Zircon is a natural stone often used to imitate diamonds. It is often confused with cubic zirconia which is a synthetic stone. Often Zircon is used as a replacement for diamonds. It was often used before diamonds became so popular. Currently, blue zircon is much more popular than white or clear zircon.
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Zircon Care, Treatments & Where
Zircon is a natural stone - not to be confused with Cubic Zirconia which is manmade. It is known as a colorless stone used to imitate diamonds but also comes in: blue, yellow, orange, red, brown and green . It has a hardness of 7.5.
Zircon is somewhat soft so avoid scratches and sharp blows. Avoid hot water and household chemicals.
Brown Zicon is usually heat treated to change them to colorless or blue Zircon. Blue stones that revert to brown will regain the blue if reheated. Blue Zircon reheated in the presence of oxygen will change to a golden yellow.
Zircon will have more wear on its facets than diamond. Zircon is imitated by colorless glass and synthetic spinel.
Zircon is found in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, France, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
Zircon Themed Books
Actual Gem-related books:
- Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- Gemstones of the World - by Walter Schumann
A very well written source on gemstones with great descriptions and photographs
- Crystals, Gems & Minerals of the Bible: The Lore and Mystery of the Minerals and Jewels of Scripture, from Adamant to Zircon - by Ruth V. Wright, Robert L. Chadboune (Contributor) [Back Ordered]
Gemstone lore from the Bible.
- Australia: A World Source of Ilmenite, Rutile, Monazite and Zircon: Perth Branch, September-October 1986 Perth Wa Australia
Out of print book on Gems of Australia. Amazon may be able to find a copy.
- Black Sands: A History of the Mineral Sand Mining Industry in Eastern Australia - by I. W. Morley
Out of print book on Gems of Eastern Australia. Amazon may be able to find a copy.
Books with Zircon in their Title:
- Feeding the Zircon Gorilla and other team building activities - by Sam W Sikes
Feeding the Zircon Gorilla is just one of the 38 innovative team building activities you'll find in this collection of new experiential activities. All are real-world based and can be used to meet a variety of team building needs.
- Gemstones (Smithsonian Handbooks) - by Cally Hall, Harry Taylor (Photographer)
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- Spiritual Value of Gem Stones - by Wally Richardson and Lenora Huett
Very sweet book on the mystical properties of gemstones.
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Zircon Mystical Properties and Lore
Zircon supposedly helps one be more at peace with oneself.
Zircon was believed to provide the wearer with wisdom, honor and riches.
The lost of luster on a Zircon stone is said to warn of danger.
The name Zircon is from Zargun which means "gold color".