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Blue zircon from Cambodia
Despite the rich color palette and the vast geography of precious zircon deposits, it is zircons of blue and blue hues that are valued above all. Blue zircons also have a name - starlit. It is important to note that blue zircons enter the jewelry market from a single deposit located in the north-east of Cambodia in the province of Ratanakiri. Natural zircons are rare, unique gems. They are not widely represented on the world market of stones, and it is not easy to find a beautiful large specimen of rich blue color.
Jewelry zircon combines amazing optical effects:
Dispersion is a game of color flashes in stone. The zircon dispersion index is very high, higher than that of a diamond, which makes it extremely attractive for jewelry. Natural zircons demonstrate stunning fire and flash changes, thanks to which colorless, transparent zircons are sometimes used as substitutes for diamonds.
Birefringence is the effect of split ribs, in zircons it is very strong and visible with the naked eye. In photographs, birefringence may cause a feeling of a de-focused image of a stone. The split-face effect helps to accurately determine zircon from a number of other colored stones.
Price of blue zircons
Experts consider blue zircon to be one of the most undervalued gems on the market and predict an increase in value. Blue zircon has yet to gain the maximum market potential, we believe that this is only a few years. 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 cost of blue zircons is influenced by: the mass of stone, purity, cut and most importantly - the degree of color saturation. The most expensive specimens have a deep rich blue color, lighter stones are cheaper. Large saturated blue, almost blue zircons in high-quality cutting can cost $280-450 per carat. A lighter color is in the range of $150-280 per carat.