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Chrome Diopside Is
Chrome diopside is a beautiful gem... with a lot of undeserved baggage.
For starters, the name is boring, and just short of
uninviting. The chrome portion of the name is applied because this
variety of diopside contains chromium. The diopside portion of the
name comes from the Greek words dis, meaning "two kinds," and opsis,
Chrome diopside has a hardness of 5.5 on the Mohs hardness
scale. Therefore, some judge the gem to be "not suitable for everyday wear
in a finger ring." But the beauty and other attributes make it very
suitable for neck and ear wear.
Chrome diopside is available in relatively small sizes (7
mm): In the rare large sizes, the color can actually becomes so rich that it is
But chrome diopside has a great upside:
Gorgeous rich green color
Highly refractive which
gives it great sparkle
Vary affordable... for now
Rare and unusual gem
Chrome diopside's color is comparable to emerald
The refractive index is high, almost double that of emerald. This makes
for a lively gem with lots of sparkle.
The price is beginning to creep up. The beauty, rarity, and increasing demand
for this stone indicates higher prices in the future. Retail prices exceeding
$100 per carat are just ahead.
Chrome diopside is found in several places around the world. In fact, it is
found on every continent in small quantities, including Antarctica. However and
it's a big however), it is rare, and the gemmy, medium green stones are
found in just a few places.
Most top gem quality stones come from a (weather) hostile region of
Siberia. The extreme cold weather and remote locations of Siberia greatly
restrict mining production.
Chrome diopside is a beautiful gemstone. We have a selection of
gem quality stones available. Send
me an email for details.
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and have Google start putting money in your bank account!
A Google search for the keyword phrase chrome diopside gems returns a number of
internet listings and ads with additional information and photos.
Gem Industry News...
Gold Use In Jewelry
A recent industry publication carried two seemingly contradictory articles
about the use of gold in jewelry fabrication.
The first article was headlined...
Gold Demand for Jewelry Fell 13.3% In 2006
The article was based on a study published by the research firm
The other one was captioned...
Jewelry Demand for Gold Reaches All-Time High In 2006
This article is based on figures released by the World Gold Council.
Careful reading of the details within the stories helped to clarify the
The first story focused on the weight of gold used in the fabrication of
jewelry. The second story focused on the dollar value of gold used in jewelry.
Gold prices rose from $257 per ounce in 2001 to $721 in 2006.This dramatic
price increase certainly would explain how the amount of gold used to create
jewelry declined, but the cost of that gold increased.
The jewelry industry's response to the higher gold prices has been to use
more sterling silver, 10 karat gold, and non-traditional metals in jewelry
that the Tucson Gem Shows and Valentine's Day are in the rear-view
mirror, we can all take a small breather, and then focus on
We must also continue servicing our customers, recruiting new customers, and generally growing our respective businesses.