Here are photos of my newest Gem Tree of Life Necklaces and Mala Prayer Bracelets! I have included links to their Etsy Store Sections, for those of you interested in purchasing these unique pieces!
MALA BRACELETS at Etsy
GEM TREE OF LIFE NECKLACE/PINS on Etsy
Introducing my gem tree and mala bracelet jewelry! Please check out the photos in the slideshow!
The following is a list of different shop section at Etsy, where you can buy the above items:
Gem Tree Jewelry Section
Chakra Jewelry Section
Mala/Prayer Bracelets Section
You do have the option of custom ordering any type of gem with different wire colors. Here are the listings:
Necklace OR Earring Tree Branch Design
Necklace OR Brooch Gem Tree Design
The gem tree necklace/brooch is actually a design that I came up with all on my own, you won't find another piece quite like it! These are also used as Family Tree jewelry- each gem used represents a person in the family tree. It can be a favorite color, birthstone, or gem type. Another name for this type is Tree of Life, although I won't fit my gem trees into a circle (they don't like to be bound by borders). The roots are also my unique design. I have each end curled and crimped so they won't poke or get caught on clothing.
The more simpler design is actual branches from my gem trees. They are very lightweight and have a simple elegance.
All of my pieces are carefully constructed, and are heavy duty. They will not break, nor will gems fall off, because everything is wound within itself (meaning I continuously wind and wrap the wires leaving very few ends exposed).
As for the mala/prayer bracelets, they are made with a special elastic so it will stretch to your wrist size. I really love their simplicity, and their powerful healing energies. I will be making more in the days to come, as well as giving a custom order option. I can either make them for whatever gem(s) you'd like, or I can give you a "prescription" if you have an ailment or need in mind.
I am still making gem trees, but I am having a lot of fun miniaturizing them and making them into wearable art. I am also looking at ways of redesigning the very popular jewelry tree stands, to make them a little taller for big necklaces.
I will have another update hopefully this week, but right now its back to my busy, busy work! Enjoy what's left of your weekend!
7 Chakra Gem Tree Pin
To the left is a beautiful Chakra Gem Tree Brooch/Pin that I designed last week. I have come up with a few unique designs to far, and will be adding more soon! You can choose from a brooch/pin, necklace, earrings, and soon I'll be adding bracelets. Here is the Etsy Wire Gem Tree Jewelry Section.
I am starting a line of special Mala Beads, aka Prayer Beads. They are used for mantra/affirmations, and for the crystal healing properties. These will come in a prescription or ready-made. My first two are Amazonite-Rhodonite. Rhodonite (pink-grey) and Amazonite (sea green) are great for protection against negative energies from the outside, as they create a barrier against. Both colors signify calming, openness and healing. I have ordered additional supplies to make more bracelets, because these turned out great!
I will also be adding very special, unique Amulets to the lineup. These are made by my friend, Kevin. He really does a great job and I look forward to seeing how they do! He uses real gems too, in addition to wire wrapping.
I will be in two shows within the Minneapolis-St. Paul area in February. Please see my Events page for more information and directions. I will have my gem trees, as well as gem tree jewelry and mala bracelets with.
I'm keeping this short today, I have a mountain of work to do to get ready for the upcoming shows, including a business name and image change! Stay tuned!
I have spent more hours than I'd like to admit making changes to my Etsy shop. I have changed and enhanced not only titles, but descriptions as well! I included a short sentence about the metaphysical properties of each gem tree, while staying within Etsy's guidelines. And, this afternoon I will begin the process of re-doing all of the gem tree photos! I am praying hard the camera is interested in cooperating with me, so its just a 3 hour exercise instead of a 3 day exercise (as it has been in the past).
I'm moving forward with another website/business concept called Crystal Healing Energy Therapy (CHET for short). It is the practice of using the mineral properties of the gem, instead of a book author's view on what they think a crystal can do for you. The energy healing part works in part with crystal healing, but more massage and Reiki techniques. I am waiting to have the website edited before its put live. For those of you interested in more of the new age/metaphysical part, I think you will find the website very helpful and interesting. For those of you who just like the gem trees for art and decor, stick with me here! I'm not leaving this website, but I wanted to branch out into other practices (pardon the pun!).
I had an interesting realization last night while finishing the design of a brand new large gem tree. My gem trees have evolved to the point of being quite complex and having a delicate physical balance. I was working on a brand new large gem tree, and I had twisted the branches into the trunk. I wasn't sure of the trunk's final design, so I decided to tweak it. Oh Lord, what a mess! I ended up tracing back to how it was originally twisted, to gain the look and balance back. Next, it was time to work on the roots. I had braided them and did my secret technique of fixing the tree to the base (sorry, an artist cannot reveal its special mounting secrets!). Now, it was time to clip the roots so they weren't a total mess. Yeah, one false clip of the wire and I unbalanced the gem tree once again! I couldn't believe that my gem trees had evolved into such a delicate art, much like a real Bonsai tree! I am really proud though. It makes me feel really proud of what I do and of my accomplishments, to be able to create such a delicate piece! Don't be worried about buying a gem tree and going through this process yourself: it is arranged to where it should be when it leaves my hands. I also include simple instructions in case anything goes awry and you need to re-arrange the branches for the original look.
I decided to do some market research on average gem tree prices. I was quite disappointed to see other Etsy sellers beginning to copy my unique gem trees. Although they haven't tried copying my unique gem tree styles (yet), they have started to copy my root design. That was something I thought up awhile back when a few people commented how beautiful the tree was but how boring the roots were. I always say a person has to really own their design, and have their own elements into it. Copying isn't fair to the person who really cares about what they do. I have had so many callouses on my fingers from twisting wire, lots of (squirting) blood shed (darn that wire can be SHARP!), and 12+ hour days, because I LOVE what I do. I want to keep improving and coming up with truly unique, original ideas. I was also saddened by another Etsy seller's attempts at driving more business to her store. She copied my wedding cake topper AND undercut my prices to the point I can no longer effectively compete. I don't know how she can afford to sell them for such a low price, that is a big mistake. She does otherwise amazing work, but she should have owned her own design, AND put a fair market price on it.
Enough said about that, I am not here to complain, but instead just to share what's going on in my world. Its not easy being an artist, and I really appreciate the support you give me by being here, and also by purchasing my gem trees. Each sale gets me closer to my goal of having a true gem tree business, instead of just a hobby!
The thing I've been battling with most, and forever!, is pricing. My gem trees go way beyond the typical craft realm, because of their design and high quality gem crystals. They are truly a one-of-a-kind, no two made alike, unique art form. Their quality is really high too, higher than a lot of the competition I see out there (they typically use glass beads or seed beads). I could charge a much higher price because they're a high quality art, and I won't charge a cheap price because they're not a cheap craft item. I'm really stuck at the point of having to make a living and charging for that fairly, and getting these special gem trees into the hands of people that can use them and appreciate them. I've left my prices as is for right now, to see what the market dictates. I wish I didn't have to think about these silly, but important things, and just keep making new gem trees!
Finally, look for the new gem tree concepts to slowly hit! I have two new concept gem trees to list today. These new concepts mix more than one gem together into the tree. Its a lot easier said than done, and you will soon understand if you follow the new CHET website. I don't believe in just throwing any old gem together, their properties must positively work together. (think of attracting and opposing magnets).
All right, enough updates for now, whew! I will try to be shorter, and more regular, about them coming up in the near future!
I just created a new SALE section in my Etsy store, and gem trees added to the section have been marked down $10-40 off their original price. I have mini and large gem trees, mini and large Bonsai gem trees, Wispy Willow and Pine trees. Its a great time to buy a gift for yourself, and/or a loved one! Proceeds from each sale go to help animals in need with PAWS of Jackson, MN.
I am clearing some room for my newest gem trees. These trees are definitely one of a kind pieces of art! I got the inspiration from a customer, who challenged me to go outside my comfort zone in designing her custom tree. I think pushing the envelope may be just what I need! I'm excited to see where my creativity can go, as each tree continues to be better than the last.
I have plans for a spin-off website dealing with alternative healing and crystal healing. I want to do some local lectures and seminars about them, because they are important in today's hectic world. We all need something that helps us calm and center ourselves. If we don't, we suffer unnecessary stress and burnout. I know not everyone subscribes to the idea of alternative methods beyond the typical medical treatments, but why not when what you've been trying doesn't work? The world works in odd, mysterious ways, that we may or may not be able to explain. Its time to explore the new unknown!
I also have a couple of shows lined up for February. I am waiting for final confirmation from the show coordinators before I post more information. The first is a large craft show, and the 2nd being a continuation of last October's Rock show. I am really looking forward to the shows, and am in the process of planning some improvements to the booth and the tree tags. That reminds me, I also need business cards! I ran out of them at my last show. :-)
That's all I have for now. Have a very Happy Monday! (yes, they can exist!)