|The name 'Zircon' probably comes from the Persian word "zargun" which means "gold-colored," although zircon comes in a wide range of different colors.Zircon has impressive dispersion, the tendency to split white light into the spectral colors. This means that zircon is an exceptionally brilliant gem. In the middle ages, zircon was said to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and promote honor and wisdom in its owner. Zircon is said to be of help for varicose veins and blisters. Zircon is a birthstone for those who are born in December.
|Colors:||The natural color of zircon varies between colorless, yellow-golden, red, brown, blue, and green. Medium dark, pure blue stones have the highest value.|
|Shapes:||Colored stones get a brilliant or step (emerald) cut. Colorless stones are brilliant cut.|
|Origin:||Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Korea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.|
|Care:||Zircon is brittle and therefore sensitive to knocks and pressure|
|Notes:||Colorless zircons that show gem quality are a popular substitute for diamond and are also known as "Matura diamond".|