Agates are composed of silicon dioxide and are part of the larger chalcedony family. These beautiful dendritic agates are mined in the northern part of Kazakhstan, and are distinguished by strikingly realistic inclusions resembling trees or bushes. These inclusions, usually black or brown, are caused by manganese, iron oxide, and hydroxide impurities, which are seen clearly in a light gray or clear background. Dendritic agate is believed to aid in understanding nature, and is associated with the protection of the earth, prosperity, abundance, healing, restoration and creativity. It can help improve one’s self esteem and emotional balance, and also help start new friendships.