For many people, the name “Zircon” means “imitation”, mostly because colourless Zircons were widely used as a diamond simulant in the early 1900’s. This is unfortunate because Zircon is a beautiful natural coloured stone with its own fair share of folklore and charm. Blue Zircon is also one of the birthstones for the month of December, along with Tanzanite and Turquoise. It is found mainly in Australia, Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Zircon was once thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits and promote riches, honor and wisdom. When faceted and worn as jewellery, it is believed that Zircon’s vibration acts as a protective shield of light around the wearer, keeping unwanted energies away. It is also believed to be useful in clearing toxins from the body.
Although Zircon comes in many different colours, the most common is blue. Other available colours are green, yellow, orange, red, brown, pink, and purple with the finest stones having strong, rich colours. Zircon is one of the few coloured stones that have great brilliance and intense fire. The variety of colours is produced by heat treatment. Untreated zircon is generally grey-brown and red-brown. Colourless untreated zircon is very rare. The heat treatment is undetectable but usually assumed due to its prevalence.
Cubic Zirconia’s, on the other hand, are a synthetic manmade material. They also come in a variety of colours and sizes. They were first marketed in 1976 and became the dominant diamond imitation at the time.
Stop by the store and see for yourself how beautiful Zircon’s are. We have a variety of colours and sizes available.