(Typical Examples)

In 2009, a man was chasing one of his goats up a mountain slope a few kilometers from the pueblo where he lived. He stumbled over some rock that he thought looked unusually pretty and picked some up. In 2011 some of this rock was offered for sale at the Tucson and Quartzsite Show in Arizona. It was well received with beautiful, feather-like dendritic patterns on different colored backgrounds.

The rock is simply called Sonora Dendritic Jasper/Rhyolite because of the strong dendritic patterns and is found in the state of Sonora, Mexico. The state of Sonora is directly south of Arizona and California.

The rock has a blue-gray or yellow background color with maroon colored dendrites growing off sealed fracture lines. The dendrites are surrounded by white halos as if their formation absorbed color from the surrounding rock. Sometimes the base color can contain some pink color and be softly banded like hickorite or wonderstone. The sealed fracture pattern is similar to the sealed fracture patterns in the Owyhee Jasper from Oregon and the maroon color of the dendrites is very similar to the color of the dendritic pattern in the jasper from New Mexico called Apache Sage. The material is opaque and is softer than jasper or rhyolite. The rock is probably an altered dolomite that has been heated, cracked, and resealed by volcanic activity.

Sonora Dendritic Jasper is a rhyolite containing branch or fern-like markings called dendrites. This stone is considered an jasper even though it does not portray a banded appearance that is common with most jaspers.

Dendrites symbolize growth or change. Dendrites are the branch-like formations of iron or manganese oxide inclusions that crystallize within the stone. Metaphysically, these symbolize growth or change.

  • Assists with connection with nature
  • Promotes protection of earth and all its creatures
  • Prosperity, wealth, abundance stone
  • Creativity
  • Emotional balance

Dendrites are known as a stone of abundance- in all aspects, both material and spiritual. They help in creating a peaceful environment and in taking pleasure of every moment in life. They help in opening and aligning the chakras and staying tuned with our roots.

They also brings stability, persistence and the ability to see every difficulty as a challenge that is possible to be faced and fought. They also heals geopathic stress that is believed to be the source of many illnesses as it weakens the immune system.

Dendrites are associated with the Heart and Crown chakras.


Anyone can benefit from the subtle energies of healing, but it is not meant as a substitute for seeking medical advice from a qualified medical practitioner. The information about the metaphysical properties of stones on this website is intuitive and not scientifically verified. This field is speculative and exploratory. Individuals need to use discrimination to determine what is true for them. We cannot guarantee any results with any stone or jewelry item. We do not advocate the use of stones as a substitute for medical or psychological care. Our stones are not intended to treat or cure any disease.

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