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Dioptase is an intense emerald-green crystal with a vivid sparkle that has been prized by ancient civilizations for centuries. It was first discovered in Egypt, and its unique properties have made it highly sought-after throughout history. Since then, it has been found in many parts of the world, including Russia, Chile, Namibia, and the United States. The name “dioptase” comes from the Greek words dios (twice) and ptosis (falling), referring to its double refraction property which causes light waves to split into two when passing through the crystal.
Dioptase is composed of hydrated copper silicate and belongs to the trigonal crystal system. Its hardness on Mohs scale lies between 5-6. Dioptase also displays piezoelectricity - meaning it can generate an electric charge when exposed to pressure - as well as thermoluminescence – meaning it emits visible light when heated up or exposed to radiation!
Dioptase is a powerful crystal that symbolizes prosperity, abundance, and renewal. It has been known to clear and stimulate all chakras, allowing one to be fully present in the moment while also providing an invigorating and refreshing energy boost. In addition, dioptase can be used as a protective talisman against negative energies, helping to keep one safe from harm. With its myriad benefits, dioptase is truly a magnificent stone!