Dendritic Yellow & Yellow Moss Agate
Yellow Dendritic Agate is considered an Agate even though it does not have the banded appearance that is common with most agates. But as an agate, it contains small crystalline areas that may show some translucency when held up to the light. Each stone shows its natural rustic characteristics, with a different pattern of branch or fern-like markings called dendrites - formations of iron or manganese oxide inclusions that crystallize within the stone. The actual term dendrite comes from the Greek dendron, meaning tree. The particular stones used in Miriam’s necklaces might have been mined in Wyoming (Trapper Creek Dendritic Agate), which typically are golden yellow to tan with small black dendrites, or in the Homedale area of Southwestern Idaho near the Graveyard Point Plume Agate beds. Dendritic agate is also found in several locations throughout the western and southwestern US. Another interesting note: Dendritic Agate from Kazakhstanis prized in Russia as a stone of long life, good health, and prosperity. The famous Russian jeweler Carl Faberge used Dendritic Agate in combination with Diamonds and other precious gems in some of his designs.