green gem of growth
Chrome Diopside Origin & Physical Properties
Chrome Diopside is the intense chrome green colored variety of Diopside, an inosilicate mineral that grows in prismatic monoclinic crystals. Chrome Diopside originally was only found in kimberlite shafts in the mountains of Siberia. In the late 80’s, an incredible new variety of gem started to emerge out of Russia. It resembled tsavorite and chrome tourmaline in its richness of color and luster.
Chrome Diopside has prismatic cleavage making it very difficult to facet into gemstones with over 80% waste the norm. It is a gem which is never treated and cannot be improved through heating, diffusion or other processes, thus it is always natural. It has a high refractive index leading to its especially brilliant fire after cutting.
Although eastern Siberia is still a main source for gem quality Chrome Diopside, rough material is also sourced from Australia, Canada, Madagascar and Brazil. This gem continues to grown in popularity due to its relative affordability and resemblance to much more expensive gems like Emerald and Tsavorite Garnet.
1.664 - 1.730
Violet, orange, yellow, green
Monoclinic; columnar crystals
Pisces,Gemini and Virgo
Prosperity, Self love, joy, harmonizing
Chrome Diopside Healing & Metaphysical Properties
The word diopside means two-vision. It’s no coincidence that this vibrant green gem is used to encourage creative vision. With the rich forest green color being associated with the heart chakra, Chrome Diopside is a an excellent gem to help encourage empathy and compassion. The gem can help overcome sadness and heal old wounds and is highly attuned to the energy of growth and renewal.
Chrome Diopside is said to be in tune with our Earth energy and is ideal for those that want to tune into Gaia’s frequencies and attuning one’s heart to the heart beat of our planet. Deeply healing and energizing, Chrome Diopside is one of Arkadia’s favorite underrated gemstones on the market.