Moijey Fine Jewelry & Diamonds Blog

Hi Ho, Zircon! Away!

I couldn't resist paraphrasing The Lone Ranger, although a horse named Zircon sounds like a brilliant name for a horse. But I'm going off track here.

Zircon is a remarkable mineral that was popular during the Victorian Era and prominent in estate jewelry from the 1880s.



Zircon minerals are one of the oldest in the world, with the oldest gems (found in Australia) dated to be 4.4 million years old. Aren't all minerals the oldest in the world? Not quite. Diamonds take 2.5 million years to develop, while Zircon needed 4.4 million years to build. Scientists deciphered the ages from the radioactive trace elements of uranium, which is always changing the properties of the Zircon's crystal properties.



Before the 1900s, Zircon used to be a diamond simulant or an alternative to diamond jewelry, specifically for engagement rings. Frankly, I don't recommend it as ring material, more necklace and earring material than anything else. I say this because even though colorless Zircon is pretty and has a fire similar to a diamond's brilliance and sparkle, it is incredibly fragile and brittle. Therefore, there is a risk of breaking the center stone, and I think we can agree that nobody wants that to happen.


It's too brittle to be in a ring unless you are a very poised person full of gracious movement and perfect hand-eye coordination.

What makes Zircon one of a kind is its property of double refraction, where the edges of the facets double from every angle. The refraction contributes to the mentioned fire. 

Colorless and blue Zircon are the most popular colors, but Zircon can be green, brown, or orange. It's wonderful. It's even better that, according to legend, can promote a night of restful sleep and ward off evil. I like the sound of that.