I have some brand new gem trees AND Tree of Life jewelry to show off!
The first one you see pictured here, is a Green Hair Quartz Bonsai Gem Tree. I got my inspiration from the winter blahs. I live in Minnesota, and this week its been about -10 degrees for the HIGH. Yuck! If you're like me, you hate the cold and you're dying to have some green in your life, not white. This gem tree is a mix of darker and lighter green quartz gems on a earth toned and green, Wavellite rock base. It is a really beautiful piece, I'm loving the re hashed Bonsai design too!
The next one I'm quite proud of is a rare Phosphosiderite gem on a Rubellite/Lepidolite/Tourmaline rock base, in Bonsai form. These gems are rare in chip form, and they're hard to find. This Bonsai is really cool, the trunk looks like its growing out of the side of the rock, and the branches splash over the rock. The only way I could mount and balance the piece, was to fit the trunk onto the side of the rock! So it really is one of a kind. :-) Perfect.
I also have a couple of new TINY gem trees, that are perfect for tight spaces, tight budgets, AND Wedding Cake Toppers! They stand about 3.5 inches tall by about 3.5 inches wide. They are mounted onto a small Geode rock slab. I love these TINYs, they have a very full look and their branches are very twisted. They are priced at $15 each. There is also an Ametrine TINY, not pictured here.
I also have some brand new Tree of Life Jewelry made! Pictured here is the Amber set- pendant necklace and earrings. They can be ordered separately, or as a set. I have many sets available now, including Amber, Turquoise, Green Aventurine, Rose Quartz and Rhodochrosite (specially for Valentine's Day!). I added new pendants too- Fluorite, Black Jasper, Labradorite, Howlite, Tiger's Eye, Mookaite, Tree Agate and Sodalite. You can custom order earrings to match the pendant. I will be making more in the coming weeks to be ready for my show, but this is a great start!
And YES, there IS an upcoming show! February 22-23rd I will be at the Har Mar Mall Rock show in Roseville, MN! I really hope you can make it out, because its a great time with lots of cool finds and rock hounds galore!
That's it for this update. I have a few new gem trees to make this afternoon, including a Turquoise-Smoky Quartz and Green Jade, and definitely need more Willow Aura trees, they are popular on Etsy!
I have some brand new TINY (plus a MINI) gem trees for sale on Etsy! I am so hungry for color right now, being Minnesota has been snow white for too many months! I decided to pair these gem trees up with a sort of matching base, that accentuates the gem colors. It will really give your home decor a great pop of color!
I'm also really loving these TINYs. I changed up how I put them together, giving them beautiful shapes and a more rounded top. I think the best thing I ever did was throw out my instruction book! Freehanding looks so much better. :-)
If you want to check out the listings on Etsy, I have the links listed below the slideshow.
I am in my last week of work before I have to take a short break to move. I am hoping to get some of the new website started. I want to do a lot more education and information, rather than just throwing products in your face. I apologize for that! I'm beginning to see that I have a few hundred too many projects going on at once, and I need to step back, prioritize, and spend more time on the things that matter. What do you really know about gem trees, and why you ought to own one? Exactly. I really dropped the ball there! But I have a plan. (I'm really good for plans, btw!)
It looks like I'll be planning my own wedding in the near future, and am thinking of modeling one of the gem trees on top of it, so you brides-to-be can see what it looks like on a real cake! Unfortunately I don't have any photos of them as wedding cake toppers yet...
I'll leave you enjoying the short slideshow, and look for the links to the individual products below!
I finally got some free time to add all the latest and greatest gem trees to my Etsy inventory! Here is a rundown and link to each of them:
Rose Quartz on Rose Quartz
Green Fluorite on Green Calcite
Grain Stone on Rock Slab
Dalmation Jasper on Rock Base
Blue Lace Agate on Blue Calcite
Blue Labradorite on Rock Slab
Russian Serpentine on African Turquoise
Ruby Zoisite on Rock Slab
Red Hair Quartz on Red Sandstone
Lemon Chrysoprase on raw Green Fluorite
Green Aventurine on Green Calcite
Golden Jade on Yellow Calcite
Sea Green New Jade on Green Calcite
Bronzite on Brown Granite
Aragonite on Yellow Calcite
I also got the Wedding Center Pieces/Favors started, and you can see the listings here on Etsy: Mini Gem or Large Gem. The price includes your pick of gem colors/types, hopefully a color pail (so far I just know of white), and then your pick of wire color. The minis are about 6-8 inches tall, and the large ones are about 8-10 inches tall. The pails come with a thank you tag, but that can easily be changed to a table #. This is a developing idea, once I get more time I will add additional choices!
Busy, busy week ahead! 5 days left until the big Rock Show! I've been busy getting the gem trees ready, and adding some new ones. Unfortunately, I will not have any time to add the newest ones to Etsy, but I am hoping to add some photos later today. I found some very colorful Calcite bases on Sunday, and the gem trees look wonderful on them!
Here's a short run down of my newest gem trees (all made yesterday except one):
- Rose Quartz on Rose Quartz Mini gem tree
- Green Fluorite on Green Calcite Mini gem tree
- Crackled Yellow/Orange Amber on Yellow Calcite Mini gem tree
- Blue Lace Agate on Blue Calcite Mini gem tree
- Blue Aventurine on Blue Calcite Mini gem tree
- brown Chrysanthemum Stone on a regular reddish-brown rock Mini-Bonsai gem tree
- Green Aventurine on Green Calcite Mini-Bonsai gem tree
- green Russian Serpentine on African Turqoise Large gem tree
- Golden Jade on Yellow Calcite Mini-Bonsai gem tree
If you would like to see any of these gem trees before the photos go up, please send me a message and I'll get the photos to you right away!
I also am planning the wedding section further by adding Party Favors. I will be creating unique gem trees to fit into small pails that can be used as Favors. That will be in addition to Center Pieces and Wedding Cake Toppers.
On Sunday, I had an all-time high 1,540 unique visits to my Etsy store! My gem trees can also be found using Google Product Ad searches and on The Find.
And, I am done experimenting with my pricing! I apologize for any frustration I caused, it wasn't intentional. I feel where they are at is very comfortable. I have done extensive market research and have priced them conservatively but competitively. When you're shopping for a gem tree, its really tough to only look at price. There are a lot of different materials, and a lot of different methods used. Some have glass beads or no beads, others like mine use real semi-precious gems. Some are mounted on real rocks, others are mounted in candle holders.
I think that's it for announcements for a couple of days, I really need to get back to work creating some more gem trees!
Its been a busy morning this morning! I finally am caught up with my listings. I have 10 new gem trees that were added just now on Etsy. They include:
Mini Gem Trees:
Apatite (pictured to the left)
Mini-Bonsai Gem Trees:
Black (Sheen) Obsidian
Large Gem Trees:
Fluorite (Purple & Green)
You can click on the link above to view any of the gem trees that you're interested in!
I am also shifting to a regular retail price on my gem trees. I am not able to afford selling them at a low wholesale price. I put a lot of work and effort into my pieces of art. They aren't a cheap, easy flea market quality craft. I gained a lot of valuable insight at the Farmer's Market last weekend amongst the cheap flea market sellers. I want to price my work according to the quality you receive, and the work that I put in. You can buy $15 gem trees, and you'll notice the difference in quality and feel right away.
I am still working hard on the wedding section, as well as a special gifts & anniversaries section. I'm noticing although people do look gem trees up for home decor purposes, the biggest uses are for weddings, gifts and anniversaries. I am doing a lot of heavy market and product research, because this is a big deal to me. I keep thinking I'm focusing on the wrong area here, and am trying to change to what the market is requesting. Stay tuned!
On a show note, I am not doing the Minneapolis Farmer's Market this coming Saturday as expected. I have decided to take an extra week to get ready for the big Rock Show at the Har Mar Mall in Roseville. I'm going to have a lot of new trees present for the show, and a really fun colorful display! I can hardly wait until the big day arrives!
Finally, a word to those of you who own cats that are considering on buying a gem tree. Please do buy a gem tree! You will be surprised how the majority of cats react to them. Many people have said their cats will attack the tree and break it. My own cats actually use them as calming pieces! I'm not kidding you. They brush up against the gem trees with their faces, and if a cat could grin, they are! I've been having problems with Angie, my former stray, after she hurt her leg in August. She's been really easy to startle and is generally nervous now around our apartment. I made her special Andean Opal Bonsais, an Olive Jade, and a Crazy Lace Agate gem tree, and put them around the apartment. She has responded very well to their calming influences, and not once has she tried to damage the gems or chew on the tree. My suggestion would be to give it a try, and work with the cat when you first introduce it to your home. Let them sniff it and rub on it. If they start wanting to chew, you can either distract them or gently nudge them away. Cats are sensitive to energies, more so than a lot of humans, so they do appreciate the energies of the gem trees. If your cat is still insistent on attacking, you can always place them out of the way or get a protective case for them. You can buy cases at the local craft stores.
All right, enough rambling for now! Its almost Friday, hurrah!