Zircon is a mineral that offers a whole rainbow of gorgeous gems! This gem can vary in colour from colourless (often nicknamed Matura diamonds) yellow-gold, red, brown, blue and green.
One of the reasons that colourless zircons are so popular as diamond substitutes is because they have a real lustre to them. This fire gives them a glorious shine, and is also seen in the more colourful varieties of the gem.
Zircon gems have been worn as jewellery for many thousands of years. Yellow, orange and brown varieties of the gem used to be known as hyacinth, after the flower of the same name.
If you have some gorgeous zircon jewellery, do keep in mind that you’ll want to keep it out of direct sunlight. If it’s exposed to the sun for too long, zircon gems can darken in colour and their lustre can begin to fade.
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The great thing about zircon is that it comes in a colour to go with almost every outfit! Colourful zircons can be a great pop of colour in an otherwise neutral outfit… or we think they look great when colour co-ordinated.
Colourless zircon are a gorgeous alternative to diamonds. They’re just as timeless and elegant as diamonds, and almost as sparkly!
Zircon is sometimes confused with the synthetic diamond alternative cubic zirconia, but the two are completely different. Zircon shouldn’t just be considered as a diamond alternative as it’s actually a gorgeous gem in it’s own right. Here’s to zircons!
You can get the zircon look with colourful gems! Take a look at these brilliantly bright pieces below.