The colorless variety of Zircon is the natural element that most resembles diamonds. Zircon also has a wonderful refraction which gives the gemstone lots of fire. It can also seem to have more than one color. This effect is called pleochroism. It has a Mohs hardness of 6.5, and its strong luster and intense fire makes it a very beautiful NATURAL alternative to a Diamond. (Please note: Moissanite is NOT a natural mineral, but is created in a lab, as is Cubic Zirconia.)
- Starlight: a blue gem variety of Zircon; heated
- Matura Diamond: trade name for colorless Zircon
- Jargon - colorless, pale grey or pale yellow Zircon
- Jacinth - yellow, orange, brown or red Zircon; name goes back to Biblical times.
- Seiland Zircon - dark red Zircon from Norway
Where is it found?
Cambodia, Burma, Sri Lanka, Australia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Canada, United States
Colorless - resembles Diamonds, and also CZ. It is distinguishable by its hardness and double refraction.
Blue - resembles Blue Topaz, Aquamarine, Blue Spinel, Tourmaline, Apatite
Golden Brown - resembles Topaz, Citrine, Sapphire, Garnet
Yellow - resembles Heliodor (Golden Beryl), Sapphire, Canary Diamond, Chrysoberyl, Topaz
Pink Zircon - resembles Topaz, Morganite, Kunzite, Spinel, and Rose Quartz
|Golden Yellow Zircon|