Chrome Diopside 7 mm Round Cut Gem Weighs 1.40 Cts-SUPERB Saturation & Clarity-AAA+ Grade ALL Natural Gem-For Jewelry-Emerald Alternative
Chrome diopside is a relatively new gemstone to world markets. It wasn't until "The Wall" fell in 1989 that this material was introduced to the Western world. Many people still have not heard of chrome diopside but it is really starting to catch on now. Produced in only one place on the planet (Siberia), the material can only be mined about 2 months out of the year due to the harsh weather conditions in Siberia the rest of the year. For 9-10 months out of the year, this region of the world is buried in nearly a hundred feet of solid permafrost making it impossible to get to until the short Spring/Summer thaw. Additionally, it takes several tons of rough chrome diopside material to get a few hundred carats of material that is of adequate quality to fashion jewelry out of. So you can say that chrome diopside is a pretty rare and exotic gemstone, much much rarer than diamonds.
With its absolutely stunning deep forest green color, relative lack of inclusions and the fact that it is 100 percent ALL NATURAL (no treatments or enhancements whatsoever not even heating), chrome diopside is quickly becoming a "must have" gemstone not only in the high fashion elite but in most countries inside of women's jewelry boxes around the world. It has been used as an emerald alternative or emerald replacement however, the color green of chrome diopside is so unique that most people can immediately identify that it is not emerald. There is no other gemstone in the world with this particular unique "kelly" green color.
With the demand for chrome diopside increasing dramatically over the last few years, the supply just cannot keep up with the need and the prices are skyrocketing. Just recently, a geochemist has worked out the chemical formula for chrome diopside and has come up with a method of producing it the lab. Usually gemstones whose supply cannot keep up with the demand, is when scientists go into the lab and try to reproduce the material. Unfortunately, this is not good because the person owning the patent on it can set the price of the lab created material, which in itself will cause the prices of natural chrome diopside to soar. The only good thing about it is that it will introduce the gemstone to more people making them aware of the natural gemstone and its absolute beauty. Either way, the end result is that the price of natural chrome diopside will rise. This same economic pattern holds true with any natural gemstone when a lab created/man made product is introduced into the gemstone market. It has been that way throughout the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. We have seen it occur with several forms of tourmaline, certain sapphires, tanzanite and Russian demantoid garnet just to name a few.
This particular gemstone has been cut and faceted into an absolutely stunning brilliant round shape.
With its near perfect clarity (VVS-1), the deep color green that just explodes when light strikes it and the quality of the cut (it was obviously cut by an expert lapidary), this gemstone would make a gorgeous ring, pendant, brooch or other form of jewelry. It would also make a nice addition to your personal gemstone collection.
The stone measures 7 mm in diameter and weighs 1.40 carats which is a relatively large size for this particular gemstone material.
The majority of chrome diopside is in the small size range because the same element within the gemstone that imparts its unique green color is also a crystal growth inhibitor which stunts the growth of the crystals dramatically thus limiting their size. Although there are larger sizes, mainly found in Natural History museums and private collections, the majority of chrome diopside stones on the market are in the 1-2 carat or less range.
There aren't very many choices in the gemstone market when it comes to green gemstones and the addition of chrome diopside is quickly changing that as the word gets out about the unusual and natural beauty of this Siberian gemstone. Personally, I think in some ways that chrome diopside is prettier than most emeralds, peridot and tourmaline and currently it is much less expensive than the finest quality green gemstones but that is not going to last. Chrome diopside is really giving the emerald business a real run for its money. The price per carat of chrome diopside has already increased dramatically since the announcement of the patent pending on the lab created material.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. You can also read some of the feedback left by my customers who have purchased chrome diopside gemstones from me. They have all been very happy with the quality of the material they bought. All of my chrome diopside is from the same batch/lot which I purchased several years ago in a bulk quantity so everything I sell in my etsy shop has the same clarity and quality and is the finest material available on the gemstone markets.
Thank you kindly for visiting my shop on etsy.
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My shipping rates are a flat fee of 4.50 for the first item and 0.99 for each additional item in the same order. This covers all the costs of envelopes, packaging material, handling fees and trips to the post office. Unfortunately, the USPS has raised their rates on ALL domestic and international packages by over 35 percent as of Thursday, January 31, 2018. I sincerely apologize for the shipping rate increase but is beyond my control.
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All items purchased from my shop carry a 30 day warranty. Any item found to be damaged within 30 days of original receipt date will either be replaced (if possible) or a refund given for the full purchase price including shipping costs.
PLEASE NOTE: Items that are deemed to be damaged by improper handling or cleaning on the part of the purchaser are not covered under this warranty.
It is highly advised that you inspect your gemstone or jewelry piece very carefully immediately upon receipt because after the thirty day warranty period expires from the original receipt date, I cannot issue any refunds or exchanges for any purchase of any kind. This is in part due to the large number of attempted scams that force me to strictly adhere to this policy.
I have included some tips and pointers below to aid you in taking better care of your merchandise and specific cleaning techniques to help minimize potential damage occurring to your jewelry or gems.
Many of my gemstone jewelry items can be fragile if not protected from knocks and bumps due to their hardness scores on the Moh's scale. Care must be taken by the buyer to protect against damage especially rings as they are the type of jewelry most susceptible to damage and softer, more brittle gemstones, for example, opals and gemstones with lower Moh's numbers.
Care must also be taken when cleaning certain gemstones. Never use ANY harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaning on ANY items purchased from my shop. Using plain mild soap and warm water with an ultra soft toothbrush is the best cleaning method. This will help avoid damage to the gemstones used in creating some of my jewelry items and the gemstones themselves.
If you have any additional questions on how to take care of and protect your specific gemstone or jewelry piece, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be more than happy to share my knowledge with you.
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