Natural zircon is a beautiful mineral that comes in a range of colors including brown, yellow, green, blue, and red. It has a high refractive index and a hardness rating of 7.5 on the Mohs scale.
The appearance of natural zircon can vary widely depending on the specific specimen. However, in general, it is characterized by a lustrous, vitreous to adamantine, transparent to translucent surface. Typically zircon exhibits strong birefringence, which gives it a distinctive “doubling” effect when viewed through a polarizing filter and can even be seen with your naked eye on some gems.
Natural zircon is often used as a gemstone due to its beauty and durability. It is a popular alternative to diamonds due to its high refractive index, which gives it a similar sparkle and brilliance.
Moh’s Scale Hardness: 7.5 Specific Gravity: 4.6-4.7 Refractive Index: 1.92-2.01 Treatment: Heated
Care: Avoid harsh abrasives and strong light Origin: Africa