BLUE ZIRCON

Blue Zircon is a popular stone since ancient times because the blue hues make it beloved amid collectors and traders alike. The dispersion and the luster of Zircon is quite unique in the gemstone family, they are mesmerizing and mystifying with hypnotizing affect.

Blue Zircon is also sometime referred with a tradename called Cambolite.

Blue Zircon

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LEARN MORE ABOUT BLUE ZIRCON

Zircon comes in various colors, but blue is probably the most popular and most valuable of the family. However, blue zircon is always commonly heat treated. Zircons make an excellent diamond substitute when appropriately cut, despite being rarer than the famous stone.

Gemstone Attributes


Mineral Zircon
Chemistry ZrSiO4
Color Blue
Refractive Index 1.81 - 1.984
Birefringence 0.000 - 0.059
Specific Gravity 3.90 - 4.73
Mohs Hardness 6.0 - 7.5

Blue ZIRCON Value


As with any gemstone, the price of zircon depends on the four Cs (cut, color, carat, and clarity). The average price for blue zircon is $75 per carat for a stone weighing 5-6 carats. High-quality blue zircon gemstones can reach up to $200 per carat. Stones weighing more than 10 carats can easily fetch around $150-$175 per carat.

BLUE ZIRCON Sources


Zircon is found in igneous rock formations worldwide. The largest source of gem-quality Blue Zircon is Thailand, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka, which comes as no surprise, as they are the main exporters of most gemstones. 

Other countries where you can find blue zircon are Russia, Norway, Germany, Madagascar, and Brazil. However, these sources don’t produce the high-quality found in Southeast Asia.

BLUE ZIRCON Properties


Zircon is often found in rounded and twinned pebbles. Each stone can have an extremely different refractive index, varying from 1.78 to 2.01 depending on the damage caused by radioactive elements in the stone’s structure. The higher the refractive index number, the less damage to the stone.

Most blue zircon is heat treated. The hardness also varies depending on the stone's quality, from 6 on the Mohs scale for lesser quality stones to 7.5 for high-quality examples. Blue zircon gems have uniaxial optics and pleochroism, rare in blue colored gemstones.

BLUE ZIRCON COLORS


As the name suggests, Blue Zircon is aquamarine blue in color, with a green tinge if viewed from a certain angle. Zircons have a distinctive quality known as birefringence or double refraction. Cutters often have to orient the stone's table to the optic axis; if the cutter doesn’t, the interior will look fuzzy because of facet image doubling.

BLUE ZIRCON Care


Blue zircons, while being an excellent substitute diamond, lack the same hardness as diamonds and therefore should be worn with care. Rings should have protective settings, and any other jewelry should be occasional-wear only. 

Zircons should never be cleaned using mechanical systems, as they are brittle gemstones. Use warm water, mild soap and a soft brush to clean your zircon gemstone. Dry it with a soft cloth.