What is Russian Diopside?

Just like the rich green foliage in the garden comes Russian diopside, a symbol of a fresh start on life and positive energy. Also known as chrome diopside, this beautiful gemstone is known for its rich green color, vitreous luster and high clarity, which is rarely found in other green gems.

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Derived from the Greek word 'di' meaning two, and 'opsis', meaning vision, Russian diopside is a chromium-laden form of diopside. Discovered in 1988, this attractive beauty has grown in popularity since then due to its striking resemblance to emerald and tsavorite garnet.

Despite its unmatchable beauty, Russian diopside is quite affordable which makes it an easy jewelry piece to own!


Determining Russian Diopside Value

Is Russian diopside valuable? The value of colored stones is typically determined by a combination of its color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. This is no different when determining what Russian diopside is worth. These guidelines will help you choose Russian diopside for your collection.

  • Russian Diopside Color

Russian diopside boasts a mesmerizing deep-green color due to the trace elements of chromium. It occurs in breathtaking shades of greens ranging from medium dark vivid-green to bluish-green and yellowish- green that encapsulate the natural charm of its source country.

The value of this attractive stone depends mostly on the color saturation. Gemstones with vivid and brilliant green color are considered the most valuable and command a higher price in today’s market.

  • Russian Diopside Clarity

As a Type II gemstone, you can expect to see inclusions in Russian diopside. They’re mostly transparent to opaque with internal features such as black needle-like inclusions, liquid inclusions, and metallic crystals.

Russian diopside with high clarity and good transparency are considered the best quality specimens than the included ones. However, some opaque stones are also considered valuable because they exhibit a unique cat’s eye effect known as ‘chatoyancy.’

  • Russian Diopside Cut

Russian diopside can be easily cut in different shapes. Some common shapes are emerald, octagon, cushion, oval and round cut. Fancy faceted shapes such as hearts, pears, and trillions are also found but are comparatively rare and valuable. Fine-cutting enhances the value of Russian diopside significantly by adding brilliance and scintillation.

A well-cut piece of Russian diopside is a beautiful sight to behold!

  • Russian Diopside Carat

The better the cut, color, and clarity of the stone, the higher the value. Russian diopside gemstones are mostly found in sizes of approximately two carats. Any faceted stone over two carats with a rich medium to dark green color is difficult to acquire and commands a premium price.

Russian diopside stone is more affordable than other green colored gemstones and a good option to own bespoke jewelry.

Russian Diopside Treatment

Russian diopside is neither treated nor enhanced in any way. They’re naturally lovely untreated stones!

Caring for Russian Diopside

Russian diopside has a hardness of 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs scale with a brittle tenacity and good cleavage. Therefore, Russian diopside gem and jewelry should be worn with some caution!

Wash your Russian diopside pieces in a solution of mild dish soap and lukewarm water using a soft cloth or brush to remove dust, fingerprints and other grime. Avoid the use of harsh household chemicals and prolonged exposure to extreme heat when cleaning Russian diopside gemstones. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are not recommended for this gem. The best practice is to remove gemstone jewelry before undertaking any chore.

Store these attractive green-colored gems in soft pouches or fabric-lined jewelry box to prevent damage or scratches.

Who Can Wear Russian Diopside?

Russian Diopside is a beautiful and high vibration stone that enhances the power of love, trust, humility, and commitment. This green gemstone offers guidance and bolsters the confidence of the wearer.

With vibrant green-hues, Russian diopside gems and jewelry go great with any outfit, day or night. They look great alongside most metal tones but are predominately paired with gold or silver hues. It can be worn in many forms such as earrings, pendants, necklaces, brooches, and pins. However, a Russian diopside ring should be limited to occasional wear with protective-style settings.

How Does Russian Diopside Compare to Other Green Stones?

Russian diopside has gained popularity in today’s market due to its striking similarity to emerald, tsavorite garnet, and chrome tourmaline. The natural greens of Russian diopside sparkle more than emerald and are perfectly offset when mounted into jewelry. Despite being an exceptionally beautiful natural gemstone, chrome diopside is one of the most affordable gemstones that have an intense forest-green color which rivals that of more expensive tsavorite and green chrome tourmaline.

Where Does Russian Diopside Come From?

Chrome diopside occurs in many places in the world, including Russia, Pakistan, South Africa, Austria, Brazil, Italy, North America, Sri Lanka, and Finland. Shop LC sources the finest quality of Russian diopside from Inagli in the Republic of Sakha of Eastern Siberia, Russia.

In Siberia, there isn't much green to admire for most of the year. Inagli, the remote mine locality is squarely placed amid the harsh, rugged terrain of this land. Perhaps in compensation, nature has placed rich deposits of a vivid green Russian diopside in this snowy region to delight the eye during the long and hard winter months. Due to the unforgiving climate, the production of Russian diopside can only be mined for a portion of the year.

With beautiful and attractive green color, exotic sourcing, untreated nature, and comparatively affordable price, Russian diopside is gradually making its way into the mainstream jewelry market in China. As consumers are becoming more aware of this colored gemstone, it is highly possible that its niche in the rapidly developing Chinese market will grow.

How is Russian Diopside Mined?

Extracted in the harsh climate afflicted by the sub-arctic climate, the mining of Russian diopside is very periodic. From July through August the weather is mild enough, and the land soft enough, for diggers to excavate the green stone from the bland, cold earth. A variety of methods are used in mining Russian diopside. The rough material is quarried by hand, through open pits using tools such as jackhammers to break up the tough, unyielding ground.

Russian diopside has two planes of cleavage, making it a very difficult stone to cut. Special cutting expertise is required to cut the larger stone to keep the facet angles shallow to improve brilliance. It is best to cut the diopside stones in shapes with rounded corners such as oval or round. Due to this, and the need for high-quality gems, only about 10-percent of the rough material is transformed into a polished gemstone.

Russian Diopside Properties

What Does Russian Diopside Mean?

According to legends, Russian diopside is a highly transformative crystal that enhances the wearer’s creative visualization and intellectual pursuits. It is the best charm for the career advancement and prosperity.

Modern gem therapists attribute Russian diopside with many healing properties. The green color of the stone is believed to re-energize, heal, cleanse and balance the entire chakra system of the wearer. It is ideal for treating headaches, the circulatory system, regulating blood pressure, and helping the wearer in post-illness recovery.

Disclaimer: The information presented is for information purposes only, and should not replace the advice of a trained medical professional.

Is Russian Diopside a Birthstone?

Russian diopside is not recognized as an official modern birthstone. However, if you adore the rich green color of emerald, then consider this worthy alternative to emerald as a May birthstone. Green crystals bring renewal, love, and success in new ventures.

Russian Diopside Facts

  • Russian diopside ranks 5.5-6 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
  • This variety of diopside is known for vibrant emerald green color.
  • Shop LC sources our supply of Russian diopside from the Siberia region of Russia.
  • Russian diopside is a natural stone and not treated or enhanced in any way.
  • Russian diopside is also referred to as chrome diopside or Russian emerald.