Discover the tree of life this season

Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt

Tree of Life symbolism and concepts have featured throughout history for thousands of years, with references going as far back as the Ancient Egyptians. A tree that represents the existence and creation of everything, this symbol has crossed borders, continents, religions and beliefs.

And now it is firmly back with a 21st century makeover.

Mythology

In Egyptian mythology, some of the first people on earth, Isis and Osiris, were said to have emerged from an acacia tree, which Egyptians consider to be the tree of life.

Whilst in Chinese mythology, a Taoist tale tells of a tree that produces a peach of immortality every three thousand years, and anyone who eats the fruit receives immortality.

In Norse mythology the fruit theme continues, with the apples from Idunn’s ash box providing immortality for the gods.

Acacia tree

Religion

Etz Chaim, Hebrew for "tree of life," is a common term used in Judaism. The expression is figuratively applied to the Torah itself. Etz Chaim is also a common name for synagogues.

In Catholic Christianity, Pope Benedict XVI has said that "the Cross is the true tree of life." Saint Bonaventure taught that the medicinal fruit of the Tree of Life is Christ himself.

The "Tree of Immortality" is the tree of life motif as it appears in the Quran.

Modern Culture

Austrian symbolist artist Gustav Klimt portrayed his version of the tree of life in his painting, The Tree of Life, Stoclet Frieze.

In C. S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, the Tree of Life plays a role, especially in the sixth published book The Magician's Nephew.

The Tree of Life is also a Terrence Malick film released in May 2011, starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain.

Get the look with H.Samuel

From pendants to necklaces, rings and bangles, from celtic designs to Clogau jewellery from the hills of Wales, from stunning sterling silver to rich rose and yellow gold – at H.Samuel we have tree of life designs to suit any taste.

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Tree of Life by Clogau

With each piece of Clogau jewellery containing rare Welsh gold, the subtle tree of life themes within the collection show a stunning mix of 9ct rose gold and sterling silver.

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