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Nature of Material: diopside (dye-OF-side) is a mineral species; monoclinic crystal system; chemical composition CaMgSi2O2

Appearance: transparent to opaque bluish green to yellowish green, brown, black; rarely blue to violet, or colorless to white.

Phenomena: asterism (usually 4-rayed, may be 6), chatoyancy
Variety and Trade Names
Star diopside - dark green to black with asterism cat's-eye
Diopside - dark green with chatoyancy

Indian star sapphire, star enstatite , star of India
Typical Size Range: 1 to 10 ct; phenomenal stones exceeding 100 ct exist
Typical Cutting Styles: faceted, cabochons
Optic Character: DR, biaxial positive; AGG
Refractive Index: 1.675-1.701 (+.029, -.010), spot reading usually around 1:68
Birefringence: .024 to .030
Pleochroism: weak to strong, light and dark green

Ultraviolet Fluorescence
Green -
green (LW), inert (SW)
Specific Gravity: 3.29 (+ .11, -.07)
Polish Luster: vitreous to resinous
Fracture: conchoidal to uneven
Luster: vitreous to resinous
Cleavage: perfect in two directions

Identifying Characteristics 
star - usually 4 rays
Hardness: 5½ to 6
Toughness: poor

Availability: limited
Public Recognition: unfamiliar
Major Sources: Burma, India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar. Others: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, US, USSR
Recommended Disclosures: Avoid rough handling.
The Meaning Of Star Diopside

Star diopside the stone for Heart center

All type of diopside stones are mentioned together because they have identical properties. Clear, deep green. Deep healing and expansion of heart center, love, commitment, trust humbleness, heart, lungs. Both benefit the circulatory system and cleansing organs. Mental clarity results from healing layouts that include Enstatite and/or Diopside. Diopside is recommended for public speakers, students, and surgeons. Star Diopside is said to link one with the mind of nature and the inner blueprint of the Self. Healing Properties Diopside, in gem quality, is usually either a Star or Cat's Eye Diopside in the black or dark brown or a spectacularly vivid emerald green in the Chrome Diopside variety.

Mystical Properties:The darker varieties are considered grounding gemstones as they are associated with the 1st Chakra, the Chakra governing fear, primal urges for survival, sexual function and all elimination. Therefore said to soothe fears at a very deep level. The star/eye varieties are sometimes said to be gateways for spirits to see into our world and our hearts. Sometimes said to be the dwelling places of these spirits as well. Mentioned as improving intellect, mathematical and analytical abilities and bringing practicality to these applications. The dark varieties are thought important for the 1st Chakra, while the bright green Chrome Diopside is considered excellent for the Heart Chakra (4th Chakra) and thought to improve one's ability to trust.

Healing Properties: Colon problems such as Crohn's disease, colitis, ulcers, and diverticulosis. Muscle spasms.


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