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Topic: Ice and Oz: Chrome Diopside and Quartz Crystal Dangle Earrings  (Read 634 times)
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« on: June 28, 2011 09:05:02 AM »

Though I’m still out on unpaid medical leave and will be for some time now, it seems like there are just never enough hours in the day! I keep wanting to make new pieces but just run out of time and before I know it a week or more has gone by. But I finally got a new pair of earrings finished and wanted to show them off.


I started these stunning earrings with flawless, AA-grade Crystal Quartz in a 10mm onion shaped briolette. It’s faceted and clear as ice. Then I strung one of my all-time favorite gemstones, Chrome Diopside, on ball-tipped sterling silver headpins and made a cluster on top of the quartz. Above that are two white topaz faceted rondelles to finish out the earrings. They are finished with .925 sterling silver leverbacks.

Chrome Diopside isn’t as well known as other gemstones and though it has an ugly name, it’s one of the most stunning gems you’ll ever find. The color is so rich, so deep and so intense it just doesn’t seem real. But this is an all natural, untreated gemstone and the amazing vibrancy of the green paired with the cool icy perfection of the quartz makes for a really stunning look.


Chrome Diopside is also called “Siberian Emerald” because of it’s rich, amazing green. Many people say Chrome Diopside is what Emerald wishes it could be when it grows up! The name Diopside is derived from the Greek word ‘di’ meaning two, and ‘opsis’, meaning vision. Diopside is believed to be a creative stone, increasing creative visualization and helping to manifest desired goals. Found only in remote Siberia, it can only be mined three months of the year making it a rare and valuable gemstone.

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2011 10:00:24 AM »

It's a very vivid stone and the clear quartz sets them off nicely.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011 10:48:31 AM »

It's a very vivid stone and the clear quartz sets them off nicely.
Thanks! Yeah Chrome Diopside is such an intense stone you need something to go with it that won't try to compete. Wink
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