Feng shui is a practice that connects our homes to nature and its cycles. One way that we can bring nature into our homes is by incorporating images and symbols of natural elements, including trees.
What Are Gem or Crystal Trees?
Gem trees, also known as crystal trees, are decorative objects that resemble small trees. They’re made of metal wire, such as gold or copper, with semi-precious gems or crystals for the leaves.
Gem trees are inherently precious and valuable because they are made of precious materials like crystals. They are also shaped to resemble the jade plant, which can represent prosperity and good luck.
Since natural crystals are so popular these days, many practitioners today like to use them as feng shui objects because of their energetic properties. If crystals resonate with you, they are beautiful tools that you can use in your home with feng shui intentions.
Tree Symbolism in Feng Shui
Trees are connected to the wood element, one of the five elements that we work with in feng shui. Each element embodies certain qualities, and wood is connected to kindness, flexibility, and growth. If these are qualities that you’d like to cultivate in your life, you might want to bring more wood element into your home.
Trees also bear fruit, which represents abundance, nutrition, and things coming to fruition. Just think of how a big apple tree can nourish and support so many people: Fruit trees invite an abundance mindset, because the bounty they produce encourages sharing.
Our Favorite Gem Trees
Our best advice in choosing a gem tree for your home is to choose the one that you are most drawn to. If you’re not sure what that might be, here are a few of our favorites:
Amethyst is often used to calm the mind and increase focus, making it a popular stone for meditation. It’s also helpful in cultivating intuition and a spiritual connection. Because of this, an amethyst gem tree could be a wonderful addition to your meditation area. Amethyst’s calming effects also make it a great fit for a bedroom, where you want to create a soothing, relaxing environment.
You might also want to place an amethyst gem tree in the Wealth corner of the feng shui bagua, called Xun in Chinese. Amethyst’s purple hue lends itself well to this area, since Xun is connected to the color purple. Because of amethyst’s connection to wealth and abundance, you might also want to place it in your office to encourage a prosperous career.
A citrine gem tree is another great option for the Wealth (Xun position) or your home office, because citrine crystals are connected to the energy of abundance. In addition to material wealth, Xun represents your feelings of abundance and self-worth. Placing citrine in Xun position can help you increase these feelings by cultivating confidence, optimism, and personal power.
You can also place your citrine gem tree in the center of the feng shui bagua, called the Tai qi. This area of the bagua represents your overall wellbeing, and because it’s in the center, it also has an effect on all other areas of your life. Citrine can provide a warm, uplifting energy to the center of your home.
If you’d like to invite more protection, try placing a black tourmaline gem tree by your front door. Black tourmaline is a very protective stone, and it can help to create an energetic barrier against negative energy.
Black is also connected to the water element in feng shui, which is related to depth and wisdom, as well as how you interact with your social network. To invite more water element qualities into your life, try adding a black tourmaline gem tree anywhere in your home.
Pearls can invoke the metal element, because metal is expressed both through round shapes and the color white. A pearl gem tree might be for you if you want to cultivate more metal element qualities in your life, like precision, joy, and beauty.
Pearls also contain a beautiful lesson in how they come to be. A pearl is created when an irritating piece of debris finds its way into an oyster. Without that irritation, there would be no pearl.
Jade is a very treasured stone in East Asian cultures, and is often used to invite protection, wellbeing, and longevity. While jade comes in several colors, the most well-known is green jade. Green is connected to the wood element in feng shui, so you may want to place a jade gem tree in your home to invite more wood element qualities.
A green jade gem tree could be especially supportive in the New Beginnings area of the feng shui bagua, called Zhen. This area is connected to family, springtime, and the wood element. You can also place it in Xun, the Wealth corner, to invite abundance and prosperity.
Rose quartz has a soft, soothing energy and is often used to heal the heart or invite in a romantic partner. A rose quartz gem tree can be a great addition to the Relationships area of the bagua, known as Kun. You can also place it in your bedroom to invite emotional rejuvenation and love.
How to Care for Your Gem Tree
Like any feng shui object, it’s important to care for your gem tree. This means cleaning it often and making sure it is not neglected. The shape of gem trees can mean that they collect quite a bit of dust, so you’ll want to tend to it often and wipe off any dust that has accumulated.
Gem trees also contain crystals, therefore they should also be energetically cleared every so often. You can do this by placing the tree in sunlight for several hours. Sunlight has a very bright, clarifying, yang energy that can help to remove any stuck or stagnant energy that your tree may have collected over time.