Outside of the jewelry business, zircon has actually been used to better understand the history of the planet. Scientists have been able to date this stone as far back as more than 4.4 billion years ago.
Some of the most interesting uses of the stellar stone was during the Middle Ages when superstition was treated as fact. They believed that zircon had powers that would protect people, including being able to help them ward off evil. It was also thought that zircon could make a person wiser or more prosperous.
During the Victorian Era, this stone again became popular. Since it comes in the more muted color blue, it was used by families in mourning.
The stone’s purpose again changed soon after the turn of the 20th century when the jewelry industry began to use the heat treatment. The purpose of this treatment was to make the colors stand out even more. The brighter blue of the stone made it more popular for use in ceramics, in addition to its inclusion in jewelry.
Now, 100 years later, we view zircon as a stone to reflect compassion and confidence. This makes it perfect for December babies.