A Writers Guide to Dioptase



Dioptase is a deep blue-green to emerald green copper cyclosilicate (ring silicate) mineral. It’s transparent to translucent. It’s a fragile stone and must be handled with care.

Discovered in the late 18th century in Kazakhstan, copper miners believed they had discovered a huge deposit of emeralds. An analysis of the gem showed it was not emerald based on its hardness. Emeralds have a hardness of eight while these stone had a harness of five.

In 1797, Fr. René Just Haüy (a French mineralogist) named this newly discovered stone dioptase from the Greek dia, meaning “through,” and optima, meaning “vision”.

The occurrence of dioptase is rare. They are only found in the desert under special circumstance.

Magical and Mystical Properties include

  • relieving high blood pressure
  • strengthening the heart
  • calming the heart
  • relieving nausea
  • increasing libido
  • helping to recall past lives
  • healing heartbreak, grief, and sorrow
  • stimulating psychic visions
  • when used in conjunction with pink kunzite it heightens sensitivity

Discharging & Recharging

To recharge dioptase, place it among hematite stones. Store with clear quartz crystals when not charging or in use. (In stone therapy, when using stones to heal, their energy is used up, requiring the stones to be recharged.)

This is a reference for fiction writers and should not be taken as medical or spiritual advice.gemstone index

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  1. I love the color of this crystal. It really draws me in. Enjoying this series!

  2. …and I thought I knew my stones. I've not heard of this one before.

  3. You are doing an amazing job of this. :o)

    I'm watching America's Next Top Model at the moment and they are here in NZ having to pose with sheep. hahaha

  4. I've not heard of this stone! Gosh, I wonder why it's not used in jewelry? Or is it? It's beautiful. I might have to investigate.

    Jessica @ The Alliterative Allomporph

  5. I could have used some relief from nausea last night. I think my mother-in-law tried to kill me with spare ribs.

    My birth stone is emerald, but I bet this would be much less expensive in jewelry, and still the right color. I'll have to keep an eye out!

  6. Hi Holly I don't think I've ever heard of dioptase .. it's a beautiful colour .. interesting post as is the A – Z of minerals .. cheers Hilary

  7. I like the properties of this stone! Where can I get one?

  8. Sounds like a stone I need to pick up if it does all you say.

  9. Beautiful – love the colour. How bizarre – I was sure I was following you. I am now!

  10. Cool – I like the stone/crystal theme you've got going here. I've heard of the first 3. The amethyst is lovely. Love the properties of this one, though. As others have asked, where can I get some? 🙂 I'd be curious to recall a past life…hmm.

  11. very cool, and VERY beautiful! What fun educational posts you're doing, Holly! :o) Thanks~

  12. I love your topic of minerals and stones. Husband and I went obsidian hunting last October. At a place called Glass Butte near hear. We're all about the volcano – extinct and not – in these parts.

  13. The fact that it was discovered in Kazakhstan intrigues me–you don't hear that country mentioned much.

    I love the blue-green color; it has such sharp crystals.

  14. I've never heard of this one before. This series is wonderful!

  15. It's a pretty stone, and not one you much hear about.

  16. I'm really enjoying your theme. Gemstones don't have any place in my current novel, but I expect they'll play a key part in one I have planned for later. Thanks for sharing all these details, especially about rare specimens such as the dioptase (which I'll admit I'd never heard of before, much like your C stone).

  17. It's gorgeous! I guess the rarity makes them expensive and softness possibly less stable in jewelry? I love the look of it, though. Makes total sense it would be near copper and oxidized copper has a blue-green shade, too.

  18. Crystals are fascinating aren't they? I studied their properties briefly while I was designing jewelry. Thanks so much for commenting on my site. I get so excited to find out someone is actually reading what i write! . There sure are a lot of us taking the challenge.

  19. Another great and informative post. I'm waiting to see if there really is a gem/stone/crystal for every letter. 🙂

  20. It just so happens I need to do a little gem research! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

  21. Emerald my least favorite but never knew all these facts.


  22. This is gorgeous! I love your theme!

  23. I figured dioptase was some kind of sugar. I do like the properties of psychic powers and seeing past lives. I wonder if I put some in my morning coffee I could spend the day on a mind trip to my previous lives.
    That would be cool!

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  24. Beautiful stone, and an interesting choice of subjects for the A-z 🙂 I'll be back for sure (I'm not a writer but really like crystals)

  25. I love this stone. The color is incredible. Your best bet for purchasing it is at a gem shop or a new age shop.

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