Archive for July 2017

Green Stones

Chrome Diopside Chrome Diopside has several origins, but most of the finest material, and the only commercially viable deposit, is in the Republic of Sakha in Siberia Russia.  Production is sporadic due to extreme winters that last more than eight months. The vivid green colors of chrome diopside are a welcome alternative to rare and…

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Moissanite

Moissanite, a man-made alternative to Diamond. Why Moissanite and what is the difference? Moissanite is a naturally occurring silicon carbide. It is a rare mineral, discovered by the French chemist Henri Moissan in 1893.  Henri Moissan discovered the substance while examining rock samples from a meteor crater in Arizona in 1893. At first, he mistakenly…

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