Zircon is at least 4.4 BILLION years old...the oldest material being found in Australia.
Due to it's high refractive index (ability to bend light) and strong dispersion, zircon has great brilliance and intensive fire. I have gotten parcels of mixed faceted gemstones, and you can easily identify the zircons as they look like they're lit up from inside. Truly beautiful.
Zircon is also one of the hardest gemstones, yet somewhat brittle, so care should be taken when wearing rings containing zircon. Great for necklaces and earrings!
Zircon colors include yellow, brown, orange, red violet, blue, green and colorless, and varying shades of all. I have some of each color, except green, but my favorite is a golden-brown "brandy" color that looks like it's smoldering inside.
Zircon can be found naturally in Cambodia, Thailand, Australia, Madagascar, Brazil, Korea, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sri-lanka, Vietnam and Tanzania. My personal faves are from Tanzania.
Zircon is the birthstone of December, and throughout the ages has been said to aid in sleep, bring prosperity, promote honor and wisdom in it's owner...and also helps varicose veins, blisters and testicle problems. (So guys... get some zircon-studded undies.)
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