Tree Agate Pendant Necklace
Below is information about the gemstone on the Tree Agate Pendant Necklace.
About Tree Agate
Tree Agate is a beautiful white and green stone that has been thought to have a deep connection with nature. Tree agate is also known as dendritic agate. Dendrites are crystal inclusions. In tree agate, the dendrites create a green dappling effect on a white base that resembles foliage. The ancient Greeks associated tree agate with dryads and sometimes buried the stone in agricultural fields to promote a plentiful harvest.
Agate was thought be have first been found in the Achates River in Sicily. Egyptians were making seals, rings and vessels from agate stones at least 3000 years ago. Agate was used as talismans in Egypt, Greece and India.
The inclusions that resemble vegetation in dendritic agate are from the presence of manganese and iron oxides that made their way into cracks of white quartz as it formed. Tree agate is sometimes mistaken for moss agate, but they contain different mineral traces. Tree agate is found in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Namibia, Uruguay and the United States.
Mineral Information: Microcrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony
Chemical Formula: Si02, Silicon dioxide
Color White base with dappled green inclusions
Hardness 6-1/2 to 7 (Mohs)
Specific Gravity 2.60 - 2.65
Refractive Index 1.544 - 1.553
Care of Tree Agate
Clean using a soft cloth and soapy water rinsing well and polishing after to remove any soap residue. As with most gemstones, ultrasonic cleaners and steamers are not recommended. Dry your Tree Agate stone thoroughly after washing. Store in a soft case away from hard objects to avoid being scratched.
Metaphysical Properties associated with Tree Agate
*All metaphysical properties listed below are collected from various sources. The validity of the information is not guaranteed nor expresses the artist's views. This compiled information is offered as a service for those interested in potential metaphysical properties.