Hello, everybody! It’s a long time we haven’t told you about precious stones. Having visited Turkey this autumn, I was in many different stores and once I came to the jewelry shop, I was really impressed by the beauty of gem known as Diaspore (Zultanit). The thing that surprised me the most about this stone, was not only the vivid colours that displayed from the stone, but also the intensity of them. I have never seen before a stone showing so many colours at once.
So today, I would like to tell you about one of the rarest and beautiful stones as Diaspore and about a trademarked high –quality Diaspore named Zultanite.
Diaspore is- a wonderful stone chameleon. Its color depends on the lighting. It is mined in Turkey, and in limited quantities. Turks calling Diaspore as Zultanit which is very unique and they attribute to him a purely Anatolian deposits. In fact, “Zultanit” – is the name of one of the Gemmological mineral species, scattered in abundance all over the world, well-studied in all variations of composition and are often produced together with the minerals in the rock as a wake.
The ‘Sultan of Gems’, Diaspore has really a great story.
“Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Rudyard Kipling’s famous lament about the gulf of understanding separating the British from their colonial subjects on the Indian subcontinent has little resonance in Turkey, where eastern and western cultures have long mingled in the globe’s richest crossroads.
The birthplace of major civilizations, including the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Turkey is not usually a country associated with gemstones, until now.
In homage to its country’s history, Zultanite was named in honor of the 36 sultans who ruled the Ottoman Empire. Anatolia, literally meaning ‘sunrise’ in ancient Greek, is blessed with majestic and beautiful landscapes that perfectly complement such an extraordinary gemstone.
Officially named in 2005, commercially mined in 2006, and trademarked in 2008, Zultanite has taken a Diaspore to more advanced level. His mission is to sell only Diaspore of high-quality. Its single, remote mine is situated 4,000 Feet above Sea Level.
Diaspore is a very rare and beautiful, 100% natural gemstone, with no enhancements. Diaspore is a kiwi green colored gem that shifts to a pinkish-champagne color when viewed under different light sources and different angles. Diaspore has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale.
The excellent ability of Diaspore is to change the color which gives it main charm and mystery. Such properties are also known in amethyst and alexandrite, but our stone is more diverse range of colors. In the dim light or cloudy day it’s green, like young grass. When the light is brighter it gets brown, amber, yellow shades. The color of stone depends not only on the light, but also on the admixtures therein. It can be yellow, green, raspberry, khaki, pink, yellow, brown, purple. His shades look good in jewelry from gold or silver. Gem has a glass shine with pearly reflections. Careful grinding, skillful cut emphasize its natural beauty.
The process of jewelry creations and impressive jewelry, you can watch in the video below.
The meaning of the word Diaspore is dissipation. This is one of the oldest versions of the stone name. Indeed, with proper cutting the dazzling play of light can be achieved. This jewelry production suffered from heavy losses in processing of Zultanit. This is due to the increased fragility of the stone, as a result the correct facet can be done only by recognized experts in their field. The term «diaspore» was introduced by french Rene Just Hauy in 1801. This crystallographer described first this mineral. Earlier in the Urals people called it glandular kyanite. The chemical composition of the stone – aluminum oxide with a water content.
This stone was mentioned by ancient Eastern sages. Sultans wore rings with this rare stone, their clothes, presenting it to their wives and concubines.
Deposits of Diaspore
It has been known the deposits in the Middle and South Urals. This stone can also be found in the Sakha-Yakutia. It occurs in Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, China, the United States, even in some places. A gem Zultanit is produced only in Turkey in the area of Lake Bafa. Following these findings Turkish Diaspore has become famous as a rare gem.
Diaspore before mining
The faceting gems are obtained up to 25 carats. The mining of the mineral is limited and nobody knows when the deposit gets exhausted. So, that’s why the purchase of this stone can be seen as an investment.
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Zultanite Mine in the remote mountains of Anatolia, Turkey.
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Diaspore from Selcuk, Mugla. Turkey
Phisical properties of the stone
Diaspore is the stone of a high purity. Even with a tenfold increase it looks clean and there are no impurities. Coating depends on admixtures. Iron gives yellow and brown tones, manganese oxide – pink and red, chromium ions – green. Women have always loved this gem. It has been noticed that any, even a very beautiful lady with the jewelry containing Diaspore, looks attractive in the eyes of others. For this property this stone is still in favor. Sometimes a “chameleon” can let down the woman, acquiring color completely wrong to her clothes. Therefore it is necessary to take into account lighting, with this extraordinary stone. It is believed that silver is more energetically pure than other metals.
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Turkish diaspore cocktail ring
Jewelry with a silver rim – is the most powerful talismans to aid in magical rituals. The Diaspore becomes stable and permanent near the silver in their effect on his owner. Cold silver shine goes well with any shade of Diaspore giving it crystal luxurious look, shine, brightness. Diaspore – is a very rare stone. And in the nineteenth century it was even a few jewelry items of Diaspore that collectors were proud with. Therefore, he deserves the gold rims of the highest standard.
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By the way, It does not agree to low-grade metal environment. In this case, the stone fades, loses its shine, game depth and transparency, like “falling asleep.” The miracles of awakening starting, if you change the frame. In the old times the jewelers used diasporit to determine the quality of gold, if there was a suspicion of forgery.
A video below shows how to make a snowflake by cutting Diaspore
Magical properties of the stone
The mineral helps creative people. He is considered the mascot of poets, artists, musicians, actors. It gives them inspiration. A man who possesses this stone, is tuned in a philosophical mood, he has a tendency to reflect, reflections, that allows him to solve their problems in a special way. Diaspore helps to be persistent, do not throw the business at the beginning, to move forward. It helps people in mental activity, enhances imagination and daydreaming, draws creative inspiration. Stone saves his master from a bad mood, ailments. It protects against bad people, their negative impact. Diaspore is very popular among fortunetellers. Looking on the cracks of the stone they are able to interpret the future. Stone is not curative. But It has is a property to warn the owner of impending misfortune. This could be an illness or material loss. Stone becomes to split on its own.
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Diaspore flower necklace set with white diamonds
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Gorgeous Diaspore earings is an excellent choice to stand out of the crowd
The impact of astrology
Diaspore fit many signs of the zodiac. For example, to Aries, Leo, Sagittarius – the signs of Fire, the stone helps to find different talents and to develop them. He instills these people balance, enhances their intuition, even gives them foresight. Earth sign – Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo using Diaspore manage to be even more practical, but at the same time dreamy and romantic. Stone fixes in some way their emotional limitations by having a positive impact on the world of feelings, even teaches cheerfulness. Every precious stone has its character, power, fate. He works on his owner, and the longer the mineral is next to the man, the stronger is this effect.
How to distinguish forgery from natural stone
As Diaspore is rare and expensive stone, a lot of ladies would like to possess it. But not everyone can afford it. People learned how to synthesize the stone. It is created in Turkey and the technology has not been disclosed. The properties of hydrothermal Diaspore are not inferior to natural. It turns out the stone with the active participation of the man, but it is indistinguishable from the natural. Artificial stone is treated much easier and much of the jewelry are sold with it. This can be determined at a reasonable price and inscriptions g/t on the label. Natural Diaspore is much more expensive than diamonds, but the price of hydrothermal is quite comparable with hydrothermal topaz and garnet prices.