December Birthstone

Those who were born in December have an amazing choice of choosing between 3 different minerals to make their birthstones. The birthstones for December are Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise.

What these stones seem to have in common is the fact that they all share the same colour but in different shades: blue. It is probably 3 of the most precious stones to sprout from the earth’s core and it is no doubt that babies born in December were meant to adorn them.

Lets get some more knowledge about Turquoise.

December Birthstone Zircon

History and Knowledge of Zircon :

Zircon is not a very well-known gemstone, but it is one of the most important gemstones of today. Many people confuse zircon with the artificial diamond simulate, cubic zirconia. Of course, the two are completely different – cubic zirconia (CZ), is a lab-created synthetic material, while zircon is a naturally occurring gemstone with a very different chemical composition.

However, before the introduction of diamond simulates like cubic zirconia and moissanite, white zircon was actually one of the most popular diamond substitutes, owing to its high dispersion and refractive index, and was often marketed under the misleading trade name of ‘Matura diamond’. 

The name zircon likely comes from the Persian word zargun, meaning “gold-colored.” Others trace it to the Arabic zarkun, meaning “vermillion.” Given its wide range of colors – spanning red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown – both origins make sense.

Zircon occurs in a wide range of colors, of which white or colorless is likely the least valuable or important. The most popular zircon today is biue Zircon, usually occurring with green pleochroism, which can result in interesting teal-like colors.

Colorless zircon, known as Matura Diamond, displays brilliance and flashes of multi colored “fire” that can rival fine diamond. There’s one key difference though: Zircon is more brittle. Though it measures 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, its faceted edges can chip.

Zircon is a tremendously important mineral, indeed its prominence led to the emergence of the discipline of ‘zirconology’ in gemology. It is the oldest mineral on Earth, with samples found in Australia that are over 4.4 billion years old.

Today, zircon is considered a grounding stone that increases confidence and compassion. It is said it can bring visions into reality and provide the guidance needed to achieve goals.

While zircon is popular among gem collectors for its range of colors, consumers seem most enamoured with the blue variety, and otherwise confused about the history and possibility of this expansive gem.

Sources of Zircon :

Most zircon deposits are alluvial. Sri Lanka is the best known source for green metamict ‘low’ zircon. Specimens are also found in Burma (Myanmar), and may possibly exist in other well-known zircon deposits in Cambodia. Most zircon deposits come from Burma, though Australia boasts the oldest deposits dating back more over 4.4 billion years.

Other notable sources include Brazil, Korea, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam.

Benefits of Zircon :

  1. Zircon has always a positive impact on the beauty of the body.
  2. It helps in maintaining Diabetes and ailments of the reproductive system.
  3. Zircon brings happiness, harmony, and love in the relationships.
  4. It is considered as a very good crystal for marital life.
  5. It is lucky for the people who are involved in the creative careers and entertainments.
  6. Zircon removes all the evil and fearful thoughts and builds up the self-confidence.
  7. It has the capacity of providing the relief in the respiratory tract problems.
  8. Zircon protects us from the nightmares and helps in getting a good sleep.