Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December’s Birthstone! Striking Zircon!

Zircon in Jewelry: Zircon comes in a large variety of colors, which makes this gem perfect for jewelry making. Yellow-brown to orange and red zircon are the most common. Blue is the most popular, but its color is obtained through the heating of brown zircon. Zircon is commonly confused for being a diamond.

Legend and Lore: Zircon’s name is derived from Persian word “zargun” meaning golden-colored. Throughout the years, many have wondered if Zircon is a dangerous crystal due to its radioactivity. It has since been proven that there is very little to no danger when it comes to these crystals. Especially when Zircon is in jewelry or on a small scale, there is truly no need to worry about health risks.

Revealed by Man: Zircon is the oldest known mineral on the planet, dating back 4.5 billion years. The oldest piece of Zircon was found in Australia, but Cambodia, Brazil, Korea, and Madagascar are also large sources for the beautiful gem. 

Touchstone Gallery invites you to view our current offerings of zircon and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at  

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