Zircon is one of the stones that have received little public attention in its natural state. While known to man since the beginning of civilization, it was usually not as popular as other more colorful or fancy stones. Zircon is a natural forming mineral and it should be noted that it is different from Cubic Zirconium which is created in a laboratory as an affordable diamond imitator.
Natural Zircon is made from Zirconium silicate and one of its attributes is its high refractive qualities. Zircon also comes in a myriad of colors from colorless which is the closest natural forming mineral that resembles the diamond, to blues, greens, yellows and most commonly brown.
It should be noted that Zircon is pretty hard, but can be brittle and scratched easily. It is a great stone for jewelry, but care for it when wearing it on a day to day basis. Zircon is believed to come from the Persian word zargun. This word means gold color, while Zircon is commonly brown, it can also be goldish in color as well.
Most Zircon is color treated with the help of heat and radiation. When Zircon is exposed to intense heats, usually ranging from 900 to 1,000 degrees Celsius, the color center can change giving it a new color. In fact, all Zircon can easily change with heat treatments and Zircon can usually go through a round of heat treatments before creating the desired color.
Although Zircon is not as popular as other stones, it does have mystical qualities associated it. For instance, it is said that Zircon will help you sleep; it is also said that it is helpful in promoting honor and was given to those that seek wisdom.