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ZIRCON GEMSTONE

Zircon, the moment somebody hears this word paints a picture of synthetic diamond in his mind. But the truth is, zircon is actually a gemstone with various guises and its true variety is too rare to be seen by anybody. All those people who think Zircon as cheap alternative to diamond are actually talking about Cubic Zirconia that has nothing to do with the world of real and genuine gemstones. Very few subject experts call it 'mature diamond' because of its striking similarity to diamond.

Zircon is found in a number of varieties based on the colour that it displays. Starlite is the blue zircon; another variety quite pale in colour, called jargon, is also quite useful in making coloured gemstone jewellery. Apart from these colours, red, orange, pink, purple etc are other colours of zircon that make it a desirable component of coloured gemstones' world.

Zircon can be distinguished from diamond easily when it is made to pass through artificial light or exposed to double refraction. This can also be distinguished from Cubic Zirconia that is just a synthetic variety of diamond developed in man-made lab conditions. Natural zircon is found in Tanzania, Combodia, Burma and Sri Lanka which are very important locations in the zircon mining map of the world.

Zircon is a brittle stone and may crack under pressure. It may also get chipped when exposed to wear and tear. Therefore, it is stored in soft linen clothed boxes and taken out only when it is show time.

Zircon is a gemstone of many guises. When found in blue colour, it appears very much similar to aquamarine, tourmaline or blue spinel. Its golden-brown variety is said to be look-alike of citrine and topaz. Pink zircon poses identity challenge to pink topaz, morganite, rose quartz and spinel.

So, it is wise to be aware of this gemstone as you may get bowled over by the resemblance that it exhibits with other varieties. This gemstone is very much in demand due to its versatility, endurance and resemblance to more precious gemstones among jewellery makers who want to develop jewellery items for people looking for affordable alternatives to diamond jewellery.

Blue Zircon finds its mention in Victorian times when this gemstone made to the list comprising of English estate jewellery that dated back to 1880s. Kunz, the famous gemmologist gave this variety of Zircon the name 'Starlite' but this identity could not catch much attention and got very soon faded from the memory of collectors.

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