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Appearance, Uses and History
Diopside is a common mineral often found in igneous and metamorphic rocks around the world.
It sometimes occurs around Diamonds and is often used for ‘trail to lode’ prospecting as a method to discover Diamond deposits.
It is also used as a gemstone in high quality grades – cut en cabochon or faceted for jewellery use. Grainy or granular pieces are often polished or tumbled.
Diopside is found all around the world, with excellent sources in Afghanistan, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Tanzania, and the USA.
- Chrome Diopside is a very popular rich green variation, found in Russia and often faceted for jewellery usage.
- Black Star Diopside is a form of Diopside showing asterism, an optical effect causing a four pointed star.
Photos of Diopside
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
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