Zircon is not zirconia

Vintage high karat white gold zircon ring, London 1985

Zircon is a natural gemstone that is unjustly little known in Germany. It has nothing in common with the cheap diamond substitute "zirconia", which is produced in the laboratory and is a cheap diamond substitute. Genuine zircons are precious gemstones that can occur in many beautiful colors, with the blue specimens being especially prized since the Art Deco era - back then, zircon was a true fashion stone! These medium blue zircons are called "Starlit" and they are created by burning dark brown raw zircons, which almost look like simple hard coal when found, at temperatures of around 800 to 1000 degrees Celsius - with a bit of luck, the unmistakable blue emerges, which is one of the most sought-after colours in the spectrum of zircons. A very beautiful, medium blue zircon with a diameter of about 8.5 millimeters is the focal point of this ring, which according to the stamping inside the ring was created in London in 1985. The ring, made of high-carat white gold, holds the stone in an airy claw setting - allowing light to penetrate to the facets from all sides and accentuate its rare petrol blue color. We discovered the jewel in the city of its creation.

Zircon has been known as a gemstone since 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, was one of the first church writers in the late 10th century to associate the twelve gems of the Heavenly Jerusalem with the Apostles: He assigned the hyacinth (zircon) to the apostle Simon.

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