5 Unusual Facts About Zircon Energy Stone

5 Unusual Facts About Zircon Energy Stone

Zircon is a zirconium silicate mineral with a chemical composition of ZrSiO4. This popular gemstone has been used for nearly 2000 years.
In today’s world, Zircon serves as a birthstone for December. It is available in a wide range of colours & has a brightness and fire that rivals that of a diamond. It is present in most soils and clastic sediments.
Below is a list of five unusual facts about the Zircon crystal:
  1. This mineral is ubiquitous in the Earth’s crust & is among the oldest known minerals. Zircon occurs in many parts of the world, particularly Australia, South Africa, U.S.A. , Russia, Canada, Brazil, Italy, India, & Sri Lanka. It occurs in an array of colours like yellow, green, red, reddish-brown, etc.
  1. Colourless Zircon is known for its brilliance and flashes of multi-coloured light, called fire. These properties of Zircon are close enough to the properties of the diamond to account for centuries of confusion between the two gems. In terms of hardness, the Zircon ranks 6 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale. The Zircon crystals from Australia’s Jack Hills are believed to be the oldest thing ever discovered on earth, about 4.375 billion years ago.
  1. The name “Zircon” is derived from the Persian zargun which means “gold-hued”. This word is corrupted into “jargoon”, a term applied to light-coloured zircons. The English word “zircon” is derived from Zirkon, which is the German adaptation of the word. Yellow, orange and red zircon is also known as “hyacinth”.
  1. Zircon is one of the twelve gems found in the foundations of the city walls of Jerusalem and associated with the Apostle Simon. According to Jewish legends, an angel called Zircon would have guided Adam and Eve to the Eden Garden.
  1. Many zircon crystals have trace amounts of uranium and thorium. These radioactive elements were incorporated into the Zircon at the time of crystallization. They convert into their decay products at a steady rate. When radioactive elements in zircon crystal or nearby materials decay, radiation is emitted. This is the reason why some zircon crystals are not suitable to use as a gem.

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