Dioptase is a trigonal crystal. It has a hardness of 5 on the Moh scale.
Dioptase is green, but its structure works in a red way.
But what does that mean in practical terms?
Well, the colour green is associated with balance, expansion, abundance, and the strength to walk our individual path.
But with trigonal green the vibration also includes a forceful, direct and dynamic energy.
So with Dioptase, we have a crystal that is very empowering for the heart… and for any individual who has to walk a path which is different to others, to their society, and most of all, to their family.
Dioptase helps to empower the heart… and teaches that it is OK to walk alone when you need.
So it is very useful for those maverick, rebels, and creative geniuses who come along, from time to time, shake things up and show everyone else a better way…
… But during the “shaking up” part… the everyone else has a tendency to belittle and mock them… and they don’t often get listened to.
At such times, Dioptase can help a person stay true to their dreams and their ideals, especially during difficult circumstances… when their energy levels are low, and they are doubting themselves.
In the crystal literature, Dioptase is also often quoted as being a vibration which can release trapped grief, hurt and rejection from deep within the Heart chakra.
This would make sense in terms of its trigonal structure, a forceful red that is capable of bursting through inner blockages, exposing the hidden pain, so allowing deep healing to occur.
But it is also interesting that most people don’t find Dioptase a comfortable energy… for many it’s energy is too intense, too penetrating.
But at the right time, in the right context it can work miracles.
Because of its green / red vibration, it has the power and strength to help people who are having a hard time walking their unique, individual path… usually because they cannot find it within themselves to break free from family / social ties, energy ties which are holding them back from achieving their potential.
For these people, Dioptase can provide the much needed energy boost to get them started, get them on their way.
Because when a car has a flat battery, it can always be started again by giving it a push along the road.
In fact, of all the mineral kingdom, I think Dioptase is one of the two natural entrepreneur crystals (the other being Yellow Sapphire).
(c) Brian Parsons, February 2017