diopside

Chrome Diopside

Chrome Diopside is a chromium-rich, transparent to translucent variety of gemstone-quality calcium magnesium silicate. Chrome diopside’s rich, vibrant greens rival the beauty of emerald. Chrome diopside colour variations range from a vivid, bright green to a dark green that appears almost black. Although its intense green colour rivals that of Emerald, its low hardness makes it prone to scratches, thus limiting it from overwhelming the gemstone industry.

Stock Sizes:
Rounds: 1.5mm – 7mm
Oval: 3x2mm – 12x10mm
Pear: 4x3mm – 7x5mm
Marquise: 3x2mm – 12x6mm
Octagonal: 5x3mm – 10x8mm
Princess Cut: 3mm – 6mm
Trillion: 3mm – 6mm
Heart: 6mm
Square: 2mm

Larger specimen single stones are available

Chemical Formula: CaMgSi2O6
Crystal Structure: Monoclinic
Colour: Green, Yellow, Brown, Black
Hardness: 5.5-6 on Moh`s scale
Refractive Index: 1.675-1.701
Specific Gravity: 3.22 to 3.38
Cleavage: Good

Treatments: Diopside gemstones are generally natural and not heated or enhanced.

Care: Ranking 5.5 on Mohs hardness scale, chrome diopside is moderately soft and prone to scratching. Avoid abrasives when cleaning chrome diopside, use of ultrasonic cleaners and steamers is not recommended and do not use any harsh chemicals or cleaners.

 

 

Although its intense green color rivals that of Emerald, its low hardness makes it prone to scratches, thus limiting it from overwhelming the gemstone industry. – See more at: http://www.minerals.net/gemstone/diopside_gemstone.aspx#sthash.Vycp6Ssb.dpuf