McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams

Home » Minerals » Diopside

Diopside


Mineral Properties and Uses



Physical Properties of Diopside

Chemical Classification silicate
Color grayish white to light green
Streak white to light green
Luster vitreous
Diaphaneity transparent to translucent
Cleavage imperfect, prismatic
Mohs Hardness 5.5 to 6
Specific Gravity 3.2 to 3.6
Diagnostic Properties cleavage
Chemical Composition MgCaSi2O6
Crystal System monoclinic
Uses gemstone


Diopside gemstone
The chrome green diopside gemstone is from Russia. This gem is approximately 1.2 carats and 7 millimeters by 5 millimeters.




Find it on Geology.com




More from Geology.com


Ruby and Sapphire
Ruby and Sapphire are the 2nd and 3rd most popular colored stones in the United States.
jet
Jet is a black organic gem material that forms from well-preserved woody material.
zoisite
Zoisite is a diverse gem. Tanzanite, thulite and anyolite are three of its gem varieties.
Turquoise
Turquoise - A blue to bluish-green gem material that has been used for over 6000 years.
Diamonds
Diamonds: Learn about the properties of diamond, its many uses and diamond discoveries.
azurmalachite
Azurmalachite is a mixture of malachite and azurite. It can be a beautiful blue and green gem.
Geologist Tools
Geologist Tools: Visit our store for a large selection of field and laboratory tools.
volcanic explosivity index
Volcanic Explosivity: Learn about some of the most explosive volcanic eruptions.


Diopside
Pyroxene, a variety of diopside from Bird Creek, Quebec, Canada. This specimen is approximately 4 inches (10 centimeters) across.




Diopside cabochon
A star diopside cabochon. This cabochon is approximately 8 millimeters.


More Minerals
  Minerals
  Fluorescent Minerals
  Quartz
  Mineral Identification Chart
  Rhodonite
  Diamond
  Find Minerals and Gems
  Mohs Hardness Scale




© 2005-2015 Geology.com. All Rights Reserved.
Images, code and content of this website are property of Geology.com. Use without permission is prohibited. Pages on this site are protected by Copyscape.