Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Regular price £96.00

A wonderful necklace for your loved one - a beautiful modern Sterling Silver locket featuring an engraved tree of life design.

This stunning locket opens with apertures for two photos. This is an ideal locket for someone who likes the idea of a classic locket but wants a cleaner, more contemporary look. 

The locket can be personalised by engraving on the reverse; please contact me if this is required.

Chains are sold separately. Presented in a gift box. Locket measures 32x20mm (including the bail).

Jewellery is best stored individually in a soft pouch or a box with compartments away from sunlight and where harder gemstones can’t scratch softer ones.

In the Victorian era, lockets became very popular, and after the invention of photography in the mid-1800s, photos of loved ones were frequently placed inside. Prior to this period, lockets often held hairs of loved ones, ashes from deceased relatives and even powders and poisons!

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.

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