What is Dioptase?
Dioptase is a copper cyclosilicate mineral that is often found in Kazakhstan, Namibia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s primarily used as a gemstone and is popular for its deep green color.
Dioptase is a captivating gemstone that comes in shades of deep green. Its unique appearance and color make it a popular choice for jewelry and decorative items, especially beads and pendants.
|Chemical Classification||Inorganic - Silicate|
|Color||Deep green, often resembling emerald.|
|Transparency||Transparent to translucent.|
|Occurrence||Namibia, Kazakhstan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.|
|Formation||Typically found in the oxidized zones of copper deposits, often in association with malachite.|
|Specific Gravity||3.28 - 3.35|
|Diagnostic Properties||Intense green, vitreous luster.|
|Pleochroism||Weak; green to bluish green.|
|Optical Properties||Biaxial (+)|
|Refractive Index||1.648 - 1.709|
|2V angle||Measured: 58°|
|Dispersion||Not typically noted for its dispersion.|