Zircon Crystal also known as a Zircon Bomb, for their habit of being fired out of volcanoes and landing like one! This is a great specimen, with gemmy red brow crystal.
A super collectors specimen and rare. Showing the classic Spinel Crystal form and classic location too. This specimen is mounted on a perspex base to enhance display.
2.7cm x 2.7cm x 4cm, 39g.
Mud Tank, Northern Territory, Australia.
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.