Known for its brilliance and flashy multicolor light otherwise called fire: Zircon is the birthstone for all those born in December. If one discerns closely, it is seen that the properties of Zircon are almost close enough to that of Diamonds. This led to centuries of confusion between the gems. Since World War I the most commonly seen variety of zircon – the blue, has appeared in jewelry.
Zircon comes in an array of beautiful rainbow colors. This stone has been marked as the favorite of many informed consumers and gem collectors due to its mesmerizing colors. The stone makes its appearance in a varied palette of yellow, green, red, reddish brown and blue hues.
History and Lore
In history, many people had heard of this charming gem but has never seen it. This was mainly due to the mistaken identity between Zircon which is double refractive, with another eminent stone Diamond. In the Middle Ages, this stone was verbalized to induce sleep, promote riches and drive away all spirits that were evil. Many scholars believe the stone’s name derives from Arabic word ‘zarkun’, meaning cinnabar or vermilion. While others believe the stone gets its name from the Persian word ‘zargun’ meaning gold colored. Considering zircon’s color range, either of the derivations seems compatible.
Zircon has been broadly described as zirconium silicate, containing trace amount of radioactive minerals such as hafnium, uranium and thorium. The stone is usually heat-treated which has two effects on the stone: (i) altering color to the colorless stone, (ii) the crustal lattice of metamict zircons is restored to high type of zircon.
While the highly dispersive and colorless stone are often used as diamond substitutes.
Clarity – Zircons are often eye clean, stones with noticeable inclusions are often valued less.
Cut – It is often cut in round and oval shapes simply because these shapes maximize the brilliance of the stone.
Carat weight – Zircon larger in size have a high chance of insufficiency in quality.
- Blue zircon was one amongst the favorite and widely popular during the Victorian Era.
- Gemologist George Kunz – Tiffany’s famed gem buyer – was a notable zircon advocate who proposed the name “starlite” that promoted the gem’s fiery nature. However, the name never caught on.
With its substantial healing properties like aggrandizing positive Aura, healing headaches and inducing sleep, this stone is one rare and sophisticated gemstone.
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