Oh, zircon! Her name holds power of the universe, the eye of the source, the center of all things powerful and life-grounding. She’s buried deep in time, hovering above myths and tales since ancient wisdom can’t even grasp her existence. Her name was so sacred, she was rarely mentioned in ancient tales. Yet, she’s always been here, and will be forever.
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Zircon is as old as time. She could have been a piece of outer space kickstarting life on earth. Older than diamonds, zircon dates all the way back to 4.4 billion years ago. Just to give you a perspective: the earth is 4.5 billion years old. Zircon is older than dinosaurs. Imagine that.
As messengers of the past, zircon has seen it all. From earth’s baby years of raging lava and shattering earthquakes to slow moving tectonic plates shifting, and life building slowly on its aged and wise back. It’s no wonder zircon is such a dreamy believer. She’s seen how Mother Earth gives life, even at the most unimaginable of circumstances.
Zircon is playful with time, twisting strands of past, present, and future through her fingers like stray hairs. So hold on to her whenever you want to evade time. She’s your partner in your escapades to theta daydreaming, and drifting into peaceful sleep. She’s the cure to insomnia.
She’s most alive in the ether of dreams. Zircon is said to be the leaves of a wish-fulfilling divine tree of Kalpa. Or Kalpavriksha, as the Hindus and yogis would call it, the tree with golden roots, diamond fruits, silver trunks, pearl flowers, and zircon leaves. Whatever you wish, you shall receive. Zircon brings things into fruition.
Birthstone for: December
Zircon zodiac sign: Sagittarius (23 November - 21 December)
The first chakra - the Root or Muladhara chakra. Located in the base of our spine. It helps us stay grounded and keeps us from being blinded by greed, jealousy, and selfish ambitions.
The third chakra - the Solar Plexus or the Manipura chakra. Located near the stomach, centered around the core. It strengthens the connection between the body and the mind, and helps with balance.
Zircon element: Fire (find out more about what your elements are, what it means, and how you can design your own custom piece with it.)
How zircon fits into your life:
December Born| Cancer | Heal mood swings | In need of creative sleep | Free-writing your future | Doing digital detox | Taking a sabbatical | Buying a one-way ticket | Building your dream home
Zircon is mined all around the world, but it began it’s trajectory into popularity in Jack Hill, Australia. It was here that zircon was first unearthed.
Our zircon is ethically sourced from: Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Tanzania
Tough Love level: 7-7.5 Mohs scale of hardness
Even though it shares striking similarities to diamond, beware that zircon sits on a lower Mohs scale than diamond. If you’re using it as an everyday ring, consider bezel setting which offers more protection than prong setting which exposes the gemstone’s edges.
Zircon is often confused with cubic zirconia, a man-made diamond imitation. Though both of them are equally marketable for different reasons (cubic zirconia or CZ is much cheaper than a diamond), zircon is a natural mined gemstone.
Zircon has impressive brilliance and fire, not too far from the diamond. Which is why, colorless zircon makes a budget engagement ring alternative to diamond.
So what colors do zircon produce? Zircon is playful with colors. Heat treatments can transform brownish zircon to clear, blue or golden, and orange to red.
If they already come in so many colors, why do they need to be heat-treated, you ask?
Well, heat treatments in zircon aren’t only to alter colors, but also to bring out the most of its shine. Older zircon tend to have a more mellow glow. Heat treatment is the key to bring back that fire.
This color zircon is almost always heat-treated. For a long time, zircon was often confused with diamond as the two look remarkably similar. However, over time zircon will lose its brilliance and you don't need to be a gemologist to see the difference.
My personal favorite in the zircon family - a real mermaid gemstone. Commonly heat-treated from brown or colorless zircon, blue zircon tends to be vibrant and bright, like the tropical ocean on a sunny day. With its intense fire, some said blue zircon tops even the Queen of all blue gemstones - sapphires!
Also known as honey zircon, golden zircon is prized for its complex brilliance. It often comes from brown zircon that has undergone heat treatment.
This zircon can be found in nature with its intense fiery glow. It’s one of zircon’s colors which can pass heat treatment.
Rose zircon comes in all shades of pink. From dusty pink to fuschia, rose zircon is reminiscent of imperial topaz with its complex radiance. It’s commonly heat-treated to achieve the desired shade, but some natural specimens of pink zircon also exist.
Quite a rare color for zircon, because it’s chemically different from the other shades (except for brown). It’s much older than the rest of its siblings, and tends to be more muddy and brownish (it’s technically known as ‘low zircon’). Heat treatment is often needed to improve clarity and remove the brownish color.