AZGem Gems
April, 2007

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Written by Carolyn Doyle for customers of
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Usable Gems... and a little opinion.


Chrome Diopside Is Emerald Green


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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, meaning "opinion."

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 too dark.

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 and tsavorite.

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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.

Click on the box... 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.




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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 CMP Group.

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 confusion.

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 pieces.



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Jewelry Dealers

wholesale jewelryNow 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 building inventory.

We must also continue servicing our customers, recruiting new customers, and generally growing our respective businesses.


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Do you enjoy talking with friends and co-workers?

Could you use an extra income source?

Take a look at our great Jewelry Dealers Program.



Carolyn Doyle

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