This necklace is truly one of a kind reminding me of the sun peaking through the snow on a wintery day❄️. Measuring at 18” with a 1” extension at the clasp, this piece is hand crochet using 100% refined and recycled Sterling Silver wire and chain.
Gem-lovers may come across the term “dendritic” in a few gemstone varieties. One such gemstone is dendritic opal, a type of opal with dark inclusions that form stunning fern-like patterns across the stone’s surface.
Dendrites are the branching ends of nerve cells that communicate with other dendrites along synapses to pass messages through the body. Gemologists use the word “dendrites” to refer to tree-like markings on a gemstone or rock. When an opal or any gemstone displays tree-like inclusion patterns, gemologists call it a “dendritic” variety of that stone.
If you were born in October, dendritic opal is an earthy variety of your traditional birthstone, the opal. Astrologically, the dendritic opal is a planetary stone for the sun, making it a lucky talisman for the zodiac sign Leo.
Historically, the dendritic opal spiritual meaning tied to magic and power. In the Middle Ages, people thought these stones held mystical energies, allowing whoever held one to see their truest self. Nobles would carry them as a status symbol, also believing the stone could help them stay in power.
In modern spiritual circles, dendritic opals’ dark patterns, contrasting against their white surfaces, symbolize the balance of opposites — similar to yin and yang. Additionally, the patterns’ resemblance to nature represents one’s connection to Earth, boosting intuition and self-awareness.