Published On: 01-22-2012 06:33pm
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Category: Gemstone Jargon
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?
By MaggieMays on 02/07/2013 @ 04:54pmIn reply to guest comment made on 2/7/13. First of all you need to understand that Russian Chrome Diopside is only rated a hardness of approx. 5.0-6.5 and is a relatively soft and brittle gem which will scratch. It is recommended according to the "ISG-International School of Gemology" that Chrome Diopside is better used in earrings or a pendant rather than a ring that will receive a lot of wear. To give you a recommendation for a ring it would have to be personal preference, but one must remember that Russia Chrome Diopside will scratch easily and has a potential of possibly cracking when bumped or hit hard. Yes, I have designed rings with chrome diopside but have used a very protective setting where the stone sits shallow in the casting. I, personally, which is just my opinion, do not give a high recommendation using Russia Chrome Diopside in a ring setting; their is too much potential for gemstone damage. I do make sure when I design a ring with chrome diopside that I let the customer know about the brittleness of the stone and I write my description's as descriptive as possible. I hope this helps you out!
By Guest on 02/07/2013 @ 09:26amOn a scale of 1 to 10 how would you recommend chrome dioxide fora ring
By MaggieMays on 01/22/2013 @ 02:37pmI'd like to thank all of you for your lovely comments and am very happy to hear that MaggieMays could help you understand what a beautiful gem Russian Chrome Diopside is and that you have been able to obtain some for yourself.
By Guest on 01/22/2013 @ 02:17pmI just purchased my first Russian Chrome Diopside and love it. The article is very informative and I am even more proud of owning this beautiful gemstone.
By MaggieMays on 10/18/2012 @ 01:12pmThe hardness for Russian Chrome Diopside was mentioned "On the MOHS scale of hardness, it is rated a 6-6.5, and is suitable for jewelry." Yes, care should be taken with this stone for it is relatively soft and brittle. It is recommended that Chrome Diopside be in a protective setting, such as, earrings or a pendant, but it can be designed in a ring as long as you don't wear it 7/24/356 days a year which is recommended for all gemstone jewelry. If so, your gems that receive a lot of wear their is a chance of damaging the gemstone. That is one reason why it is so important that you take your fine jewelry to a jeweler between cleaning, this is a way to have the setting checked, loose gemstone's, or any other potential damage that may occur from wear and tear. I usually make a point of putting this in my description's.
By Guest on 10/17/2012 @ 09:00amIt was a very interesting read, but nothing was said about the hardness or softness of the stone that it is not recommended to be cut for rings, only necklace, bracelets, or earrings. They also, so I have been told the stone scractch easily.
By Guest on 10/08/2012 @ 09:25pmI own beautiful pieces with this beautiful stone,,,,I bought the first Chrome Diopside,loose stone in an emerald cut & had it set in a ring surrounded by diamonds,,,,it is awesome!!! I get many compliments ,,,,,then I own earrings to match the ring & I also have another ring with 2 emerald cut Chrome Diopside then 2 diamonds then again the 2 Chrome Diopside & 2 diamonds there are 8 chrome diopsides & 6 diamonds between the beautiful green stones!! I always get compliments & most people ask what the stone is because they have no clue. I am Russian & wear my pieces with pride!!! I love the stone!! In clarity,it does NOT compare to emeralds,,,,I like the Chrome Diopside much more than I could ever like emeralds.
By SewKlassic on 07/02/2012 @ 01:06pmI had never heard of this stone, but I found your blog article fascinating and the pictures show what a beautiful green gem this stone is. Great post. :-)