ZIRCON GemShoppy February 9, 2015 Gemstones Zircon has been around in jewelry for hundreds of years. It is known for its high dispersion and for many years was used to imitate diamonds. Zircon provides the wearer with wisdom, honor and riches. The orange variety of zircon is called jacinth. Color: Zircon is known as a colorless stone used to imitate diamonds, but also comes in: blue, yellow, orange, red, brown and green. ZrSiO4 Zircon is a silicate mineral, zirconium silicate. The high refractive index and dispersion of zircon cause it to approach diamond in fire and brilliancy. Zircon is widespread as an accessory mineral in acid igneous rocks, it also occurs in metamorphic rocks and, fairly often, in detrital deposits. The name Zircon is originated from Persian Zargun which means “gold color“. Zircon along with turquoise are birthstones of Sagittarius (Archer): Nov. 22-Dec. 21. Zircon is quite widely used in its three varieties. The first variety is called jacinth (also spelled hyacinth) and was used to a great extent in classical antiquity. It occurs in the clear, transparent red, orange, and yellow colours. The blue variety is called starlite or Siam Zircon, while the third colourless variety is called Ceylon or Matura diamond. Jacinth helps rising one’s self-esteem. Zircon is also known as Hyacinth, brown zircon inspires independence. It also helps us attract land and a permanent home. Green zircon promotes renewal and Friendliness. Blue zircon fosters spirituality and praying. Pink zircon helps us appreciate life more. Purple zircon enhances prosperity. Red zircon is for purification. Yellow zircon brings inspiration. Zircon will crack rather easily though it has a hardness rating of 7. As with all gems, protect zircon from scratches and sharp blows. Avoid hot water, sudden temperature changes and household chemicals. Store a jewelry made of zircon in separate boxes. Be ware of colourless glass and synthetic spinel zircon imitations. Healing ability of zircon is to relieve any bodily pain. It is said to whet one’s appetite. Zircon also prevents nightmares and ensures a deep tranquil sleep. Mystical power of zircon supposedly helps one be more at peace with oneself.