When Dioptase was first discovered, it was called a ‘primitive version of emerald’. That was around the end of the 18th century when it was first mined in Kazakhstan. J.C. De Lamétherie made this first categorization in 1793.
Thankfully, this green colored mineral didn’t remain a poor cousin to the Emerald for long. In 1797, René Just Haüy a French mineralogist (and also the founding father of crystallography) named it Dioptase. Haüy is singularly responsible for opening the fascinating subject of crystallography to future generations. He has also named many minerals that were discovered during his time such as amphibole, actinote, axinite, kyanite, sphene, etc.
For this specific gemstone he came to the word Dioptase after taking inspiration from two Greek words, ‘dia’ meaning through and ‘optasia’ meaning vision. This name was chosen because when the mineral is tilted under the light, a secondary facet of crystals seems to pass through them.
Before the name Dioptase became popular, it was known by other names too such as achrite, copper emerald, emeraudine, and kirghisite. The presence of copper in the mineral was the revealing factor which made it different from Emerald. Also, it weighed only 5 on the Mohs scale which made it a much softer stone than emerald.
Dioptase is formed as a secondary mineral mainly in copper deposits and is also a result of oxidation and weathering of primary minerals such as calcite and limestone. It is for this reason that it is also commonly associated with malachite, azurite, and chrysocolla.
As a green colored emerald-like stone, Dioptase has strong vibrations that energize the body and vibrates with positive energies. It is a stone that facilitates compassion and forgiveness. It is a stone that allows you to live in the moment and live it to the fullest. It is said that this stone also helps overcome any past-life connection that you may feel and which may hamper the progress of your present life.
Dioptase is a great rejuvenator of the heart chakra and the thymus. Its vibrations reach right within your inner self and make you come alive. If there is anything that is preventing you from living a fulfilling life then keeping this stone close will help you overcome your inner battles.
• Physical Healing –Until now no evidence has been found of how this mineral helps a body physically. However, the stone has many other benefits which are discussed below.
• Emotional Healing – Dioptase is a strong gemstone that heals the emotional struggles of a person. It helps a person overcome petty emotions such as jealousy. It helps inculcate feelings of compassion and forgiveness. It is also a stone that is often recommended for people who are impatient. It brings a cool and calm sensation that changes your perspective of life.
• Spiritual Healing –One of the greatest benefits of Dioptase is its ability to take a person out of past-life experiences. If you have been feeling the pull of the past life that is halting the progress of your present life, keeping this stone close will help you overcome the karmic connection.
• Chakra Healing – Dioptase is a stone that directs rejuvenates the heart chakra. It vibrates with the thymus and resonates with the heart chakra. Its green colored mineral composition keeps the heart at the present time thus helping you live a more accomplished life.
Dioptase is a talisman of the heart. It helps one overcome sensitive emotions that overwhelm the whole being. Emotions such as grief, depression, trauma, anxiety, depression and self-hate can completely destroy a person. But with the help of this special stone, you can bring back the soothing effects of calmness and patience. It ‘resets’ the emotional state that is in turmoil and brings peace to your life. It also helps bring change in your life. From removing a bad habit to making better lifestyle choices, this stone helps in many ways.
Therefore, help the unborn souls to see and understand the hidden secrets of the physical universe.
It is a green-colored stone with a strong presence of copper.