Where does Chrome Diopside come from?
Major sources come from Myanmar (Burma), Russia, Pakistan, South Africa, Austria, Brazil, Italy, North America, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and Finland.
Chrome Diopside is colored by Chromium which gives it a dark green, natural color similar to that of a Tsavorite Garnet. Most Chrome Diopside is not color enhanced and is usually most abundant and affordable in smaller pieces. As the stones get larger, the cost of them goes up as well, since finding larger crystals of Chrome Diopside is a less common occurance.
How to take care of Chrome Diopside
Chrome Diopside is affordable but not the most durable stone, and it is always advisable to remove your Chrome Diopside jewelry before doing anything that may scratch the stone. In general, washing dishes in soapy water will not harm your stone and neither will bathing with them on. Such activities however will require your stone jewelry to be cleaned and polished by jewelry professionals to keep its clear rich green color.
Avoid heat from torches, steam cleaners, chemicals cleaners, ultrasonics, & abrasives. This stone is not the hardest mineral scoring only 5.5 out of 10. Chrome Diopside should also not be exposed to extreme temperature changes that may cause hairline fractures to crack the stone further.
Moh’s Hardness Scale:5.5
Specific Gravity: 2.66
Mineral Species: Diopside