Zircon is not cubic zirconia

Colorful zircon in a beautiful vintage gold ring with diamonds, around 2000

Zircon is a precious gemstone that is hardly known in Germany. It has nothing in common with the cheap diamond substitute "cubic zirconia", which is produced in the laboratory and is basically worthless. Genuine zircons are natural gemstones that can be found in many beautiful colors, especially in Cambodia, with the blue specimens being particularly prized and highly paid. The medium blue precious zircons bear the trade name "Starlit" and they are created by burning the found rough stones, which by the way are always dark brown, at temperatures around 800 degrees Celsius for two to two and a half hours - with a little luck, the unmistakable blue, which is one of the most sought-after colors in the spectrum of zircons, is created when the heat is added. The vintage turn-of-the-millennium ring we have here is set with a gorgeous blue zircon weighing more than two carats and thirteen white diamonds. The sky blue zircon adorns the center of the powerfully forged ring, which holds the flower-shaped ring face with in an elegant sweep. The 18-karat yellow gold ring is hand forged and provides the Starlit with very good quality diamonds, a total of 0.33 carats of diamonds are set in the color Top Wesselton with very good clarity, which wrap around the colorful center stone like petals. A precious vintage piece of jewelry that found its way to us here in Berlin.

Zircon was already known as a gemstone in ancient times and has been found at some of the world's oldest archaeological sites. It appears in various ancient writings, including the Bible and a Hindu poem about the mythical Kalpa tree, which is said to have been adorned with leaves of zircon. Some sources mention a Jewish legend involving an angel named "Zircon" who was supposed to watch over Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Under its ancient name "Hyacinth," the zircon finds mention several times in the Bible, first as one of the "fiery stones" (Ezekiel 28:13-16) presented to Moses and placed in Aaron's breastplate (Exodus 28:15-30), and then as one of the twelve precious stones that will adorn the foundation stones of the city wall of the Heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19-20). Andrew, Bishop of Caesarea, at the end of the 10th century, was one of the first church writers to associate the twelve precious stones of the Heavenly Jerusalem with the Apostles: He assigned the hyacinth (zircon) to the apostle Simon.

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