Published On: 01-22-2012 06:33pm
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Category: Gemstone Jargon
By MaggieMays on 07/18/2014 @ 06:19pmIf your looking to have a individual gemstone(s) appraised, I suggest you take them to a certified gemologist/jeweler. I purchase my gemstone(s) directly from the mine, chemically test for authenticity, clarity, color, blemishes, unusual inclusions as stated in remark dated 2/14/13.
By Guest on 06/07/2014 @ 05:33amThank you for the information on ChromeDiopside. I found it very interesting and helpful. It is a beautiful color green.
By Guest on 05/30/2014 @ 06:21amI'm am just beginning my dig into chrome over last two years. I do believe chrome will begin, what will be, a long climb up the "cost" ladder of gems. The mine now closed due to a death, and family not willing to re-open, nor sell...our days of current chrome prices are limited. When, and it will, re-opens, be prepared for this phenom to be, as the buyers cost will be it's first true indicator of the value and brilliance of this stone...which is remarkable!!! To say the least...green gems seem to always rally, and this will again be true with chrome...be prepared!
By MaggieMays on 03/31/2014 @ 02:49pmResponse to Guest comment 3/28/14: You can Google "Chrome Diopside" or "Russian Chrome Diopside" and it will give you various sources.
By Guest on 01/17/2014 @ 05:55pmHave 2 Ting& a pair of 2c stud earrings they out shine my emeralds very happy with this gem I
By MaggieMays on 01/08/2014 @ 08:19pmIn response to guest comment 1/08/14. I'm not familiar with LC tv. Remember, you get what you pay for! There is no way of knowing if this is a quality Russian Chrome Diopside gem or has any unseen blemishes or inclusions without using magnification; chemical testing for authenticity. Be careful what you purchase!
By Guest on 01/08/2014 @ 05:41pmI'm watching LC tv..they are selling what they claim to be Russian Diopside with sugg retail prices in the High 100,s for as little as 49.99. Really?? $600.00 rings for 50.00 ??? I want to hope. it's true, but it sounds too good to be true, and, you know what they say! So, what do YOU say? Are you familiar wit LC tv? is this legit?
By MaggieMays on 11/14/2013 @ 08:38pmIn regards to guest question "How difficult is it to repair scratched or chipped diopside?" In my professional opinion, it is best left up to a experienced jeweler and/or gemologist. If a faceted gemstone has 'scratches', it is possible to make your gem look like new again by finding each flat facet and re-polishing it, again, this should only be done by a jeweler or gemologist who has the right tools. Chrome Diopside is considered a relatively soft gemstone, with a hardness of only 5.5 according to Moh's scale. With this in mind, diopside is best suited to be used in earrings or pendant necklace, rather than in a ring which will receive a lot of wear. If you do have and wear your chrome diopside gemstone in a ring, even for occasional wear, they will most likely have to be replaced from time to time. Diopside can scratch, chip or even crack with normal day-to-day wear; all it takes is one good bump. All character qualities of your gemstone must be taken into consideration when deciding what kind of care and precautions you should take for your fine gemstone jewelry.
By MaggieMays on 09/26/2013 @ 06:31pmResponse to guest comment, 9/24/13. I'm glad that you like your chrome diopside ring. Also, I hope MaggieMays informative blog post on diopside has given you the information you've been looking for on this beautiful gemstone. Emeralds are considered one of your most precious gemstone's which falls in with your rubies, sapphires and diamonds. When purchasing a gemstone(s) you must remember that their price is based on color, clarity, grade, cut and so many other factors that go into the price of a gem. FYI: Please remember that both a emerald and chrome diopside are considered a moderate to soft gemstone; meaning that they can easily become scratched or even crack from continuous wear and tear. Gemstone jewelry is not meant to be worn 365/7/24 days a year and should be checked by your local jeweler at least once a year or sooner depending on how often you wear them.
By Guest on 09/24/2013 @ 12:50amI have just bought a ring with diopside stones. It was bought as a secondhand ring and so, so pretty. It puts my emerald ring to shame for its beauty and yet it was so inexpensive. I had to look up "diopside" as I had never heard or seen this stone before.
By MaggieMays on 04/16/2013 @ 07:01pmIn response to Guest question dated 4/15/13. It would be your personal preference, how much your looking to spend, etc. I, personally, can not tell you what the best source would be but can direct you to a website that has a mine in Siberia, Russia; which of course is where chrome diopside comes from. It is called "The Diopside Mines": http://www.diopsidemines.com/. You may contact them directly with any questions you may have through email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Russian Chrome Diopside is now considered a scarce gemstone and most of what is being mined can not even be used do to the fact that what is being found is too dark.
By MaggieMays on 03/18/2013 @ 07:26pmIn response to Guest question dated 3/18/13. Their is not a way for me to know what the carat would be by just stating the millimeter size. My first suggestion would be to have your gem tested which would show you if you actually have a genuine "Russia Chrome Diopside." You don't usually see chrome diopside is such a large size such as yours; larger stones tend to be too dark because the saturation of the gem becomes so intense. As a result, gem cutters will often cut chrome diopside slightly shallow to lighten the color. Usually when purchasing a 5 carat or higher chrome diopside the color will become so deep and dark it will almost look black. Gemstones should be cut with proper proportions to maximize the light that is returned to the eye. But gem cutters or lapidaries often have to make compromises when cutting a particular piece of material. If the gem color is quite light, cutting a deeper stone will provide a richer color. Conversely, a dark tone can be lightened by making a shallower cut. But in every case, the facets should meet cleanly and the surface should be well polished with no scratches In regards to carat size: you have to take into consideration the cut (round, square, marquise, etc) of your gem, is it proportioned correctly and it greatly depends on depth of the stone, etc. Each type of gemstone has different weights, for instance, a ruby is heavier than emerald, so a 1-carat ruby will have a different size than an identically shaped and proportioned emerald; the ruby will be smaller in size, since it is heavier. Scarcity of certain sizes among the different colored colored stones affects the definition of large in the colored gem market. My suggestion would be to take it into a jeweler especially since your talking about a 43mm size stone. Your jeweler would most likely have to remove your gem from the casting in order to get the correct information. I would love to hear back from you once you receive the correct and final information on your gemstone.
By Guest on 03/18/2013 @ 09:42amI just purchased a 43mm Chrome Diopside pendant for my wife from an Estate Auction in England. Any idea of how many carats a 43mm "CD" is?
By MaggieMays on 02/14/2013 @ 07:51pmTo Guest Question dated 2/14/13 - It is quite hard to make a assessment of any type of gemstone without performing testing or magnification. If your first ring was actually a pave' setting this would refer to a jewelry mounting technique which involves setting small stones very close together so that no or little metal can be seen between them and the effect is a dazzling color of brilliant gems. So you see between your two rings, you actually have different cut of gems and mountings. A jewelry setting can hide the inclusions inside a gem, and can deepen or brighten its color, such as, a pave', it brings out more sparkle and brilliance compared to a solitaire. Chrome Diopside is usually available in smaller carat sizes because the color of the stone steadily darkens as the sizes increase. Chrome Diopside should glow 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 larger sizes, usually 2 carats or above; the green can be so dark it can look black. The green color of this gem is caused by the element Chromium, a larger size may have much more of the element. It can also depend on the origin; Main source is mined in a remote area in Eastern Siberia known as Inagli, which is in the state of Sakha, Russia. Also found in India, South Africa, Finland, USA, Burma, Madagascar and Italy When you look at a gem in the light you usually do see color difference as light brings out brilliance, clarity, luster, etc., but you also have to take into consideration the grade, cut, inclusion(s) and much more which can only be seen under strong magnification and not by the human eye. Their are many factor's that need to be taken into consideration for a true assessment. I, personally, in my Russia Chrome Diopside Jewelry, try to stay in between a light medium to medium color gemstone with good clarity, cut, grade, luster, brilliance, etc. Remember though, I perform many tests and inspect my gems under strong magnification; and than only use the highest quality stone(s) depending on test results.
By Guest on 02/14/2013 @ 07:05amSome time ago I purchased a chrome diopside ring that was more or less a pave design. The stones were a beautiful green. So when I got the opportunity to purchase a 3.70 solitaire I bit the bullet and brought it. When it arrived, the stone was so much darker than the first ring. Under the light the green is pretty but without the light it shows dark dark green. What is your assessment as to the quality of the stone?