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Historical Information

Dioptase is known as "the gem of the Congo". Other names for it include copper emerald and achrite. It is also sometimes known as the emerald of the poor because it looks like emerald but is much more fragile.

Dioptase was named in 1797 by mineralogist R. J. Hauy. The name comes from the Greek word “dia” for through, and “optos” meaning visible, a reference to the visibility of the stone’s internal cleavage planes.

Dioptase is of a gorgeous vivid emerald green color, with a hint of blue. Collectors prize the stone for its color and it has sometimes been confused with emerald. It has extremely high fire, however the fire is masked by its strong color, which makes the stones appear translucent, rather than transparent.

The best quality of Dioptase is found in copper deposits in Russia, Namibia, Zaire, Chile, and US (Arizona).

Dioptase is the astrological sign for Taurus.

Metaphysical Properties

Dioptase is a powerful stone to awaken love and compassion and to heal emotional distress. The beautiful green ray of Dioptase makes it a heart stone on many levels.

Dioptase supports the emotional heart, strengthens the physical heart and awakens the spiritual heart. Meditation with Dioptase to open your inner eyes to your higher purpose.

Dioptase is believed that can releases emotional patterns, assists in understanding roles we have played as well as the roles of others in our lives. It is excellent stone to emotionally assist in experiencing divorce, death, or any intense family trauma, stimulates forgiveness and healing of emotional wounds.

Beliefs in the mystical powers Dioptase possesses. It is a stone that has a happy, playful energy and has been called a heart healer.

Healing Properties

Dioptase is also a strong mental cleanser and detoxifier. It stimulates the immune system. It is a good stone for treating depression, chronic headaches (migraine), central nervous systems,  liver, cell disorders, blood pressure, pre menstrual syndrome, cardiovascular and heart burn. Dioptase is particularly effective for overcoming addictions and stress.