About Dioptase

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  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations


Mineral formula: CuSiO3 · H2O

Crystal system: Trigonal

Crystal habit: long to short prismatic crystals

Cleavage: Perfect on {1011]

Fracture: irregular to conchoidal

Color: emerald green to blue-green

Luster: sub-adamantine, vitreous, sub-vitreous

Diaphaneity: Transparent to translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 5

Streak: green

Specific gravity:  3.28 – 3.35

Type locality: Kazakhstan

Geological occurrence: a secondary mineral in the oxidized zone of copper deposits

Named for: the Greek for "through" and "to see" in 1797 by Hauy in allusion to the visibility of internal cleavage planes.


Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Dioptase is a stone for spiritual attunement, particularly in integrating the concept that we live in today, not yesterday or tomorrow, so that one can find greater peace. It is known for assisting with past-life work. It also attunes one to the concept of abundance coming in many different forms, recognizing how much one actually has. It also has a balancing and aligning effect on the energies.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – all chakras, especially heart
  • Numerology – vibrates to the number 8
  • Zodiac – Sagittarius and Scorpio
  • Birthstone – no traditional association
  • Wedding Anniversary – no traditional association


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.