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Birthstone : December
Color : Champagne
Product Name : Natural Zircon
Quantity : 1
Weight : 3.75 Ct.
Dimension : 9.35 X 7.9 X 5 mm.
Shape/Cut : Oval / Fancy
Hardness : 7.5
Specific Gravity : 3.93–4.73
Refractive Index : 1.81–2.02; Uniaxial (+)
Crystal System : Tetragonal
Sources : Africa
Enhancements : UnHeated
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Zircon’s name is either derived from the Arabic word zarkun, meaning red, or a combination of the ancient Persian words zar, meaning gold and gun, meaning color. Despite this name, zircon actually occurs in a myriad of colors.

Zircon’s brilliant luster, fire and bright hues makes it an enjoyable addition to any jewelry collection.

Legends and lore
Zircon has been found in some of the most ancient archaeological sites. It has appeared in literature and the gem trade under a variety of names including jargon (yellow zircon), jacinth (red zircon), Matura diamond (white zircon), starlite (blue zircon), hyacinth (blue, yellow and red zircon) and ligure.
Zircon is first mentioned in the ancient Indian tale of the Kalpa tree. Described by Hindu poets as the ultimate gift to the gods, it was a bright glowing tree with bejeweled leaves of zircon.

The gemstone of fiery starlight, Jewish legends say that zircon was the name of the guardian angel sent to watch over Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Zircon is mentioned in the Bible (using the name jacinth for its red variety) as being one of the “stones of fire” (Ezekiel 28:13–16) that were given to Moses and set in the breastplate of Aaron (Exodus 28:15–30). Zircon is also one of the twelve gemstones set in the foundations of the city walls of Jerusalem (Revelations 21:19) and associated with the Apostle Simon.

The Roman historian, Pliny the Elder, compared blue zircon’s color to hyacinth flowers.

Traditionally, zircon is a gem of purity and innocence. Zircon is believed to promote inner peace while providing the wearer with wisdom, honor and riches. Legend also has it that a zircon’s loss of luster is a warning of imminent danger.

Zircon’s popularity grew dramatically in the 16th century when Italian artisans featured the gem in jewelry designs. In the 1880’s blue zircon was widely used in Victorian jewelry.

Just the facts
Although zircon’s existence predates cubic zirconia by centuries, zircon is often unfairly confused with cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia is a cheap, man-made diamond substitute that resembles colorless zircon and has a similar sounding name. While zircon may also be used as an excellent diamond substitute, it is valuable in its own right.

The fire in zircon, called dispersion, is caused by light entering the gemstone and separating into a prism of rainbow colors. Possessing dispersion approaching that of diamond, the brilliance of zircon is second to none. The zircon cut, a variation of the round brilliant cut that adds eight extra facets to the pavilion, was designed to take advantage of these properties.

An interesting characteristic of zircon is that its birefringence (doubly refraction, meaning that light splits into two rays as it passes through the gem) is great enough to producing visible doubling of the back facets in larger stones. Zircon also has an adamantine (diamond-like) luster, lending further credence to its suitability as a diamond substitute.

Zircon remains unscathed while other rocks and minerals melt and reform under the tremendous heat and pressure of continental shifts, mountain-building and violent asteroid impacts. Once only considered a diamond alternative, zircon is in fact incredibly ancient. A tiny fragment of zircon discovered in Western Australia is the oldest known object on earth at 4.4 billion years old (the Earth formed less than 150 million years earlier). Diamonds in comparison are quite young, a mere one billion to 3.3 billion years old.

Cambodia is the world’s premiere source for gorgeous blue zircon. Remote, pristine and stunningly beautiful, Ratanakiri province is the major center for Cambodian zircon, yielding most of the world’s finest blue zircon. Ratanakiri literally means “gemstone mountain.”

Traditionally mining took place near Bo Kheo, some 20 miles from the provincial seat of Ban Lung, but now new areas have been opened. South of Ban Lung, a mining camp exists in the forest, where workers toil to extract Ratanakiri zircon from narrow mine shafts that tap into an alluvial layer about 15 feet below the surface. The author (RWH) visited these remote mines in 2001, finding the work still undertaken by ancient hand methods. Witnessing this gives one a real appreciation of how much work goes into unearthing these wonderful gems.

100% Natural 3.75 Ct.Handcut Faceted Loose Gemstone Zircon Oval Champagne Semi Precious Stone


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