Discover Chrome Diopside

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Diopside has been regarded only as a collector's gemstone until recently, when the deep forest-green chrome diopside variety has made its way into the mainstream gemstone market.

Chrome diopside is not a very romantic sounding name, but the gemstone itself is stunningly gorgeous and rivals the beauty of more expensive stones like emerald, green tourmaline or tsavorite garnet. 

If you’re on the hunt for a unique gemstone to add to your collection or simply for a beautiful green rock, this might be the stone for you. Here’s everything you need to know about the chrome diopside gemstone and jewelry.

 

About chrome diopside:

All diopside gemstones are natural and don’t undergo any enhancements or treatments. Diopside is a monoclinic pyroxene mineral that occurs naturally in a variety of colours such as green, yellow and brown. Green is the most commonly found diopside colour, which gets its beautiful hue from traces of the element chromium; hence the name chrome diopside. Chrome diopside is faceted into gemstone cuts mainly for earrings and pendants. It is generally not used for rings and bracelet due to its moderate hardness. 

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Clarity and quality:

This chromium-rich diopside (chrome diopside) is transparent to translucent in appearance with a good chance of high visual clarity. Chrome diopside can range from faint to dark green.

An interesting fact of this gemstone is that the larger the stone, the darker the tone. Therefore, the best chrome diopside colour is more common among gemstones approximately under 2 carats, while gemstones over 2 carats with the same quality are incredibly rare and expensive as the larger the stone, the darker it tends to be, even appearing nearly black. 

The most sought after chromium diopside gems have a deep forest green similar to tsavorite garnet or demantoids. These are also the most valuable. 

Chrome Diopside Characteristic Physical Properties
Hardness 5.5-6.5
Toughness Moderate
Inclusions Black needle-like magnetite inclusions that might be magnetic, metallic like inclusions and liquid inclusions.
Luster Vitreous
Fracture Conchoidal, Uneven
Cleavage Good, in two directions

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History and source location:

Chrome diopside gemstones have been around a long time, but were only officially discovered in 1988. Originally, chrome diopside was sourced from Russia's Eastern Siberia, but deposits have been found elsewhere in the world. Pakistan is now considered a significant supplier for gem-quality chromium diopside. Other locations of chrome diopside rough include Australia, Russia, Canada, Madagascar, Brazil and South Africa. 

The term diopside comes from the Greek words "di" and "opsis," which mean "two" and "vision." It's no surprise then that this stone was viewed as one of visualization and was sometimes placed on the forehead to help encourage good dreams by ancient peoples. Other cultures believed green diopside had come from the tree of life. Many people buried their dead with the gemstone to ensure renewal of their life.

 

Metaphysical properties:

Chrome diopside has long been used to boost creative vision and awareness. This green gemstone is also thought to be able to improve intellect and encourages the desire of one to learn. According to metaphysical beliefs, chrome diopside is used to help alleviate aggression or stubbornness while in turn enhancing love and commitment. Green diopside is said to be connected to the heart chakra.

Those who use gemstones for healing have been known to use chrome diopside in the treatment of headaches, to regulate blood pressure, to encourage recovery after illness and to help those who suffer from addiction. Chrome diopside is not a traditional birthstone, but it is associated with the zodiac sign of Pisces as well as Gemini and Virgo.

 

Proper care:

Though chrome diopside is a favorite gemstone replacement for stones such as emerald, they are not nearly as hardy and has a Mohs hardness of about 5 to 6. It's best to remove any chrome diopside jewelry before engaging in sports or other physical activities. Remove chrome diopside jewelry when using household cleaners (especially bleach) since the potentially harsh chemicals could cause adverse effects.

Do not use ultrasonic or steam cleaners. The best method for cleaning chrome diopside is to use a mild soap and lukewarm water. Use a soft cloth to remove dust, fingerprints and other grime. Velveteen trays or soft pouches are best for storing chrome diopside jewelry.

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