History of Tree Of Life Jewellery
The following are excerpts of articles that relate the the use of the Tree Of Life symbol in jewellery
throughout the ages from ancient civilizations through to the modern era.
Art of Urartu (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Text is available under the
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The art of Urartu refers to a historical and regional type of art from
Urartu (Ararat), the ancient state of Western Asia which existed in the period from the 13th to the 6th centuries BC in
the Armenian Highland. The art of Urartu was strongly influenced by nearby Assyria, the most prominent state of that period in the region. It peaked around the 8th
century BC but was mostly looted, scattered and destroyed with the fall of Urartu about a century later.
Jewelry of Urartu had two gradations: ornaments made of precious metals and stones for the king and his
family, and their simplified bronze versions used by the rich. Many jewelry items were also used as amulets.
Annals of the Assyrian king Sargon II mention vast amounts of Urartian jewelry items made of silver and gold
which were taken from Musasir in 714 BC. They are not preserved and some may have been melted by treasure
hunters. The two largest recovered jewelry items are shown below. They are the pectoral decoration excavated
at the late Urartian capital Rusahinili and the cover of the cauldron found at Teishebaini. Smaller items
include golden pins, earrings, a bracelet and a few medallions. Jewelry was worn in Urartu by both men and women.
Women's jewelry usually portrayed the Urartian goddess Arubani, wife of Ḫaldi – the supreme god of Urartu. Also common are Mesopotamian motifs
such as tree of life and winged sun. More accessible jewelry included bronze bracelets and earrings and carnelian beads.
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Tree of Life Necklace
The wearing of Tree of Life jewelry can be traced back to the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Assyria,
Persia and others. The forms taken varied but the most common through the ages was the Tree of Life
The Ancients would fashion Tree of Life
pendants from wood, stone or bronze and wear them on a cord of leather or twine to make a necklace.
The popularity of the Tree of Life
Necklace has not only endured but has grown significantly in recent years, possibly in part due to
the movie ‘the tree of life’ with Brad Pitt where the necklace had great significance.