ZIRCON CRYSTAL SPECIMEN
Zircon Crystal Specimen. This is a great specimen, with gemmy red brown crystal. In the matrix there are smaller Zircon Crystals along with other associated gold and black coloured minerals. A baby Zircon Crystal has grown on the side of the larger one.
A collectors specimen. Showing the classic Tetragonal Crystal form and classic location too. This specimen is mounted on a perspex base to enhance display. It is a specimen from the private collection.
4.6cm x 4cm x 4.6cm, 97g.
Hunza Valley, Gilgit, Pakistan.
ZrSiO4, Zirconium Silicate.
Zircons reputation has suffered of late due to the introduction of a diamond simulant. So for the record, zircon is not the same material as the artificial gem material Cubic Zirconia (or CZ). However with that in mind, zircon has been used as a diamond simulant both for innocent and nefarious reasons. Zircon resembles diamond in luster and fire and colorless zircons have been mistaken for diamonds by experienced jewelers. Zircon can make a very attractive and affordable gemstone. It is found in browns and greens but can be heat treated to beautiful blue and golden colors. Colorless material is produced in this way as well. Zircon is the December Birthstone.