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Diaspore Gemstone - Everything You Need to Know About This Gem

limz Published On Sat Mar 28 2020   Modified On Sat Mar 28 2020
Diaspore Gemstone - Everything You Need to Know About This Gem

Diaspore is an aluminum oxide hydroxide mineral that is isomorphous with goethite and dimorphous with boehmite. These minerals exhibit an orthorhombic crystal system and have a very brittle tenacity. Along with Sapphire, Garnet, Alexandrite, and Andesine, it is one of the few color-changing stones.

Diaspore symbolizes strength, determination, passion, purity, innocence, cleanliness, wealth, and wisdom.

Let us learn more about Diaspore.

Meaning

Diaspore is an attractive and rare gemstone that consists of hydrate of aluminum in crystal form. It is also known as Kayserite, Empholite, or Tanatarite. These stones can open up and balance the crown and third-eye chakra. It helps to promote intuition and foresight, access the inner and spiritual guidance, receive messages from higher beings, and improve wisdom through inner work.

Origin and History

Diaspore Crystal.
Diaspore Crystal.
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In 1801, Diaspore was first discovered in the Ural mountains of Russia. After its discovery, it was named "Diaspore" from the Greek word "diaspeíreif" which means to "scatter". This name was given by René Just Haüy, a French priest and mineralogist, in allusion to the mineral's decrepitation on heating. The type locality of this mineral is Mramorskii Zavod (Mramorsk Zavod), Kosoi Brod Village, Polevskoy, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia.

Formation Process

Diaspore typically occurs as a result of diagenesis in bauxite formed by the tropical weathering of alumino-silicate rocks. It also occurs in some alkalic pegmatites as a hydrothermal veins, clay deposits and limestones, and nepheline syenite pegmatites.

Formula

The chemical formula of Diaspore is AlO(OH). These stones have a hardness of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale.

Types

  • Chrome Diaspore
  • Color-Change Diaspore
  • Mangan Diaspore

Colors Available

Color-Changing Diaspore Jewelry.
Color-Changing Diaspore Jewelry.
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  • White
  • Brown
  • Colorless
  • Pale-Yellow
  • Grayish
  • Greenish-Gray
  • Lilac
  • Pinkish

Mines Available

  • Agua Rica Mine, Catamarca Province, Argentina
  • Mistral Ruby Mine, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Tasna Mine, Potosi, Bolivia
  • Asarel Mine, Pazardzhik Province, Bulgaria
  • Oval Pit Mine, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Cost Per Carat

The price of Diaspore can vary anywhere from $50 to $150 according to its color, cut, and quality.

Uses

  • Diaspore is mainly used as an important ore of aluminum.
  • It is also used as a gemstone in various forms of jewelry.

Spiritual Properties

  • Diaspore helps to stimulate the mind, attract creative inspiration, promote imagination and daydreaming, and encourage development on a spiritual level.
  • These stones can improve the functions of the brain, balance the nervous system, boost memory, aid weight loss, promote lucid dreams, and treat any kind of ailments.
  • It also helps to communicate more freely, remove all the negative energies, encourage forgiveness, and remove all the past traumatic experiences.

Facts

Rough Diaspore Stone.
Rough Diaspore Stone.
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  • Diaspore has a vitreous to pearly luster and a conchoidal fracture.
  • It has a perfect cleavage on{010}, distinct on {110}, and {100} in traces.
  • It has a white streak and a specific gravity of 3.2 to 3.5.
  • It decrepitates when heated before the blowpipe and breaks up into white pearly scales.

Jewelry Stores Near You

  • Gordons Gold Jewelers, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Lauren B Jewelry, New York, USA
  • Astley Clarke, London, UK

Online Stores

  • The Vintage Jewelers, London, United Kingdom
  • Michael Hill, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

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