Publisher’s note: This short history was originally published by the late Stephen Kotlowski, in the public domain, and is reproduced here verbatim for education and public consumption.  If you identify any errors or incorrect attributions, please notify us immediately.  All sources are cited.

Here is a short history of the mineral Diaspore and its gemstone trade name(s) Zultanite® / Csarite™ and some of the people involved, also to answer some lingering questions of what it is and how these trade names came to be along with photos and some noted articles associated with it. At the end of this report are pictures of the 96 carat “Sultans Shield” Zultanite® and the Zultanite® “Shooting Star” motif Jewelry Ensemble valued at over $1.5 million dollars: designed by Stephen Webster of London.

In early 2006 it was my friend Murat, the current mine owner who suggested we come up with a more pleasing gemstone “marketing” name for the gemstone variety of the mineral Diaspore, it had an awful sounding mineral name sounding like a fungus, so in early 2006 he came up with the name after I suggested we call it “Ottominite” after the Ottoman Empire of Turkey and he said how…