Dendrite and Opal
Pendant Designed by Dee in German Sterling Silver. With a large Australian Opal accent and inlayed bale. 2″ X 3″; 60.9 grams.
Dendritic minerals (iron- and manganese oxides) on Solnhofen Limestone (Upper Jurassic of Southern Germany).
Dendritic growth is a very common phenomenon in nature. We are all familiar with the way how trees grow by spreading branches and roots from the main trunk (that’s why we call this mode of growth “dendritic”). The term “dendrite” itself is used to describe branched projections of neurons.
A crystal dendrite is a crystal that develops with a typical multi-branching tree-like form. Dendritic crystal growth is very common and illustrated by snowflake formation and frost patterns on a window. Dendritic crystallization forms a natural fractal pattern. Dendritic crystals can grow into a supercooled pure liquid or form from growth instabilities that occur when the growth rate is limited by the rate of diffusion of solute atoms to the interface. In the latter case, there must be a concentration gradient from the supersaturated value in the solution to the concentration in equilibrium with the crystal at the surface. Any protuberance that develops is accompanied by a steeper concentration gradients at its tip. This increases the diffusion rate to the tip. In opposition to this is the action of the surface tension tending to flatten the protuberance and setting up a flux of solute atoms from the protuberance out to the sides. However, overall, the protuberance becomes amplified. This process occurs again and again until a dendrite is produced.
In paleontology, dendritic mineral crystal forms are often mistaken for fossils. These pseudofossils form as naturally occurring fissures in the rock are filled by percolating mineral solutions. They form when water rich in manganese and iron flows along fractures and bedding planes between layers of limestone and other rock types, depositing dendritic crystals as the solution flows through. A variety of manganese oxides and hydroxides are involved
endrites symbolize growth or change.
Dendrites are the branch-like formations of iron or manganese oxide inclusions that crystallize within the stone. Metaphysically, these symbolize growth or change.
Activates and opens the higher chakras to anchor ones higher consciousness into the lower physical form and chakra network. It also allows one to remain centered in times of stress and long term physical exertion.
It cultivates a presence of mindfulness as well as projecting goodwill to all. By practicing this goodwill the venues for abundance and fulfillment are made available to experience not only for the self but for those that are within the fields of those using this mineral.
Astrological Sign: Gemini
Ray: 2 Love Wisdom
Vibrates to the number: 3