Zircon jewelry care guide

Zircon jewelry care guide — everything you need to know about zircons

 At Glimnail jewelry, we're committed to unveiling the beauty and distinct characteristics of every gemstone we feature in our collections. Zircons are are not only one of the oldest minerals found on Earth but also boast an array of colors and remarkable optical properties that can rival even the most precious stones. Here's what you need to know about these underrated gems.

 

 Understanding Zircons

 Origin: Zircons are mined minerals, found in sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. They are among the oldest minerals on Earth, with some Australian zircon crystals dating back about 4.4 billion years.

 Colors: Zircons come in a wide range of colors, including blue, yellow, red, green, brown, and rare purplish-pink hues. The color variations are due to trace elements that get incorporated into the zircon’s structure during its formation.

 Optical Properties: One of the most appealing features of zircons is their brilliant luster and fire. They exhibit a high degree of dispersion, meaning light passing through a zircon is split into its spectral colors, creating a remarkable fire that is comparable to, or even exceeding, that of diamonds.

 Cubic Zirconia Confusion: It's crucial to distinguish between zircons and cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia is a lab-created crystal that was introduced as a diamond simulant in the late 20th century. Unlike the naturally occurring zircon, cubic zirconia is inexpensive and lacks the unique characteristics and history of natural zircons.

 

Zircon Care Tips

 Handling and Storage: Zircons are relatively durable, rating 7.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, but they should still be handled with care to avoid scratches or chips. Store them separately from other jewelry pieces to prevent contact damage.

 Cleaning: Clean your zircon jewelry with mild soap and lukewarm water using a soft brush. Dry thoroughly with a lint-free cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaners, as these can damage the stone.

 Wearing: While zircons are suitable for daily wear, it's best to remove them during activities that could expose the gems to harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, or physical knocks.

 Setting and Repair: Due to their optical properties and relative softness compared to diamonds, zircons should ideally be set in protective settings like bezels. If your zircon jewelry requires repair or the stone needs re-polishing, consult a professional jeweler experienced with this gemstone.

 Whether you're attracted to the deep blues of a zircon reminiscent of the ocean, the warm glow of a yellow zircon, or the rare allure of a pink zircon, these gems offer a spectrum of possibilities for jewelry lovers seeking something beyond the ordinary.