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Get to Know: Dendritic Crystals

Dendritic crystals and I are new friends, like we just became friendly earlier this year. The more time I spend with it the more my appreciation of this stone grows. Dendrite refers to the sea kelp or fractal shaped inclusions that are the result of iron, manganese, or hematite within the stone. There are two common types of Dendritic crystals both of which are technically quartz. Let me explain; dendritic agate is actually a type of quartz, more specifically its a variety of chalcedony which is identifiable by its milky or opaque appearance.     The second common dendritic crystal is dendritic quartz which is easily recognized by its transparent and iridescent background. Most dendritic specimens are found in Brazil, India and...

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