The gemstone Zircon has been known since antiquity.  It has had various names, but today’s name, Zircon, is probably from the Persian word for “golden colored.”

It is known for its high refractive index and strong dispersion.

It is a brittle stone with a hardness of 7, so be careful of knocking its edges.

Although rarely in the gemstone trade, green zircons are prized by collectors.  They can also be colorless, yellow, brown and orange.  A cat’s-eye effect has also been noted.

In addition, Starlight Zircons are blue.  These are found in Burma, Cambodia, Thailand and Tanzania.

Naturally, brown, red and gray Zircons are the most common, and colorless ones are very rare.  Colorless ones are usually brilliant cut, while colored ones are often emerald cut.

Tonight is night 1 of our Gemstone Roundtable!  Those of you who are attending will be able to handle Zircons, Opals, Diamonds, and many more.  We are looking forward to seeing you all!

Oh, and make sure you come hungry!

 

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