Zircon is a mineral belongs to nesosilicates group and it is a source of zirconium metal. The name ‘zircon’ derived from Persian name ‘zargun’ meaning gold-hued or gold colored. Zircon serves as a birthstone for the month of December along with turquoise and tanzanite. Thailand is one of the most important commercial sources of high grade zircon.
Nature and color of zircon:
Zircon is fairly hard having a hardness value of 6-7.5 on the moh’s scale. It is also chemically stable and highly resistant to weathering. Transparent zircon is a well known form of semi-precious gemstone, having high specific gravity between 4.2 and 4.86. It has been used as a substitute for diamond, due to its high refractive index.
The optical difference between zircon and diamonds is birefringence which means double refraction. Diamonds have no birefringence, on the other hand zircon have very strong birefringence. Zircon found in wide range of colors naturally including reddish brown, yellow, green, blue, gray and even colorless. Heat treatments also produce many additional colors.
Healing properties of zircon:
Zircon is a very effective stone for weaver and has a wide range of healing properties. It relieves the pain and dissolves cramps in a gentle way. It eases the menstrual pain which is caused due to imbalance of hormone. It helps in removing toxins from the body an support through withdrawal from caffeine, tobacco or other substances. It has an antispasmodic effect on the liver and gall bladders. It helps in overcoming the night mares and gives restful sleep and prevent heart diseases.
Taking care of gemstone:
Zircon may lose their color after long exposure to sunlight, which is not common in other gemstones. It is immune to acid attack expect by sulphuric acid and then only when ground into a fine powder. Only warm, soapy water is recommended for cleaning zircon while ultrasonic and steam cleaners or not recommended.
Zircon is an amazing choice if you wish to become a valued and great person who attracts wisdom, honor, riches and success.