December Gemstone: Zircon Fun Facts

Zircon Stone

Zircon stones are really awesome to look at but they're really interesting too! Here are some fun facts about one of our favorite gems.

  • The name “zircon” derives from the Persian zargun, meaning “gold-hued”.
  • Zircons are one of three birthstones for the month of December.
  • Out of this world, white zircon is the gemstone of the planet Venus and brings good luck to those born under the sign of Taurus and Libra.
  • Truly unbelievable, zircon can contain tiny traces of uranium causing it to alter its properties by irradiating itself!
  • Green zircons are probably the most exotic color zircons, they are very difficult to obtain, very cool and are very costly.
  • Prolific brownish red to brownish yellow zircons can be modified into colorless and blue zircons by heating to 1500-1800 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • We know that zircon stones can change color permanently when heated in laboratories but they can also change color in sunlight, in darkness or under incandescent light. They can go from orange to colorless when left in the sun then slowly return to orange when kept in the dark. This very cool phenomenon, which is unique to just a few gems, is tenebrescence.
  • Zircon Crystals enhance innocence, purity, and constancy. Zircon gems also promote the unity of the mind, body, spirit and emotions.
  • Colorless zircon is frequently mistaken for a diamond. Colorless zircon is known for its illumination and flashes of multicolored light called fire.
  • Zircon crystals are found in Cambodia, Madagascar, Canada, Ukraine, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Australia. 
  • Mind-boggling but Australia currently leads the world in zircon mining, producing 37% of the world’s total supply of the mineral.
  • Zircon is quite durable, rating a 7.5 on Moh’s hardness scale, however it is known to suffer from abrasions, and its facets can be chipped.
  • The 4 Cs, color, clarity, cut and carat, largely decide the price of a gemstone and this is no different for a zircon. The colorless or white zircon parallels the diamond and is in fact scarcer than a diamond but cannot command a similar price. Zircon costs around $50 to $400 per carat based on the above mentioned 4 Cs.
  • Zircon gemstones have high levels of clarity, most gemstones for sale are what we would call 'eye clean', that is any defects (known as inclusions) are invisible to the naked eye.
  • Zircon is an important stone in Ayurvedic medicine, believed to bring wisdom, a noble heart, good luck, joy and wealth. It it also thought to relieve pain, help with sleep problems, and protects the muscles, bones, nerves and organs.
  • At present, China and Europe are the main consumer markets for zirconium. Mind-boggling but China’s demand for zirconium accounts for 52% of the total global demand for zirconium
  • Truly unbelievable, zircon is the oldest known minerals on earth and there are even samples that are over 4 billion years old.
  • Out of this world, moon rock samples retrieved by NASA's Apollo missions found zirconium's presence in lunar rock.
  • It is best to store zircon gems and jewelry separately from one another to prevent scratches and fractures. When storing zircon gemstones, it is a good idea to wrap them in a soft cloth or place them inside a fabric-lined box.
  • Always remove jewelry when engaging in any type of physical activity, including household chores, exercise or sports. When not being worn, we recommend keeping your zircons out of direct sunlight and away from strong sources of heat as this could alter the coloring. 

Thank you for reading our article and we hope it can help you to have a better understanding of zirconium.