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- Zultanite and Csarite are both the mineral Diaspore
- Zultanite and Csarite are the trademarked names given to the best Quality color change Diaspore that only comes from Turkey.
- Diaspore from other locations cannot be called Zultanite or Csarite.
Since 1801 when it was first discovered there have been many deposits found. It can now be found in the USA (Arizona and Pennsylvania), New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Russia, the UK and China. You will notice that I have left Turkey off this list. The Diaspore that comes from Turkey is special.
There is a deposit of Diaspore in Turkey that is unlike any other deposit. It has incredible color changing properties with up to three distinct colors visible at any one time. The mine in Turkey is owned by a man named Murat Akgun. It is his company who has introduced the gemstones of Zultanite and Csarite to the world. The names have been derived from the tsars of Turkey.
In 1997 the first Zultanite was cut from the mine in Turkey. In 2005 the name Zultanite was unveiled to the world. After a few years of trying to market this name Murat found it difficult. The name just didn’t catch on. In 2012 the name Zultanite was dropped and a new name was given. The new name for this gemstone is Csarite.
Zultanite, now known as Csarite, is mined in a bauxite rich deposit in the Anatolian Mountains of central Turkey. The beauty of this gemstones is that is comes from a single source, much like Tanzanite. It is natural, untreated and has one of the most amazing color changing characteristics of any natural gemstone.
Zultanite and Csarite are trademarked names and belong to a brand. While the mineral is Diaspore, there are some major differences. It is mined in one location only ensuring ethical distribution
Each gemstone is beautifully cut and graded to ensure only the best quality gems will be able to carry the name Zultanite or Csarite. Zultanite and Csarite can only be purchased from selected distributers that are hand selected. If someone tried to sell you Csarite ask them for their certificate of representation before purchasing.
Diaspore and Zultanite / Csarite are exactly the same. If you have a Diaspore that looks exactly the same as Zultanite or Csarite it is not able to be called that because it did not come from the company who produces that gem.