Stone, minerals and semiprecious of the world stone
Silicate: Zircon -->rus

   Diagnostic cart.
   Two standards of zircon: the crystal habitus of this mineral is well visible as a short prism, square in a section.

   Zr SiO4
   Crystal structure tetragonal
   Hardness on the Mohs scale 6,5-7,5
   Specific unit weight mass 4,55-4,67
   Cleavage not clear
   Fracture, break padman
   Colors colourless, polycoloured (multicoloured)
   Colors in powder triturate white
   Glance (glitter, glare) from glass to semidiamond

   Zircon is known from ancient times. Got the name from Persian zargun - gold stone. High refraction and strong dispersion stipulate a bright game, near to the diamond. A mineral is very fragile and requires a carefulness at cutting. A considerable admixture of radio-active elements (U, Th) is reason of oscillation of physical properties.

   Green zircons under act of the radio-active elements contained in them sometimes suffer considerable changes and violations of structure, so that become almost amorphous (metamict, of or denoting the amorphous state of a substance that has lost its crystalline structure as a result of the radioactivity of uranium or thorium within it).

   A hyacinth is a rather yellow-red or russet variety of zircon. Starlit is a blue variety, got artificially by burning. A reddish-brown, grey, green, blue, or colourless hard mineral consisting of zirconium silicate in tetragonal crystalline form with hafnium and some rare earths as impurities. It occurs principally in igneous rocks and is an important source of zirconium, zirconia, and hafnia: it is used as a gemstone and a refractory. Formula: ZrSiO4.

   Brown Zircon of different tints, sometimes white, colourless, rarely red, green, yellow, gold, black. Zircon contains uranium and thorium - elements of radio-active group, able to radiate alpha-particles. Disintegration of radio-active elements condition damage of crystalline lattice in this semiprecious stone. On this account it is necessary to distinguish valuable zircons with an uncrippled crystalline lattice from those, whose lattice is damaged bombardment radio-active particles.

   Valuable zircons are attributed to the "high type", while other group (its representatives, as a rule, are opaque or examine with x-rays) behaves to the "low type". First, usually transparent, orange-brown, rose, greenish, blue or colourless, used as jeweller stone.

   The crystals of zircon have a short-prismatic habitus; completions are often crowned the verges of bipyramid (dipyramid). Rarer crystals can be extended or consisting only of bipyramid (dipyramid). Typical brilliance - from glass to semidiamond. Zircons differ not clear cleavage, padman fracture and enhanceable fragility. Colouring of zircons (which they are under an obligation radio-active and rare-earth elements) is especially sensible to heat treatment due to which from rose-brown it is possible to get wonderful blue or goldish yellow zircons.

   Chemical composition (chemistry, compound)-maintenance (in %): ZrO2- 67,1; SiO2-32,9; the admixtures of hafnium (alvite), yttrium, cerium, phosphorus, niobium (naegite), tantalum, thorium, uranium are ordinary (malacon, cyrtolite). Transparency - is transparent (yellow, gold transparent Zircon is a hyacinth), translucent, opaque. Crystal structure - tetragonal, ditetragonal-dipyramid, bipyramid type of symmetry. Cleavage - non-existent or noperfect absolute on (110).

   Occur in nature as the well cut pointed crystals of long-prismatic and dipyramid, bipyramid habitus. Main simple forms: (110), (100), (112), (101), (211) and (331). There are twins to on (101), rarely to on (111) and (211). The genicular are sometimes developed and cruciform, sheaf-like and radially-radiant accretions. Sizes of crystals usually small (a few millimetres), the large are consider zircons more than 1 sm.

   Diagnostic indication.

   Some zircons are photosensitive. They lose colouring on to light and able to restore it, if them again to place in darkness. In nature more frequent than all there are greyish- and reddish-brown zircons; colourless stone are very rare. In the countries of South-east Asia by burning of brown varieties at 800-1000oC get colourless and blue zircons. Colouring, arising up at burning, not always is steady. Ultraviolet or sun light can cause its discolouring. Such minerals are alike on Zircon, as Aquamarine, Cassiterite, tinstone, toad's eye, Chrysoberyl, Hessonite (Cinnamon stone), Sapphire, Sinhalite, synthetic Spinel.

   Origin provenance genesis.

   Zircons are ordinary minerals of orthorocks, especially granit and appearing due to them metamorphic rocks. The crystals of small size appear in pegmatites. Main deposits of stone of jeweller quality - placer.

   Deposit minefield mine field occurrence subsoil.

   Industrial beds of jeweller stone are in alluvial pebbles shingle Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand. The beautiful copies of zircon are found also in Australia, on Ural and in Norway. Deposit of minefield mine field occurrence subsoil zircon (mainly placer) meet in Kampuchea, Burma, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and also in Australia, Brazil, on Madagascar, in Tanzania, Vietnam and in France (Overhead Loire).

   The use is on jeweller business.

   As jeweller stone the transparent beautifully painted zircons are used. The stake of jeweller zircons makes an insignificant percent from all of volume of their booty. Zircons, except for colourless, are processed exceptionally as an oval or rotunda the mixed or diamond cutting, modified by addition of fasings, mainly in a large tent. Demand on zircons and their cost not stable, popularity of hyacinths is permanent. It is given colourless zircons usually diamond, and coloured - step cutting. Synthetic zircons are of interest only for scientific aims. Green zircons, rare at the market of jeweller stone, are very valued collectors.

Zircon. Rounded grains from kimberlite. Russia. A photo: © A.A. Evseev.


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   Can stormily react with water

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