Dioptase

Joyful Awareness

See the best in others and live as your Highest Self.

Be here, now, and fully present in your own life.

Realize your own incredible potential and beauty.

Feel peaceful and happy, and be creative and curious.

Let Dioptase reveal to the Sacred Wonder in all things!

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Healing Properties of Dioptase

Spiritual: Dioptase’s energy embodies the concept of “Namaste” (that which is Holy inside of me, greets that which is Holy inside of you). It helps us to see people and relationships as an opportunity to explore the Sacred, and to become our Highest Self. Dioptase encourages us to continually question, explore, and be willing to change. It charges us to become more spiritually evolved and empowered in every area of our life. Dioptase helps us to sit in the here and now, and allow the past to rest. It is only in the NOW that we can embody our full potential and step firmly into our power. Dioptase is attuned to the Heart Chakra and linked to the astrological signs of Sagittarius, Scorpio. It is connected to the element of Water and vibrates to the Number 8.

Emotional: Dioptase links our heart and spirit, encouraging self-awareness and teaching the incredible power of forgiveness. It is a wonderfully joyful stone! It helps us to be more content in our current life and to see the beauty in it. It also makes us eager to improve our lives, and to understand that change happens one step at a time. Dioptase sings to our hearts, telling us that today is a perfect opportunity to move forward in a positive direction; to laugh more, to love more, to seek peace, to take personal responsibility for our own contentment, and to know how we can help others along their path. Dioptase shows us our own amazing capabilities and helps us to realize that we already have everything we need inside of us already to achieve our goals and dreams. Dioptase also teaches us the incredible power of forgiveness, showing us that whenever we forgive someone, we are in turn empowered by the experience.

Mentally: Dioptase helps us to view our world more pragmatically, creatively, and compassionately. In particular, Dioptase helps us to let go of the past and pay more attention to our present and to the future we want to create. Dioptase helps us to shake off old roles that no longer serve us and to release victim mentality. In its place, Dioptase encourages us to look at where we are right now and to use whatever tools are at hand to create a life of pleasure and fulfillment. Dioptase shows us who our true friends and allies are and encourages us to seek their help and offer our own assistance. Dioptase stimulates our creativity, helping us to find new solutions to vexing problems. When our life is generally peaceful, Dioptase’s creative energy can stimulate an abundance of ideas and give us the wherewithal to bring them into being.

Physical: Dioptase is most often used by metaphysical healers to treat physical diseases that are believed to originate from emotional pain and distress. For example, a person who was verbally abused who develops hearing loss, or someone who develops low libido after discovering their partner cheated on them. Dioptase helps us to go right to the root of the problem and heal the heart and find forgiveness and compassion, after which the physical body can heal itself.

Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.

Mineralogy of Dioptase

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Dioptase Crystals, Congo

Mineral Family: Cyclosilicates

Chemical Composition: CuSio2O(OH2)
Cleavage: Perfect
Color: Green, blue-green
Crystal System: Hexagonal/trigonal
Form/Habit: Prismatic
Fracture: Uneven to conchoidal
Gravity: 3.3
Hardness: 5
Luminescence: None
Luster: Vitreous to greasy
Streak: Pale green-blue
Transparency: Transparent to translucent

Location: Dioptase has been found in significant deposits in Angola, Argentina, Chile, DMR Congo, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco Namibia, Peru, Russia and the United States

Mineral Family: Dioptase is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. One way the tetrahedra can connect is in circles, and it is to this group that Dioptase belongs. Other famous minerals in the cyclosilicate group are Aquamarine, Emerald, Sugilite, and Tourmaline

Altyn Tübe Mine (Dioptase), Kazakhstan

Altyn Tübe Mine (Dioptase), Kazakhstan

Formation: Dioptase is a rare mineral which forms mostly in desert areas as a secondary mineral in Copper Sulfide mineral deposits. It occurs in the oxidized zone where the liquid silica reacts with dissolved Copper, creating Dioptase and/or Chrysocolla.    

Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock. In some cases it is mined as part of a large-scale operation for Copper and other precious metals, such as the Tsemeb Mine in Namibia. In other cases, it is a small-scale affair. 

Enhancements: All Dioptase on the market is fully natural and has been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing. 

Map courtesy of TravelBlog
Photos: Dioptase CrystalDioptase Mine

History of Dioptase

Dioptase is so similar to Emerald, in color and in mineralogy, that it was often mistaken for the precious green gem. As such it was not recognized as a distinct mineral until relatively recently and was not included in early lapidaries, texts that describe gemstones and their powers.

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‘Ain Ghazal Statues

The oldest record for Dioptase actually dates all the way back to the Neolithic period. An archaeological dig in ‘Ain Ghazal, Jordan dates back to 7200 BCE and is one of the largest and best known Neolithic sites in the Middle East. Among the many artifacts found are three life-size plaster statues, known as “Micah,” “Hefia,” and “Moses,” whose eyes have been rimmed in Dioptase. These statues were found in what is believed to be one of the oldest temples ever constructed. They give us a glimpse into the prehistoric religions of mankind, thousands of years before the first great civilizations arose or writing was invented. Thirty human figurines have been found in ‘Ain Ghazal, along with many cattle figurines and other wild or semi-domestic animals. The humans statues are either bodiless heads or headless bodies, with no obvious gender. Many of them appear to have been deliberately broken, possibly for spiritual or emotional reasons. The motivation for decorating some of the statues with Dioptase is also unknown and could have been metaphysical or strictly aesthetic. While Dioptase hasn’t been found in the region, the area was once well known for its Chrysocolla mines, and presumably the Dioptase would have been found nearby.

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Dioptase, Altyn Tübe

The first historical mention of Dioptase was after the founding of the Altyn Tübe Copper mine in Kazakhstan. In 1797, the miners mistook the Dioptase for Emeralds and immediately sent some to Moscow for analysis and as a present for Czar Paul. Mineralogists quickly determined that the beautiful stones were a new gemstone, since Dioptase has a hardness of just 5, while Emerald has a much stronger 8. Since these early examples were particularly fine specimens, they were named Dioptase from the Greek words  for see-through (dia “through” and optos “visible”).

Photos: StatuesDioptase

Ethically Sourced Dioptase

 

The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.

The Gem Dealer sells to the Lapidary.

The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.

Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.

 

 

 

 

 

The Supply Chain

The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.

The Mine and Lapidary are in different countries and at least one middleman is involved.

 

 

The Mine

This Dioptase was mined in Altai Republic in Siberia Russia.

The exact deposit is unknown, but it was likely a bi-product from one of the many small Copper mines in the region.

Learn More: Ethical Mining

 

 

The Lapidary

This Dioptase was polished in Mumbai, India.

The Lapidary is a family business, owned by two business partners.

Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.

The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells exclusively at large gem shows.

Learn More: Ethical Lapidary

 

Sourcing Relationship

I first met one of the owners of the lapidary at the Denver Gem Show in 2017.  Our first encounter was short since it was my last day of shopping and I had already spent most of my budget.  But their tumbled stock was the highest quality I had ever seen.  A few months later we met again in Tucson and this time I made sure to see them at the beginning of the show!

In 2019, at the Tucson Gem Show, I was able to sit down with both owners and have a lengthy conversation about sourcing.  Unlike most vendors, they were willing to speak with me in-depth about how they make sure their business is ethical.  We talked about individual mines they source from both in India as well as how they source from other countries.  We also talked about how they treat their own workers and about the links between business, karma and God.   Their willingness to talk and their pleasure at the conversation makes me eager to continue to develop and deepen this relationship.

Safe Handling of Dioptase

Dioptase

What You’ll Receive: A 100% natural Dioptase

Selection Process: The stone I select for you will be carefully chosen for its beauty and appeal.  If combined with other stones, I always take time to choose stones that look and feel good together.

Origin: Altai Republic, Siberia, Russia

Polishing Method: Polished by hand, one stone at a time. Each stone is unique and minor variations are what makes them beautiful.

Details:

  • Color: Green
  • Polish: Shiny and smooth
  • Quality: AAA
  • Shape: Egg
  • Size: Average size varies.
    • Large is 1.25 in/32 mm.
    • Medium is 1 in/25 mm – fat
    • Small is 1 in/25 mm – skinny
  • Transparency: Opaque
  • Weight: Average weight varies.
    • Large is 1.2 oz/34 g/179 carats.
    • Medium is .7 oz/20 g/99 carats.
    • Small is .3 oz/8.5 g/42 carats

Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days.  International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.