbol considered sacred by some peoples, is not only the sign of birth, but also of knowledge, or a bridge between creation and the afterlife. The quote in the Bible also confirms this: the tree of life is mentioned in the Apocalypse of John. Furthermore, the tree of life has been repeatedly represented in works of art and literature.
But do you know which tree is the tree of life? It is not a generic tree, but it is the arborvitae, a plant better known as thuja, a plant genus that belongs to the Cupressaceae family and is native to Alaska, the region of the North American Lakes, China and Japan. Things to know before wearing a jewel with the tree of life.