9CT GOLD TREE OF LIFE BRACELET
Pretty 9ct yellow gold fine chain bracelet with cut out Tree of Life disc link. Bracelet length 7", disc diameter 10mm.
In the modern era, you’ll find the Tree of Life symbol on all manner of items; it is a popular tattoo request, looks fabulous in tapestries and is a stunning design for a necklace or pendant and other forms of jewellery. As you may know, trees were a vital element of Celtic culture and in their world, the Tree of Life (crannbethadh) was a representation of how the forces of nature combined to create balance and harmony.
There’s no question that the Tree of Life’s origins pre-date the Celts as it is a powerful symbol in Ancient Egyptian mythology among others. Obviously, this predates the Celts by over 1,000 years.
It would appear as if the Celts adopted their Tree of Life symbol from that of the Norse who believed the source of all life on Earth was a world ash tree they called Yggdrasil. Nine was an important number in both Norse and Celtic cultures. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the design is pretty much a circle with a tree in it.
When Celts cleared an area for the purposes of settlement, a single tree would be left in the centre which became known as the Tree of Life. As it also provided nourishment to animals, this tree was believed to take care of all life on Earth. It is said that Celtic tribes would only inhabit locations where such a tree was present. Cutting down your own tribe’s tree was deemed to be one of the worst crimes a Celt could commit.
Perhaps the central tenet of the Tree of Life is the idea that all life on Earth is interconnected. A forest is made up of a large number of individual trees; the branches of each one link together and combine their life force to provide a home for thousands of different species of flora and fauna.