Diopside is a Calcium Magnesium Silicate that belongs to the pyroxene group of minerals. Diopside is an important rock forming mineral in igneous rocks, it also can be found in meteorites.
Diopside has several varieties, including a chromium-rich gem variety called chrome diopside. Violan is a rare blue variety found in some localities in Italy.
There is a green "cat's eye" variety that contains minute inclusions, probably of rutile.
There is a dark variety, with included rutile needles aligned so as to produce a 4-rayed star, hence the name star diopside.
Diopside can be found in USA, Russia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Myanmar, Madagascar, South Africa and Finland.
It is named after Greek word for "double appearance" because of its crystal shape.
Diopside is typically white, blue, bright and pale green to yellowish or greenish brown with a vitreous luster. The crystals are transparent to translucent and occur as short prismatic crystals. This crystal can also appear as compact, granular, columnar and massive shapes.
Mineral specimens of diopside can be very striking in appearance, and of interest to mineral collectors. Some specimens have been known to fluoresce.
DIOPSIDE and physical health
Diopside enhances recovery from surgery, trauma or severe illness. This stone supports the cellular memory, physical weakness, acid and alkaline balance and hormonal balance. It is beneficial for inflammation, muscular aches and spasm, stress, the kidneys and the heart.
Black dipside is useful for support during terminal illness or chronic conditions
Diopside tones and enhances the healing of the heart, lungs and arteries
This stone benefits the enhancement and healing of the circulatory system and aids in elimination of toxins from the body.
Diopside improves blood circulation through the body, it can correct and lower high blood pressure. It will reduce the effect of fever and body aches and pains.
Diopside is an excellent stone for general healing. The green stone works on physical healing, particularly where regeneration is needed; such as after surgery or in healing from physical trauma. It is ideal to use on the heart to assist in healing from heart attack or other physical heart issues. It can be valuable in regenerating the lungs, particularly after damage from smoking or inhalation of poisons. Emphysema and asthma can also be helped.
The black/brown variety of diopside can be used where serious illness or terminal conditions create weakness in the physical body. These can help you in having more physical energy during healing.
DIOPSIDE and your feelings
Diopside teaches you the value of trust and forgiveness. It will assist you in reconciling with anyone or anything that has hurt you in the past by gently pushing you toward making the initial move.
If you have always felt that you lacked something, but were not necessarily sure what it was, diopside gently assists you to let go the need and be aware of your gifts.
If you feel overburdened or overwhelmed by the problems of life, it teaches you how to live life with appreciation and joy.
Diopside promotes and enhances your the ability to feel and honour your real thoughts, emotions and feelings. This stone opens the heart and mind to others by promoting compassion for the suffering of others and yourself ,
Diopside is useful as a calmative especially to animals, pets, small children and the elderly.
Dipside is beneficial for those who cannot show grief as it shows you that there is nothing wrong in expressing your feelings and letting go.
Diopside increases feelings of compassion by opening your heart to the suffering of others. Diopside assist you in understanding that you have gifts to share with the world and it helps you find them.
Diopside is soothing to the emotions, helping you feel more centred and aligned with the Divine. It is excellent for relaxation, stress relief and finding your emotional centre. It brings emotional renewal and helps you put your problems into perspective.
IMAGES OF DIOPSIDE
DIOPSIDE and the mind
Diopside is helpful for academic study as it stimulates your intellectual faculties.
This stone will aid authors who through outside or internal circumstances suddenly have writers block as it will open you to new plans and ideas. It can also help with analysis of situations and feelings bringing logic and understanding.
Diopside is also said to be related to love, commitment, and the inner heart.
It is traditionally said to be helpful for healing trauma, partly by bringing cleansing tears.
This stone opens the higher intuition and higher mental body level. It aids in the ability to honour your intuition and follow its directions. With diopside you will be able to feel and honour your real thoughts, emotions and feelings.
Diopside opens the heart and mind to others by enhancing compassion for the suffering of others and yourself.
DIOPSIDE and the spirit
Diopside encourages and enhances your ability to rethink plans and goals.
It aids in making connections to your spiritual teachers and guides.
Diopside invigorates the the spirit with a heightened sense of love and commitment. When used in meditation this stone, it will increase your awareness of the love of the Divine.
By teaching humility and assisting in honouring what you really feel this stone supports you in following your intuition and enhances your ability to sense the feelings of those around you. Diopside facilitates communion with Gaia and communication with all her levels of consciousness and physical manifestations - plants, animals and minerals. It allows you to understand your role in the greater planetary organism, and to take more responsibility. It can help in linking with the faerie realm, the devic realm and the realms of the nature spirits.
diopside harmonises well with....
diopside and the chakras
CRYSTALS A - C
CRYSTALS D - F
CRYSTALS G - I
CRYSTALS J - L
CRYSTALS M - O
CRYSTALS P - R
CRYSTALS S - U
CRYSTALS V - Z