Connect deeply to the natural world and the Universe.
Communicate clearly with animals, plants, and crystals.
Be open to receiving and accepting love on all levels.
Create balance in your daily life and feel peaceful.
Gently make needed changes without fear or rancor.
Let Diopside show you all the marvels around you!
Mineralogy of Diopside
Mineral Family: Monoclinic
Chemical Composition: CaMg (Si2O6)
Cleavage: Distinct in two directions
Color: Green, can also be white, or violet-blue
Crystal System: Monoclinic
Form/Habit: Equant to prismatic
Streak: White to Pale Green
Transparency: Transparent to Opaque
Location: Diopside has been found in large deposits in Canada, Russia, South Africa and the United States. While most forms of Diopside are green, the rare violet-blue variety has been found in Italy and the United States.
Mineral Family: Diopside is a Silicate mineral. Silicate minerals form the largest family of minerals, including more than 25% of all known minerals and 40% of all common minerals. In addition to being a major part of the Earth’s crust, Silicate minerals have also been found on the moon and in meteorites. (Diopside has been found in many meteroites!) Silicates are minerals which contain the elements Silicon (a light gray shiny metal) and Oxygen (a colorless gas). Together, these two elements form a tetrahedron – a shape similar to a pyramid – with a Silicon atom in the center and Oxygen atoms at each of the four corners. These tetrahedra connect with other chemical structures, in six different ways, to form various minerals and rocks. One way the tetrahedra can connect is in long single chains, and it is to this group that Diopside belongs. Other famous minerals in the single-chain group are Astrophyllite, Jadite, Kunzite, Nuumite and Rhodonite.
Formation: Diopside is typically formed in ultramafic igneous rocks such as Kimberlites and Olivine Basalts. An ultramafic rock has a very low silica content with a high content of Iron and Magnesium. Diopside may also be found in some metamorphic rocks, but in this case they were usually already present in an igneous rock.
Mining: Typically mined from primary deposits that still have their original relationship with the host rock. The presence of Diopside found near Kimberlite deposits is often a prospecting sign for Diamonds! As such, Diopside is sometimes mined as a secondary mineral in large Diamond mines, particularly in South Africa. However, Diopside can also be a mined on a very small scale.
Enhancements: All Diopside on the market is fully natural and has been enhanced only by cutting, tumbling, and polishing.
History of Diopside
Diopside is a relatively new stone for the metaphysical community and so was not included in any of the ancient or medieval lapidaries, texts which describe gemstones and their powers. However, Diopside has long been considered a lucky stone among miners, since its presence often signifies that Diamonds may be nearby!
Diopside and Diamonds are found together in Kimberlite, an igneous rock. Kimberlite is named for a town in South Africa near some of the most productive Diamond mines in the world. Diopside was found near the “Cullinan Diamond,” the largest rough Diamond ever found. It was cut into several Diamonds, which are today part of the British Crown Jewels, including “The Star of Africa”, mounted in the Royal Scepter.
Diopside is also a common ore for the chemical element Chromium, which is responsible for giving Rubies their bright red color. Chromium was used by the Qin Dynasty of China (221-206 BCE) to coat the metal weapons used in the Terracotta Army and it was used by the Western world as a red pigment during the 17th and 18th centuries. Its most fascinating potential use, however, has been hinted at in modern scientific laboratories. Chromium has been proven to increase the lifespan of insects by 10% and studies indicate that a diet rich in Chromium will likely increase human lifespans as well!1
Diopside is a rare mineral that belongs not just to the Earth, but to the stars as well! It has been found in small amounts in many Chondrite Meteorites, the most common type of meteorite, and the source of many “shooting stars.” Most Chondrite Meteorites are less than 1 inch in diameter by the time they strike the ground. They were created during the birth of our own solar system and as such are much older than anything found on Earth. These igneous rocks were melted and then crystallized while flying through space, approximately 5 billion years ago. Occasionally Chrondrite Meteorites go through a secondary process of metamorphism, while others remain in their primary igneous state. Diopside is one of the most common minerals that make up these fascinating igneous rocks. When viewed under a microscope, it gives these tiny meteorites a green sparkle.
1Collatz, Klaus Günther and Rajindar Sohal, ed. Insect Aging: Strategies and Mechanisms Springer Science & Business Media, 2012 p.149-50 & Maugh II, Thomas H. “Longer Life Span in Rats Linked to Chromium” LA Times, 1992. http://articles.latimes.com/1992-10-20/news/mn-637_1_chromium-picolinate
Healing Properties of Diopside
Spiritual: Diopside’s energy facilitates a deep connection with the Earth Mother and Gaia energy. It allows us to better understand, communicate, and empathize with the needs of our fellow beings; including other humans, animals, plants, minerals, the Fairy Realm and even the Earth itself. It attracts Nature Spirits to our garden and helps us to take positive action in our own lives to reduce our carbon footprint and be a better steward and caretaker of the planet. Diopside has a refreshing energy that helps us our spirit to feel replenished and grateful for all the good bounty our Earth has to offer. Diopside brings a sense of lightness and joy to our heart, while keeping us deeply connected to the world around us. Diopside is attuned to the Earthstar, Root, and Heart Chakras and linked to the astrological sign of Virgo. It is connected to the element of Earth and vibrates to the Number 9.
Emotional: Diopside has an incredibly soothing and refreshing energy, helping us to feel grounded and centered. Diopside encourages us to actively work to create balance in our lives, which also means taking time to rest and unwind without letting other worries distract us. Diopside helps us to keep things in perspective and to accurately see our own role and influence (or lack thereof!) in any situation. Diopside has a very feminine energy, encouraging us to be more in touch with our emotions and to communicate our wants and needs effectively. It is an excellent stone for pet owners and can help us to better care for our animals. Diopside also reminds us that spending time with animals is very good for our own hearts too.
Mental: Diopside has a wonderful effect on the mind, refreshing the intellect and helping us to see patterns and connections as well as to follow logical conclusions to their end. It is particularly good for helping us better understand mathematics, music, and scientific reasoning. Diopside’s energy can reveal the startlingly beautiful natural world and universe. It helps us to see both simplicity and complexity and to marvel at both with equal delight. This energy can also be turned inward, helping us to see ourselves more accurately and to dispassionately observe where we need to make improvements and how to go about doing that. Diopside is an excellent talisman for scientists as well as for anyone interested in helping to heal and restore our planet.
Physical: Diopside is used by metaphysical healers to heal the physical heart and lungs. It is also used to help the body regenerate and revitalize after surgery, major trauma, or chronic illness. It is said to be particularly beneficial for smokers who are trying to quit, as well as anyone who suffers from the effects of second-hand smoke. Is is also said to be helpful for athletes, especially runners, and can soothe muscle pain and reduce muscle spasms.
Always use wisdom when considering crystal therapies for healing.
Ethically Sourced Diopside
The Miners sell to a rough Gem Dealer/Exporter.
The Exporter sells to a Lapidary.
The Lapidary sells directly to Moonrise Crystals.
Moonrise Crystals sells directly to you.
The Supply Chain
The Supply Chain is clean and relatively short.
The Mine and the Lapidary are located in different countries, with one middleman involved.
This Diopside was artisanally-mined in the Sakha Republic of Russia.
The exact deposit is unknown, but most likely caused only minor environmental damage
and had relatively safe conditions for workers.
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This Diopside was polished in Cape Town, South Africa.
The Lapidary is a family-owned business, founded by father and passed on to his sons.
Factory workers have safe conditions and are paid fairly.
The Lapidary is also the direct-importer & sells primarily at large gem shows.
Learn More: Ethical Lapidary
I have been doing business with this source since the earliest days in my business. They are a major tumbling company and have more varieties, in more sizes, than any other known source. The owners visit many small and industrial-size mines personally. For artisanal-mined deposits in sub-Sahara Africa, the owners work with Gem Dealers who deal directly with the part-time miners. The majority of these Gem Dealers are women.
Some, but not all, of their stones are labeled with country-of-origin. For those that aren’t, I have to ask the owners personally. They tend to get impatient with questions. As I’ve learned more about mining practices in individual countries, I have become increasingly selective about what I will purchase from them. However, they remain my preferred source for most of sub-Sahara Africa.
Diopside Tumbled Stone
Color: Green. This is a 100% natural stone, so minor variations are part of their unique beauty.
Size: 1 inch, or a little bit bigger
Weight: 1 oz
Shipping: Next business day – Domestic First Class averages 3-7 days. International First Class averages 2-3 weeks.
Safe Handling of Diopside
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