Chrome Diopside Gemstone Information

Chrome Diopside
 
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Natural gems with an attractive pure green color are generally rare and pricey. Emerald is, of course, is the most valuable and popular green gem. Tsavorite garnet and chrome tourmaline also have a rich green color but they are increasingly difficult to find and have appreciated in value as a result.

Then in 1988, rumors of a momentous new green gem from Russia started circulating in the trade. Dealers who saw this material when it first surfaced in Europe raved about the resemblance of its color to that of tsavorite and chrome tourmaline and raved as much about its price: only a fraction of these gems. After the Berlin Wall fell and dealers began exploring the new possibilities for marketing Russian gems, the rush was on. Since then, Chrome Diopside has been granted class one export status among Russia's mineral resources, a ranking that includes Diamond, Emerald, and Alexandrite.

Chrome Diopside makes an excellent substitute for other green gemstones, mainly Emerald and Tsavorite, as it exhibits a similar color at a fraction of the cost. In fact, Chrome Diopside is the most affordable of all the rich green colored gemstones. Chrome Diopside is mainly available in smaller Carat sizes because the color of the stone steadily darkens as the sizes increase.

Chrome Diopside Crystals

The prices and value of Chrome Diopside can vary tremendously, depending on the size and quality of the gemstone. AJS Gems is your source for the highest quality Chrome Diopside and many other precious colored stones from across the globe, available at Bangkok direct wholesale prices. Creating the finest jewelry starts with finding the best gemstones, and the best gemstones are found at AJS Gems.

 
Why Buy Loose Gemstones Instead of Pre-Set Jewelry?
 

There are many reasons, but mainly it comes down to value and choice...

When buying your Chrome Diopside gemstone loose instead of a pre-set stone, you can be sure that you are getting the best value for your money.  Loose gemstones are less expensive, a better value, and you can really see what you are paying for.  The most important part of getting the right price and finding the best value is to first see what you're getting.  A jewelry setting will hide the inclusions inside a gem, and can deepen or brighten its color.  With a loose stone you can much more easily inspect the gem and see it for what it really is.  In this way you can get a better idea of its true worth and be sure you are paying a fair price.

The second advantage of buying a loose gemstone is choice.  You are free to pick the exact color, cut, shape and variety of the stone for the setting of your dreams, be it yellow gold, white gold, platinum or silver; prong set or bezel set with diamond accents.  You can experience the joy of creating your very own, one-of-a-kind jewelry design. Choose from a variety of jewelry settings and styles to create a completely original presentation that will perfectly suit your individual gemstone and will be as unique as you are!

Chrome Dioside Ring   


Attributes

Origin Main source is Russia.  Also found in India, South Africa, Finland, USA, Burma, Madagascar and Italy
Color Deep green
Refractive Index 1.675 - 1.701
Chemical Composition  CaMg(Si2O6)
Hardness  5 - 6
Density  3.29
Crystal Structure Monoclinic
Month March
Zodiac Sign Pisces 

Chrome Diopside is a calcium magnesium silicate that crystallizes from magmas.  Chrome Diopside has an index of refraction between 1.675 and 1.701. The refractive index (RI), measured using a refractometer, is an indication of the amount light rays are bent by a mineral.  Birefringence is the difference between the minimum and maximum RI. When birefringence is high, light rays reflect off different parts of the back of a stone causing an apparent doubling of the back facets when viewed through the front facet. 

Diopside is rated at 5 to 6 on Moh's Scale of Hardness and though it is suitable for jewelry purposes, care should be taken with this stone for it is relatively soft and brittle. It is recommended that Chrome Diopside is used for earrings or a pendant rather than a ring that will receive a lot of wear.

Most gems have a crystalline structure. Crystals have planes of symmetry and are divided into seven symmetry systems. The number of axes, their length, and their angle to each other determine the system to which a crystal belongs.  Chrome Diopside crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system.

 
Color

A beautiful deep green as shown by the rough crystal above is the most often seen faceted version of this gemstone. The green color of this gem is caused by the element Chromium, which gives Ruby its red and Emerald its green.  The main factor to consider when purchasing loose Chrome Diopside is the color, with medium dark green stones being at the pinnacle of the value spectrum.  Specimens over 2 carats displaying a rich green color are incredibly rare and will naturally demand high premiums.

Chrome Diopside glows with green. In fact, when its color is less than ideal it tends to be from too much green rather than too little. This is more likely to happen in sizes above three carats: the green can be so dark it can look black.


Cut

A faceted cut with shallow angles is needed to improve both the brilliance and the color of the stone, particularly in larger sizes where the color can appear too dark. Popular cuts for chrome diopside include oval, cushion, emerald cut (octagon), and rounds.  Chrome Diopside is also occasionally cut into cabochons.

The quality of the cut will significantly enhance the value considerably by adding brilliance and scintillation

 
Treatments

There are no known enhancements for Chrome Diopside.

AJS Gems fully discloses any and all known treatments to our gemstones.
 

Sources
 
Chrome Diopside forms in basic and ultrabasic igneous and metamorphic rocks. 
 
Most Chrome Diopside is mined in a remote area in Eastern Siberia known as Inagli, which is in the state of Sakha. The area is better known for its impressive diamond deposits. In Siberia, there isn't much green to admire for most of the year. Perhaps in compensation, nature placed rich deposits of a vivid green chrome diopside in this snowy region to delight the eye during the long and hard winter months.  This challenging landscape is home to the world's major deposit of chrome diopside.


Mythology
 
The name Diopside is derived from the Greek word 'di' meaning two, and 'opsis', meaning vision.

Diopside is believed to be a creative stone, increasing creative visualization and helping to manifest desired goals. It has also been said that it can improve the wearer's intellect, particularly with regards to mathematical and analytical abilities. In addition to this, Diopside is believed to alleviate aggression and stubbornness, and is said to be related to love, commitment, and the inner heart.
 
Chrome Diopside is believed to protect the wearer  from all the evil and bad memories. It is even associated with healing of a few chronic diseases.

Physically, Diopside is believed to heal the heart, lungs, and the circulatory system. It is also believed to aid with psychological disorders and weaknesses.

 
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