I drew the pattern for making this lovely bracelet from Ginkgo leaves from the tree in my yard. It was fun to make and will be even more fun to wear. The Ginkgo is one of my favorite trees, because it is the oldest tree in the world. It is made from solid copper sheet metal, 22 gauge. It measures 3 x 7" and is light weight.
SCIENCE AND MYTH
The ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba) is considered a living fossil. It has no known living relatives and has endured for millions of years with little change. In fact, ginkgo is the oldest surviving species of tree known to exist, with a botanical history spanning more than 200 million years. This demonstration of resilience, combined with its antiquity, has made the tree representative of various symbolic meanings throughout the world.
In Japan, the ginkgo is referred to as hibaku, a Japanese word that means "something that has experienced a nuclear bomb." In this case, the ginkgo is one of 170 hibaku trees that survived the atomic blast of Hiroshima that took place in August 1945. Despite suffering extensive damage and predictions that nothing would grow for 75 years, the trees fully recovered. For this reason, ginkgo is attributed with being a symbol of endurance and vitality. Ginkgo's incredibly long lifespan is due in part to its remarkable resistance to disease and pests. Some specimens are reportedly more than 3,000 years old.
Hope and Peace
For centuries, the ginkgo tree has been considered a symbol of hope and peace in its native land of China, and that representation is widely demonstrated in Chinese literature and art. Chinese monks introduced the tree to Japan, where it remains very popular in temple and tea gardens.
One of the ginkgo trees that survived the atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima stands at a site near the center of the blast in a location now known as Peace Park. Dubbed the "bearer of hope," the tree has prayers of peace engraved in its bark.
Ginkgo also is associated with duality, a concept that recognizes the female and male aspects of all living entities and that is often expressed as yin and yang. The tree is dioecious, having either male or female reproductive organs. Ginkgo's species name, biloba, relates to the duality theme and refers to the two-lobed structure of the tree's leaf.
Whether the effects of stones and crystals such as this are real or merely a placebo effect is unknown. All we know for certain is that the use of gemstones in healing goes back centuries. And we know that modern science has discovered some surprising applications for the unique properties of certain crystals as all stones and crystals are made up of the same things that make up our bodies!
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