Where does Zircon come from?
Zircon has many sources, the major sources being Kampuchea, China, Myanmar, Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Origins and Legends
The gemstone Zircon is believed to bring inner piece and it helps bring out the love and high regard in all people. It was once said that the wearer of Zircon would be provided wisdom, honor and riches. The name derives from one of two words, maybe even both. The first being the Arabic word “zarqun,” meaning vermilion or perhaps from the Persian “zargun,” meaning golden-colored.
The natural color of zircon varies between colorless, yellow-golden, red, brown or green. Zircon when colorless is often found as a substitute for diamonds, commonly known as Cubic Zirconium, or CZ. Some people say that Zircon’s have more fire and brilliance than diamonds, but that isn’t proven.
How to care for Zircon
As with most colored gemstones, Zircon also goes heat treating processes to permanently bring out the rich colors. Naturally occurring bright colors to occur and that is reflected in the price of the stone. Zircon is hard and durable but as with any jewelry with gemstones, it is a good idea to remove your jewelry before participating in any event that may scratch the stone or shatter it.
Why do people choose Zircon?
Today people can buy whatever they want and are not limited to traditional practices. However, Zircon is the symbolic birthstone of those fortunate December birthdays.
Zircon does not handle very well in ultrasonics and steam cleaners. It also does not handle the heat from torches well either.