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Zircons are rare minerals with a variety of colors. There are crystals of golden yellow, red, brown, yellowish green and sky blue tonality. The color palette of minerals is created by impurities of various metals such as iron, copper, zinc, calcium or titanium. Natural zircons are small, spiky crystals with regular edges.
Refined blue or blue minerals are called starlitas. At the jewelry market there are high-quality starlites, as a rule, no more than 10 carats. To the highest price category include zircons with blue and blue color without a greenish tint. The rarity of such minerals determines their high cost and popularity among true connoisseurs. The color range of starlit sky-blue tones is similar to the bright blue color of Paraiba tourmalines.
Experts consider zircon to be one of the most undervalued gems on the market and predict a rise in value. The precious zircon has yet to gain the maximum market potential, we believe that only a few years have been devoted to this. Already, we are seeing an increase in demand for this gem not only among collectors, but also famous jewelry houses that produce limited items and collections with this beautiful gemstone. The world famous jewelry with zircons from the German company Hemmerle.
The cost of zircons of different color variations is different, but the main pricing factors are: the mass of the stone, purity, cut and most importantly - the degree of color saturation. The most expensive variety is blue Cambodian zircons. Large rich blue, almost blue samples in high-quality cutting can cost $280-450 per carat. A lighter color is in the range of $150-280 per carat. Yellow, red, brown and colorless zircons cost an average of $100-200 per carat.