Friday, October 22, 2010

Chrome Diopside

Who here likes green?

Memememememe!

Here's something deliciously green, consistently eye clean and affordable: chrome diposide. Sure doesn't sound sexy, but once you get past the name you'll discover a gem that can rival green garnets for color.



Chrome diopside is relatively soft, like apatite, and somewhat brittle. For longevity, limit use to earrings, pendants, and other objects that get gentle wear.



Diopside commonly occurs in kimberlite, so diamond prospectors use it as an indicator mineral when hunting.



Here's a selection of jewelry featuring this amazing gem:

Little Gems: 4mm Chrome Diopside



Envy



Become




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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Another beautiful stone never heard of. What a beautiful color!

mcstoneworks said...

This is a gorgeous stone that I know nothing about. Great article and beautiful examples of it in jewelry pieces.

angie said...

Beautiful stone for such a clunky name!

Rita alias alatvian said...

Thank you so very much!
Didn't know such stone exists! *blushes*

jewelstreet said...

What a lovely article! I really enjoyed learning about chrome diopside. It's my all time favorite stone.

Thank you for including my necklace. I loved the other pieces as well.

Ramona said...

I definitely learn something whenever I read posts here! Those stones are sure pretty and so are the pieces being showcased with them.

Carole said...

How beautiful! who needs emeralds?

Distinction Jewelry said...

Ohhhh, one of my favorites. Chrome diopside is probably the most affordable true, saturated green one can find in the gem world right now.

Thanks so much for featuring my chrome diopside studs!

BeadSire said...

Divine - beautiful stone and pieces to match.

Cat said...

Why do feel a minty taste on my tongue looking at these gorgeous greens?

Cassie said...

Great info and great pieces! Very pretty!

Kady said...

So pretty! Great info as always!

galadryl said...

What a colour. Thanks for the info, never heard of it before either. Shame really.

Bonnie said...

Wow I must look for it. What a fabulous color. Thank you again for the educational post.