Crystal Structure: Monoclinic
Calcium magnesium silicate
Black star diopside is generally a blackish or blackish green color;rarely a definite green. It is, of course, cut into round or oval cabochons which are generally biconvex with a roughly shaped, unpolished base. The star characteristically has a fore rays, two of which are straight, while the other two, not at right angles to the first pair, look slightly wavy (the crystal does not, in fact, have fourfold symmetry). Sometimes, oriented acicular (need like) surface crystalline inclusions are clearly visible, especially from below.
DISTINCTIVE FEATURES: Star diopside has only binary symmetry, and the star has four rays, rather than six like other star stones. When the gem contains conspicuous need like crystals (of magnetite) it is easily attracted by a magnet.
OCCURRENCE: Star diopside comes mainly from India. Hence the name Black Star of India.
ANCIENT HEALING PROPERTIES: Brings necessary tears, heals trauma, aids regression, crying stone
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- BANDED ORANGE AGATE
- BLACK STAR DIOPSIDE
- BLUE CHALCEDONY
- FIRE AGATE
- GIBEON METEORITES
- HOLLY BLUE AGATE
- DRUSY CRYSTAL
- LAVENDER JASPER
- MEXICAN OPAL IN MATRIX
- OCEAN JASPER
- PINK TOURMALINE CABS
- VIRGINIA STONES
This image represents the black star diopsides on this page. All are black and have a good asterism (star).
ROUND BLACK STAR DIOPSIDE
Note: Star diopside is only 5.5 in hardness. I wouldn't use it for a ring stone unless your careful in how you wear the ring. Works best for earrings, pendants or even a bracelet or brooch.
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