Zultanite’s mineral name “Diaspore”, comes from the Greek word “diaspora”, meaning “to scatter”. While Diaspore was discovered in Mramorskoi, Kossoibrod, Ural Mountains, Russia in 1801, the Turkish deposit remains the world’s only source of Zultanite.
Zultanite was named by Murat Akgun in honour of the 36 sultans who founded the Ottoman Empire in Anatolia in the late 13th century.
Although Zultanite is a very new name in the gem world, under its previous name “Diaspore” it has been available since the early 1800’s.
First faceted in the late seventies (1977), Zultanite is an extremely rare gemstone that despite its beauty and suitability for jewellery was previously plagued by scant availability. While an article in “Gems & Gemmology” magazine (Winter 1994) indicated that supplies were promising, this hasn’t translated into the availability of good quality gems until recently. While some jewellers previously sourced limited quantities of this gem marketed under their mineral name Diaspore, please don’t confuse the two.
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Zultanite is so rare that it is only found in one location worldwide, high in Turkey’s Anatolian Mountains.
The Zultanite gemstone is extremely attractive and similar to Alexandrite, in that it has the ability to show different colours under different lighting conditions. The gem is mined in one location in the world: Anatolia, Turkey, and it is indeed a true Turkish delight although supply is said to be very limited.
Some people believe Zultanite can assist in the development of psychic power, astral force, ambition, intellect, desire and emotions based on intellect and touch.
Zultanite crystals can sometimes appear to be different colors when viewed from different angles. This is a physical representation of one of the other aspects of its energy of adaptability.
Zultanite stimulates area of the mind which enhance one's ability to see different points of view on all issues and ideas. Because of this, Zultanite is an excellent tool for engineers, mediators, scientific researchers, therapists, doctors and others who need to bring a fresh, multidimensional frame of mind to each new situation.
In the book “The Curious Lore of Precious Stone”, written by George Kunz, it is linked with the Christian name Dorothy. Diaspore (Zultanite) is believed to help improve ambition, intellect and is said to help one develop psychic powers.
In meditation, Zultanite helps one find and maintain the state of 'beginners mind' - the attitude of openness and acceptance, unclouded by beliefs that one already knows what to expect.