VINTAGE BLACK STAR DIOPSIDE gemstone cabochon 18.05 cts CAB6

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VINTAGE BLACK STAR DIOPSIDE gemstone cabochon 18.05 cts CAB6

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Vintage black star diopside cabochon with characteristic sharp 4-rayed star, weighing 18.05 carats and measuring 17.0 x 12.0 x 8.9 mm.

This unique gemstone comes from India and was acquired by Joel in Bombay (now called Mumbai) in the early 1980s. Diopside belongs to a mineral group called pyroxenes. Another well known member of this group is jadeite. Diopside is hard enough for jewelry and takes a good polish.

Stars and catseyes are phenomena caused by simple reflection from included mineral needles or fibers within a gemstone. When these fibers are close together, reflected light creates a sheen like you see on a shiny fabric such as rayon. When the gemstone is cut into a dome-shape (cabochon) the reflection is concentrated in a line across the top and appears as an eye. The eye is always perpendicular to the direction of the fibers.

If the host mineral contains several sets of included fibers, each one produces its own reflected eye. Intersecting sets of fibers yield a star, and the number of rays depends on the symmetry of the host mineral. Corundum (ruby and sapphire) is hexagonal so the star has 6 rays. The structure of diopside has a different symmetry that produces a 4-rayed star and the rays intersect at an angle that is usually slightly sharper than 90 degrees. There is a large number of minerals that display catseyes and stars.

Black Star Diopside has metaphysical applications, and is said to reduce aggression and stubbornness, enhance the creativity of the wearer, and improve feelings of love and commitment. It is also reputed to improve the heart, lungs, and circulatory system.

The price is for this one star diopside cabochon, and we guarantee it to be a natural untreated stone and vintage from the 1980s. The shipping cost includes insurance within the U.S.A.

Materials Used

diopside, mineral, star diopside, star stone, cabochon, gemstone, semiprecious stone

Product Attributes

Color: Green

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Shipping

All Other Countries
First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $1.25

Australia
First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $1.25

United Kingdom
First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $1.00

Canada
First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $0.75

United States
First Item: $3.50
Additional Items: $0.50

Policies

We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.

**We automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! All such packages have a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class *** Priority mail is $7.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2016
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $3.60 covers any first class shipment up to 8 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $13.50 for any package weighing from 1-8 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $13.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). Please bear with us for a few weeks while we change our listings to account for the new rates. We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.

All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!

All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.

All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.

If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
We want you to be 100% thrilled with your purchases!

We value each and every customer and are delighted that you have chosen to shop in our store! Customer relations are extremely important to us and we pride ourselves on the authenticity of what we sell, how we package it, and being accessible to all of you should a question or a problem ever arise.

Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem

Reviews

mojogirl58 on Sep 24, 2016
5 stars

Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
Patron292488 on Jun 22, 2015
5 stars

I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Patron129202 on Feb 19, 2015
5 stars

Lovely color;!interesting stones.
Patron249228 on Apr 5, 2014
5 stars

When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Patron249228 on Apr 5, 2014
5 stars

Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!

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