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The Zircon

Stop confusing this beautiful natural stone with synthetic oxide of zirconium , which as its name suggests is a synthetic stone, an imitation to diamond. Zircon is a natural stone. It is a zirconium silicate which appears a a dark brown, green or red color after extraction and changes color when heated. Most blue stones are pastel blue, but some exceptional gems have a bright blue color. Zircon is also available in green, dark red, purple, yellow, brown and orange. Due to its high refractive index and high dispersion, zircon has a high gloss and high intensity. The zircon deposits are mainly alluvial. Zircon is found in Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Korea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.

The most popular zircon color is blue. The more intense the blue is, the higher the price will be. The brilliance of zircon is legendary, which made it possible to use it as a diamond substitute when it was colorless.

Zircon has a good hardness, 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale but it must be handled with care.

And do not forget, all the stones are fragile! even the diamond ....

To determine the quality of a stone, color is the most important criterion.

See my creations with zircon, rings, earrings or pendant.

The Zircon, natural gem too often confused with synthetic Zirconium oxide

About the author

Julie Cailleux Mialet, Designer & Gemmologist, has revisited the Gemstone Universe with her High Standard Collection of Necklace, Rings and Earrings by cleverly mixing Pearls, Rough Rocks, Fine or Precious Gems. By her expertise, professionalism, dynamism but also by her Stonecutters and Brokers contacts through the world; Julie will be able to advise you in regards to Gemstone. Gemmology is her passion which allow her to introduce, to her customers, gems that are not well know on the French Market. Ladies that loves gems and jewels loves her creations. Her Necklaces, Rings or Earrings are suited to all type of fabrics, seasons and moods. Her creations are realised in her Paris’ Studio and respect the norm of ‘La Joaillerie Française’ With large variety of prices, quality product, designer style, personalised advise and a sales point at the Paris’ Village Suisse; Les Pierres de Julie is a must go places to find a jewel or unique piece to offer.