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Diopside

Grossular Diopside. Photo Courtesy of Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0

Gemological Information for Diopside

  
Color:Bluish Green to Yellowish Green, Brown, Black
Crystal Structure:Monoclinic
Refractive Index:1.729 - 1.768
Durability:Poor
Hardness:5.5 to 6
Family:
Similar Stones:Peridot, Dioptase, Enstatite, Kornerupine, Zoisite
Treatments:None Known at this Time
Country of Origin:Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Republic of Madagascar, India.

Diopside Care

  
Ultrasonic Cleaning:RIsky
Steam Cleaning:Never
Warm Soapy Water:Safe
Chemical Attack:Attacked by Hydrofluoric Acid
Light Sensitivity:Stable
Heat Sensitivity:Fuses with Heat