What is a gem tree? A gem tree is a wire structure made to resemble a real tree with gemstones for leaves. The tree is glued to a base, which can be a rock, a mineral, wood, or anything else to hold the tree. There are different styles of gem trees and each artist makes his/her own version.
Gem trees make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, house warmings, other special occasions, to beautiful a room, or to give a room special vibrations. Click here for tables showing birthstones and anniversary gemstones.
About my gem trees. All of my gem trees are handcrafted using genuine polished stones, unless otherwise stated. The wire is a non-tarnish jeweler's wire in 24, 26, or 28 gauge. Stones are secured to the wire and the trees are secured to the bases with superglue. (Exceptions: epoxy is used to secure quartz crystals into bell cap findings and no glue is used with some beads.) The bases are padded underneath with felt dots so as not to scratch surfaces. Trees are packed by securely tying the base in a box and then packing that box in a larger box. Padding is added to minimize movement of the stones and branches during shipping.
Gem trees currently available include:
Click on a name to see a photo and the details, including price. Two dimensional photos do not show the true beauty of these gem trees.
Other examples of gem trees and gem flowering vines are shown here.
Custom Orders are welcome. Dont see what you want in the existing gem trees? Let me know what you want. The type of gemstone, the number of stones, and the type and size of base determines the price. Most gem trees with about 100 stones on a quartz crystal base will price in the $40-50 range. Smaller trees with about 60 stones would price in the $30-40 range.
Custom ordered gem trees can be crafted with the following gemstones:
abalone, agate, lace agate, amazonite, amber, amethyst, Apache tears, apatite, aquamarine, aventurine, bloodstone, carnelian, chrysoprase, citrine, emerald, enstatite, feldspar, fluorite, garnet, iolite, jade, jasper, kyanite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, lepidolite, malachite, moonstone, mother of pearl, opal, pearl, pearls, Pecos diamonds, peridot, petrified wood, quartz crystals, milky quartz, rose quartz, rhodochrosite, rock crystal, ruby, sapphire, sodalite, spinel, sunstone, topaz, tourmaline, turquoise, unakite, zircon.
To see representative pictures of the stones click here (please be patient, this page loads slowly because of the many images).
Wires can be black, gold, green, or silver in 24, 26, or 28 gauge.
Bases can be Arkansas quartz crystals, selenite crystals, amethyst crystals, smoky quartz crystals, fluorite crystals, drusy quartz, geodes, petrified wood, barite with calcite crystals, and galena with sphalerite and dolomite crystals.
The type of gemstone, the number of stones, and the type and size of base determines the price. E-mail me with your requirements.
Tips. To get the stones to stick tight remove all oils and keep all oils away from gemstones and wire. Thus wash you hands before touching the wire to avoid getting your skin oils on the wire. Wash the stones in a soap such as Ivory flakes to remove any oils.
Excessive handling of the stones will result in some stones falling off the tree. For the best longevity of gem trees place them in an enclosed area, with a minimum exposure to dust, such as a breakfront, hutch, or cabinet
Gem trees can be reshaped by carefully bending the wires. Avoid sharp bends in the wires as these can lead to the wires breaking. Do not bend the wires too close to the stones or the stones can fall off.
Caution: Handle the bases, and all rocks and minerals, with care. There may be sharp edges that can easily cut skin. This is especially true for quartz crystal bases.
Satisfaction guaranteed or ship the gem tree back, packed as received and in good condition, within 21 days of the invoice date for your money back (less postage charges). (Unusual special order trees may not have a money back guarantee. Please inquire.) Gem trees are only shipped to U.S. addresses at this time.
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