is not a very well-known gemstone, but it is one of the most important gemstones of today. Many people confuse zircon with the artificial diamond simulant, cubic zirconia. Of course, the two are completely different - cubic zirconia (CZ), is a lab-created synthetic material, while zircon is a naturally occurring gemstone with a very different chemical composition. However, before the introduction of diamond simulants like cubic zirconia and moissanite, white zircon was actually one of the most popular diamond substitutes, owing to its high dispersion and refractive index, and was often marketed under the misleading trade name of 'Matura diamond'. Zircon is also remarkably dense and exhibits a very pronounced level of birefringence. Zircon has such high birefringence that it may appear fuzzy or display facet-doubling.

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Zircon Gemstone Properties

Color: Various

Hardness: 6.5 - 7.5

Specific Gravity: 3.93 to 4.73

Refractive index: 1.810 to 2.024

Zircon Color & Occurence

Zircon in its purest form is completely colorless (white), but owing to trace impurities, it can occur in a wide range of interesting colors, including yellow, orange, red, green, blue, violet, brown and combinations in between. Yellow-brown to orange and red zircon are the most common occurrences, along with colorless. Blue is the most popular, but its color is obtained through the heating of brown zircon, usually from Cambodia and Burma. Due to pleochroism, blue zircon can look greenish from certain angles. Medium dark, pure blue stones have the most value. Green zircon is very rare and typically very expensive.

Most zircon deposits are alluvial. Sri Lanka is the best known source for green metamict 'low' zircon. Specimens are also found in Burma (Myanmar), and may possibly exist in other well-known zircon deposits in Cambodia. Most zircon deposits come from Burma, though Australia boasts the oldest deposits dating back more over 4.4 billion years. Other notable sources include Brazil, Korea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.

Healing Power of Zircon

Zircon is an official birthstone for those who are born in December. It has been treasured since the Middle Ages and times of antiquity, although typically under various other historical names, such as jacinth and hyacinth. The name 'zircon' is thought to be derived from the Persian word "zargun" which means "gold-colored". Hindu poets wrote of the "kalpa tree", the ultimate gift to the gods, which was a glowing tree covered with gemstone fruit with leaves of zircon.

Mystical Power in Zircon

In the middle ages, zircon was said to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and promote honor and wisdom in its owner. Since ancient times, it has been believed that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. Zircon is assigned to the planet Pluto. Zircon is said to be of help for varicose veins, blisters and testicle problems.

We Export Zircon Worldwide

Lodha Gems is a gemstone shop in India (India), we have natural Zircon in stock which are certified, our Zircon are procured directly from mines and our natural Zircon are free from any treatment, if you want to buy Zircon then feel free to contact us at +91 94335 46997, we ship worldwide.