December Birthstone Buying Guide
Zircon gemstones certainly deserve your consideration for gift giving, especially if your birthday or a loved one’s falls in December. It is an underrated but magnificent gemstone that has been worn and treasured since ancient times. The highest quality gemstones are stunning and have a higher refractive index than sapphires or rubies. Clean, well-cut white Zircon gems are quite affordable and have the dazzle and sparkle of diamonds. Ultimately, Zircon’s price and value depends on the color, size and quality of the gemstone.
Don’t Confuse Zircon Gemstones with Synthetic Cubic Zirconia
Unfortunately, Zircon has suffered a long-term identity crisis that has resulted in lingering confusion about this beautiful, naturally-occurring gemstone. This confusion stems from two problematic issues: The similarity in names (both contain the element zirconium in their chemical structure) and Zircon’s history as one-time diamond simulate; clear Zircon gemstones can exhibit a luster and fire comparable to diamonds. The name Zircon is thought to come from the Persian word ‘zargun’, which means ‘gold-colored’, although zircon comes in a range of different colors.
Is Zircon a Natural Gemstone?
Yes. Zircon is a naturally occurring gemstone, a stunning example of earth’s oldest creation. The value of natural Zircon varies greatly depending on size, quality and color. Natural zircon is noteworthy for its high refractive index and excellent fire.
In Which Colors are Zircon Gemstones Available?
Zircon gemstones are available colorless, green, blue, dark red, violet, yellow, brown and orange. The most popular zircon color is blue, which commands the highest prices, and accounts for 80 percent of all sales. The most prized Zircon gemstones have a bright blue color, which is almost always the result of heat treatment.
What is the Best Cut for Zircon Gemstones?
Because Zircon has diamond-like luster and fire, it is often cut in the brilliant style to showcase those qualities.
Where is Zircon Mined?
The greatest supply of Zircon comes from mines in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, and Australia.
A Zircon ring, pendant, or earrings make a special gift for those born in December. Contact us to inquire about our in-stock supply of loose Zircon gemstones and custom-designed Zircon jewelry.
Contact us to inquire about our supply of Zircon gemstones and jewelry.