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This Months Birthstone

October Birthstone Opal

Chrome Diopside

Properties, Meanings, Powers & Uses

"The Analytical Stone"

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krōm dī-ˈäp-ˌsīd

Diopside is an empowering stone that helps to stimulate learning and understanding, to help one become better connected to the earth, and to bring love to oneself as well as other. Said to hold all the mysteries of the Universe many find that the green Chrome Diopside as a direct connection with Gia or Mother Earth as well as encouraging learning on many levels, specifically when entering educational situations, making a career change that requires learning new skills or in learning a new language; as it is said to assist in assimilating and retaining new information.

Scientific Properties

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Mohs Hardness of 5-6 with a Monoclinic; columnar crystal structure

Chrome Diopside discovered in 1988 in Siberia is a chromium-rich, transparent to translucent variety of calcium magnesium silicate. Chrome Diopside belongs within the pyroxene family of minerals, which makes it one of the more rare forms of Diopside.  It has also been sourced more recently from Pakistan as well as Russia and Italy.

Depending on the impurities, this Diopside may range in colors including black, violet blue, a light bright green (such as Peridot) to a medium dark green (as seen in an emerald). Generally with the green color, the larger the specimen the darker the green coloring which can eventually lead to it appearing almost black.

Metaphysical Properties

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Known as a creative stone, Diopside will help increase creative visualization, as well as refining one’s desired goals, which will manifest those goals in a quicker fashion.

It is said to be related not just to love and commitment but also to the deepest inner heart of hearts. To help one grasp their more feminine side, healing stubbornness and outward aggression, Diopside also brings about the true understanding of one’s dual nature, and how to best integrate the halves to make a complete and tranquil whole.

Believed to be helpful in healing emotional trauma by bringing about cleansing tears (which has given it to be called the “crying stone” in some circles). It has been known to help family members to cope when living with those who may be suffering from degenerative mental or physical disabilities; or those dealing with addictions.

It may also aid in the development of trust; in one’s self, and others. This often brings about assistance in living from the heart, and not just listening but to trust one’s inner instincts.

Learn more about the Color Teal!

Healing Properties

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Physically Diopside is known to facilitate great healing in many ways. It may work in the area of the heart and lungs by clearing energetic blockages allowing free flowing of positive energy. This in turn improves the circulatory system, helping the kidneys and respiratory system. This will then ease headaches and regulate blood pressure.

It is a wonderful stone to aid recovery and recuperation from most any illness, not only physically; but emotionally as well, with many psychological ailments or weaknesses. Diopside will aid in recovery from obsessive or addictive behaviors by allowing one to be more open to new ideas that may be of a healing nature. This comes from the releasing of stubbornness and other toxic emotions, and then trusting oneself and others.

Magical Properties

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Energy: Receptive
Element: Earth
Planet: Mercury
Candle Color: Silver

Green Diopside is by some to be considered the “dowser of knowledge” in that it will assist one in locating the information that they need as well as assimilating it.  Making it quite an invaluable stone when used on a quest; seeking specific information.

If you are attempting to find information at a library, bring the Green Diopside; a pendulum of the gem may help in spirit board readings as well as seeking information within your own collection of knowledge. Perhaps more importantly Diopside may aid in making the proper connection with the ‘right’ spiritual guides, teachers and mentors.

Although most often seen as a green gemstone it is sometimes found in a variety of other colors such as violet, teal, black and yellow.  The Blue-Green Diopside gems are known particularly for their ability to assist in making contact with the Faerie Kingdom.

Zodiac Properties

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Associations: Not Noted

Birthstone: Not a Traditional Birthstone for any month

Zodiac Stone of: Gemini and Virgo

Chakra Properties

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Primarily Green Diopside is connected with the 4th, Heart Chakra; allowing one to become open to the idea of Universal Love, integrating it into one’s life with trust in oneself and others.

Information Sources:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall, 2003
Love Is In The Earth by Melody, 1997
Wheels of Life
by Anodea Judith, PhD, 2000
Crystal Enchantments by D.J. Conway, 1999
Smithsonian Handbooks Gemstones
by Cally Hall, 1994
Crystal, Gem and Metal Magic by Scott Cunningham, 2002
Chakra Healing & Karmic Awareness by Keith Sherwood, 2005
Jewelry & Gems for Self-Discovery by Shakti Carola Navran, 2008
The Illustrated Directory of Crystal Healing by Cassandra Eason, 2003
Gemstone Energy Medicine Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Michael Katz, 2005
Healing Crystals and Gemstones
by Dr. Flora Peschek-Bohmer, Gisela Schrieber, 2002
Personal Experience and Personal Accounts of Others In the Metaphysical Field of Work

The information here is presented to you to use as you see fit, but is not to take the place of professional medical advice. Crystals, Gemstones and Metal can accent, help, negate, protect, encourage, strengthen, and balance and thereby promote healing. Their effects can be extraordinary, but use in addition to medical advice, and not as a substitute for proper care. If you are ill, we beseech you to seek professional medical attention from a qualified physician.

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