Alternative Names: None

Mineral Information

Origin: Russia

Mineral Species: Diopside, Pyroxene Family

Mineral Group: Silicates

Chemical Formula: CaMg(Si2O6)

Hardness: 5.5-6.5

Crystal System: Monoclinic

Colour: White, pale to dark green, violet blue, brown to black

Typical Appearance: Usually as crystalline masses, rarely as prismatic crystals with a square cross-section.

Esoteric Information

Birthstone: Virgo

Chakra Alignment: All, Particularly Third Eye, Crown and Upper Crown

Element: None

Origin of Name & Mythology: From the Greek for "double" and "appearance," in allusion to two possible orientations of the prism zone.

Additional Information

Diopside is protecting, but not necessarily grounding, and is a very important stone in meditation, Shamanic journeying and trance work, as it can induce a trance or meditative state almost immediately, while keeping one safe. In trance work, it can give you the confidence to step back and allow your Guide to enter. It is not particularly useful in physical or emotional healing, but in some systems is used to prevent muscular spasms in athletes.

Chromian Diopside

Colour: Emerald to dark green

Chromian Diopside is balancing, calming as well as mood-lifting, and allows one to experience love while retaining a sense of detachment. It aids the immune system, and strengthens and opens the heart on both a physical and emotional level. It can be used to facilitate meditation. Physically, it can act as a pain reliever, help repair damage to tendons and ligaments, and calm IBS.