is a natural, lustrous gemstone (not Zirconia) that occurs in a wide range of colors.
    It is sometimes found in shades of brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, black, and colorless, although most zircon stones are brown.
    The beautiful, rich shades of blue, red and golden colors are most often obtained trough heat treatment. Colorless stones are always produced in this way.

    Sometimes, heat-treated stones revert to their original color.

    Green and brown colors of zircon are usually not enhanced.

    Yellow zircon is called 'hyacinth'; in the Middle Ages all yellow stones of East Indian origin were called hyacinth but today this term is restricted to the yellow zircons.

    For many years, the most popular Zircon was the colorless variety, which looks more like diamond than any other natural stone due to its high refractive index, brilliance and dispersion.

    Colorless zircons have been mistaken for diamonds by very experienced jewellers.

    Today the most popular color is blue zircon. Most blue zircon is a pastel blue, but some exceptional gems have a bright blue color.

    Zircon crystals can go from a very simple crystal to a rather complexly faceted form. It has a hardness of 7.5 and a specific gravity of 4-4,7.

    Notable occurrences are found in Sri Lanka , Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Australia, France, Norway, Russia, Canada, USA and Brazil.

    The wide variety of colors of zircon, its rarity, and its relatively low cost make it a popular collector's stone. Collectors enjoy the search for all possible colors and variations.

    Natural zircon is a mineral commonly used to determine the geological age of rocks.
    In 1984, at Jack Hills in Western Australia, Professor Simon A. Wilde discovered a tiny grain of zircon, hardly wider than a human hair.

    This tiny crystal was scientifically examined and determined to be 4.4 billion years old, making it the oldest known terrestrial material.

    The crystal was again analyzed in 2001, two studies of the grain were conducted independently by international research teams. Their results were published in the journal 'Nature'.

    Chemical analysis of this grain suggests that the Earth was cool enough to have water, a hydrosphere and, possibly, life much earlier than previously thought.

    Moreover, the age of the 4.4-billion-year-old sample may also undermine accepted views on the formation of the moon.

    As a mineral specimen, natural zircon today suffers for the similarity of its name to cubic zirconia, the laboratory-grown diamond imitation. Some don't realize that there is a beautiful natural gemstone called zircon.

    Alleged metaphysical properties

    Known as the "Prudent One", Zircon is a stone of purity, innocence, virtue and unification.

    It is reputed to balances emotions, to aid communication skills, enhance spiritual insight and clarity of thought.

    Physically, Zircon is said to offer healing on all levels; it stimulates the liver, alleviates pain in general, and helps with cramps.
    It is used by crystal healers in treatment of lungs, venereal diseases, bowel and skin problems.

    Zircon also provide protection against insomnia and depression and helps us to overcome loss.

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