The first picture is a beautiful aventurine green tree of life brooch I made and is on my Etsy account. (The second tree of life is right on this site)
Aventurine glass has a lot going for it. not only is it beautiful but aventurine stone is considered Healer of Heart, Mind and Soul".
Aventurine glass is based on the original Italian name avventurina (from avventura, "adventure" or "chance"). Another common name for this type of glittering glass is Goldstone.
History: Aventurine was made from combining copper or copper salts. When the glass melted and cooled these mineral deposits would clump together to create a gold-flecked and shiny appearance on the glass.
The Tree of Life crosses all cultures because the Ancients could see trees close up all of the time... the symbolism of the sprouting seed, growing into a trunk and branching off, sending out smaller branches and little twigs, to see what they may accomplish... was not lost on them.
Not only is aventurine special so is the Tree of Life decal.
The Tree is a symbol; of life, ancestry, mythology, lessons of the spirit, history, lineage, and hope for the future... and climbing to the heavens.
The Mayan believed heaven to be a wonderful, magical place on Earth hidden by a mystical mountain. They called this place Tamoanchan. Heaven, Earth, and Underworld (Xibalba) were connected by the ‘world tree’. The world tree grew at the locus of creation, all things flowing out from that spot into four directions. These were: East associated with red, North represented by white, West that is black and South that is yellow. The Mayan tree of life is a cross with its centre being the point of ‘absolute beginning’, the source of all creation and its branches passing through each of the three layers of existence - underworld, earth, and the sky.
Additionally, the Tree of Life can be thought of as your own Cosmic Family tree, telling ancient stories of your shared roots which link you to the past, showing your connected struggles and aspirations; your desires to reach for the Light.
I'm almost complete updating my ETSY account then on to my Art Fire and my new site.
Let me know what you think of this extra bit of knowldevalue.