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What You Need To Know About The Diopside?

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Diopside is a beautiful, little-recognized gemstone that can be found in many places around the world. It gets its name from the Greek word diopsiswhich means “having a double appearance. This is probably due to that fact that the mineral often displays pleochroism. Pleochroism is the tendency for some gemstones to display different colors when the crystals are viewed from different directions.

What is it?

It is a monoclinic pyroxene mineral. This means that its crystals are uneven in length and it belongs to a group called the pyroxenes. The pyroxenes are silicate minerals that can found in many igneous and metamorphic rocks, such as slate, marble and cooled magma. It has a vitreous luster, which means its luster resembles that of glass.

Types of Diopside

It can be found in various colors such as pale peach, blue-violet, varying shades of green, yellowish brown, greenish brown, white and even clear.

Violan is a lovely blue-violet variety of the mineral that can be found in Italy. Uncut rough is rarely seen in the marketplace, and it is very rarely ever used in jewelry items.

Black Star is a black to blackish-green variety that is commonly cut into cabochon form in order to display its four-rayed star. This star is caused by rutile needles included in the stone itself.

What You Need To Know About The Diopside?

What You Need To Know About The Diopside?

Chrome is probably the most recognized of all of the varieties. It is prized for its brilliant, glowing green coloration. Very few gemstones, except for emerald, can boast a desirable green coloration. The exceptions to this would be chrome tourmaline and tsavorite garnet, which also happen to be fairly expensive. Unlike fine emeralds, chrome tourmaline, and tsavorite garnet, chrome diopside is relatively affordable and offers beautiful color and clarity.

Mining

The chrome variety is mined in a very remote part of Eastern Siberia known as Inagli. The winter conditions are so severe in this region that the ground is soft enough to mine for only 2-3 months out of every year.

Other parts of the world where it can be found include the United States (specifically Colorado and New York), Italy, Austria, Germany, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Madagascar, Myanmar (Burma), South Africa and Finland.

Routine Treatments

There are no common or routine treatments associated with this mineral.

Care

Diopside is a relatively soft mineral, ranking only a 5-6 on the Moh’s scale of hardness. Care must be taken when wearing your jewelry, especially rings, in order to avoid scratching your stones. Avoid sudden temperature changes and harsh chemicals. Your diopside jewelry should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner.