Crystal of the Day for July 14th is Zircon

Crystal of the Day

Zircon


                                            (Colorless, yellow, brown, red, blue, green, orange, violet and pink)

Zircon is named from its containing the element, zirconium; which was named from the Persian, “zar” (gold) and “gun” (like) which translates “like gold”.

Hardness: 6.5-7.5              
Specific Gravity: 3.9 – 4.7            
Chemistry: ZrSiO4 Zirconium Silicate
Class: Silicates                 
Crystallography: Tetragonal             
Cleavage: imperfect in 2 directions
Fracture: conchoidal, very brittle               
Streak: white                  
Luster: adamantine, vitreous, greasy         


Healing: Zircon is used in treating issues related to the central nervous system and the sciatic nerve. It is also used in the mending of bones and muscles. Zircon has also been used as a antidote for poison.

Workings: The Zircon is known as the “Stone of Virtue” for it brings one’s virtues back into balance. Zircon is said to aid sleep, bring prosperity, and to promote honour and wisdom in its owner.  It is a great stone to carry when engaged with a project and/or goal. Zircon is associated with the astrological signs of Virgo, Leo and Sagittarius. It vibrates to the number 4.

Chakra applications: Zicon is used to energize the Base , Solar Plexus and Throat chakras.

Foot Notes: Zircons are commonly slightly radioactive due to trace amounts of uranium and make prime, geochron age indicators. They are earth’s oldest-known mineral. The typical simple crystal of zircon is a tetragonal prism terminated with four sided pyramids at each end. The prism may be lacking and the crystal can look octahedral.
Zircon is one of the heaviest gemstones, which means that it will look smaller than other varieties of the same weight.
Natural Zircon with good color and transparency is uncommon; most Zircon crystals are opaque and brownish. Most Zircon gemstones, especially the blue and white forms, are enhanced by heat treatment.
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Author: Crick