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Zircon

Zircon gemstones are famous for their outstanding sparkle, bright colors and excellent clarity. They have been used as a diamond substitute for centuries but they are so much more than an inexpensive imitation.

The fire and luster of zircons can help to create some striking jewelry items that will really stand out from the crowd.

Zircon Colors

Zircons can be found in a wide array of colors. Its name has origins in the Persian word 'zargun' meaning golden and there are many gorgeous orange, gold and red examples available although it is the white or blue gemstones that are the most popular.

Well cut zircon gemstones can appear to change color quite dramatically when viewed from different angles in an unusual phenomenon known as pleochroism.

Read more about gemstone colors here

Zircon Species

Zircon is found all over the world but are usually just tiny crystals trapped within rocks or mixed among the sand and gravel found in river beds. Only rarely are the crystals large enough to be used as gemstones.

Trace impurities within the zircon's crystals create the colors and this has led to a few different varieties to emerge – the yellow Canary Zircon or the brown Chocolate Zircon for example. Other times, the source of the zircon can be used, like the blue Ratanakari Zircon found in Cambodia or the orange Mashewa Zircon of Tanzania.

What are the spiritual benefits of Zircon?

Zircon crystals have been dated back 4.5 billion years making them almost as old as Earth itself and creating a unique spirituality that is not found in other gemstones.

Over the centuries, Zircon has built up a reputation for aiding sleep, bringing prosperity and helping to deal with feelings of loss.

Other virtues of this gemstone include:

  • Passion for Life
  • Meditation Aid
  • Relationships and Connection
  • Warding off nightmares

See our detailed article on gemstone meanings

Zircon and the Chakras

Zircons can come in a variety of colors meaning they can help unblock or realign several Chakras depending on the color of the stone and the color of the Chakra.

The golden brown and orange zircons are more often completely natural and will resonate strongly with the Root and Sacral Chakras.

Find more details on Chakra gemstones here

Zircon Price

The main influence on the price of a zircon will always be its color.

Blue zircon gemstones are by far the most popular color and therefore tend to reach the highest prices although they are not expensive unless they come in large carat sizes well over 5 carats.

White zircons have been used as a less expensive alternative to diamonds – even though they are actually rarer than diamonds.

Zircons are well known for their excellent clarity and sparkle. On top of that, the color of the stone will be a matter of personal preference but the golden brown and orange stones are beautiful and very reasonably priced.

Carat Weight

Zircons are not commonly a very large gemstone with stones of any color larger than 5 carats being quite rare and most being around a carat or two in weight.

Zircons are very dense stones so be aware that they may look smaller than other gemstones of the same carat weight. For example, Zircon is roughly 50% denser than a diamond - if the diamond weighs 1 carat, the same size zircon will weigh about 1.5 carats.

Small blue zircons of between one and two carats can be $15 to $50 dollars per carat while larger stones over 5 carats of good quality can fetch up $350 per carat.

Fine white zircons are very good value with even large gemstones only $40 - $80 per carat.

The lovely orange, brown, gold and red stones range from $15 per carat for smaller gems all the way to $400 per carat for large brightly colored examples.

Treatments

Zircons in colors such as golden brown, burnt orange and pinkish red tend to be completely untreated.

However some of the bright blue or which are very popular receive heat treatment to enhance the color. Similarly, clear white stones can be heated to remove all color.

Any treatments are clearly and fully disclosed on our product pages.

Zircon History

Zircons have been traced back 4.5 billion years to the beginning of earth itself but more recent theories have suggested that they were created when meteors crashed into our planet as it was forming.

As a gemstone, Zircon has a cloudy history.

It was named zircon in the late 1700 but has had names such as lyncuron, zargun, hyacinth, jargon in ancient history. It is difficult to pin down exactly which stone was which from the days before sophisticated scientists could identify minerals precisely.

Where are Zircons found?

The best known sources of Zircon have traditionally been Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma) and Sri Lanka but Australia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar are now also producing great gemstones.

What jewelry is Zircon suitable for?

Zircons have a rating of 7 to 7.5 on Mohs hardness scale which makes them strong enough for all types of jewelry items, including daily wear pieces.

To emphasize their famous sparkle and fire, zircons are usually cut into ovals or rounds with brilliant or step cuts that can make dazzling jewelry pieces.

Birthstones and Anniversaries

Zircon is a birthstone of December and would make an ideal gift for anyone who has a birthday in that month.

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