Zircon is not a commonly known among jewellery buyers, although the gem has many beautiful appearances. There are earth tones, cinnamon, sherry, yellow, orange, red and the famous zircon blue colours.
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What to look for
Zircons are relatively free of inclusions. But many untreated zircons have a cloudy or smoky appearance. If it’s extreme, it can be a negative factor. Most zircon that is faceted for use in jewellery is free of inclusions visible to the eye. Zircons with eye visible inclusions will drop in value.
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Tips & Advice
1. Store zircon carefully.
Although zircon is relatively hard, it can be brittle. Facet junctions can abrade if they rub against other gems. Dealers always store each zircon separately, not mixed in a parcel with other gems.
2. Find a retailer who specialises in gems.
Zircons are unusual connoisseur gems. To see an interesting selection, you’ll have to find a retailer who really knows and loves gems.
3. Start a zircon collection.
Along with spinel, zircon is one of the gems that dealers and gemologists collect. Rare and beautiful, zircon is still relatively unknown and affordable. It comes in many colours from many different localities so a collection can continue to expand.