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Zircon

Zircon

Natural Zircon today suffers somewhat on account of the similarity of its name to Cubic Zirconium, the laboratory-grown Diamond imitation. Many people are unaware that there is a beautiful natural gemstone called Zircon.

Zircon occurs in a wide range of colors, but for many years the most popular was the colorless variety, which looks more like diamond than any other natural stone because of its brilliance and dispersion.

Today the most popular colour is Blue Zircon, which is considered an alternative birthstone for December.  Most Blue Zircon is of a pastel blue or blue-green, but some exceptional gems have a strong bright blue hue.  Zircon is also found  in green, dark red, yellow, brown, and orange.

Zircon is mined in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Australia, and other countries.  Its hardness is 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale but care should be taken in wear as the facet junctions may abrade with hard use over a period of time.

 

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