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What is zirconia? Zirconia and properties.

CIRCONITE: What is zirconia? Everything you need to know: zirconia properties and much more.

As you may already know, there are thousands and thousands of stones in the world and zirconia is one of them. You probably have thousands of questions about why we choose zirconia for some of our jewelry and not other materials or stones, so.... we are going to tell you all about it!

 ZIRCONIA INDEX

1. What is zirconia? Discover the zirconia stone.

2. What is the value of the zirconia? Zirconia and its price.

3. Is zirconite a mineral? Zirconite and its properties.

4. Zirconia: what they really look like.

5. Zirconia: what they really look like.

 

Zirconia texture image for blog on what is zirconia

1. What is zirconia? Discover the zirconia stone.

Zirconite is a gemstone with macroscopic properties similar to those of other gemstones, especially in transparency. The most remarkable feature of this stone is its brilliance and luminosity. It is one of the cubic forms of zirconium oxide, with high hardness. Due to its brightness and versatility in colors (we can find it in many different shades), it is used mainly in the creation of jewelry, and has historically been associated with wisdom and distinction. Do you already know what zirconia is? Let's move on to the next section!

Discover what is the value of zirconia and the price of zirconia

2. What is the value of the zirconia? Zirconia and its price.

To measure the value of zirconia we must follow the "4C" rule, a scale also used to determine the quality of other stones and which takes into account the following aspects:

  1. Carat Zirconia to know what is the value of the zirconia: The zirconia stone has a value of 8 on the Mohs scale, a scale that determines the hardness of stones. To know what is the value of the zirconia we will look at it and the carats that presents the structure of the zirconia.
  2. Clarity Zirconia to know the zirconia and its price: The clearest and most transparent stones are the most valuable. Due to the production processes to which these gems are subjected, zirconites can have certain clearly visible imperfections, but if they are of high quality, their transparency can be much greater than that of other stones, so the price of zirconite changes according to its clarity.
  3. Color Zirconia to know what is the value of the zirconia: It is possible to introduce oxide of colored stones during production to change the color of the zirconia stone, that is why there are and we can often see jewelry of different colors formed by zirconia. This may vary the value of the zirconia as it is an additional step in the production and creation process.
  4. Cut Zirconia to know the zirconia and its price: What determines the quality of the zirconia stone cut is whether it is made by machine or by hand. A hand-produced and evenly cut zirconia stone jewelry will have much more value.

Mineral zirconite in golden rings

3. Is Zirconite a mineral?

Zirconite is a mineral that is created synthetically and therefore of artificial origin. It was discovered by the German chemist Martin Henrich Klaproth and is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium oxide ZrO2. This mineral is created at very high temperatures that can exceed 2700º and in processes that can take more than 5 hours. After that, it is left to temper for a few hours until the crystal appearance appears, which gives it that characteristic light. As we mentioned at the beginning of the post, at the moment of creation it remains transparent, but you can add elements that give it intense and vibrant colors.

It is a gem with special properties and a cubic shape that reflects a lot of light and apparently can remind us of other gems. But the main property of zirconite is that zirconite is produced in laboratories under a meticulous process, which is why it is difficult to find this mineral in a natural state.

Zirconia has become one of the most widely used stones on the market due to its quality and low cost.

Properties of colored zirconia in golden rings

4. Zirconite and its properties

As mentioned above, zirconia is characterised by its crystalline appearance, and these are the main properties of zirconia:

  • The physical properties of zirconia: hardness, density, melting and shape.

As mentioned before, to measure the hardness we will use the Mohs scale, in which zirconium oxide has an 8. Although there are harder stones that are above zirconite on this scale, the hardness property of zirconite is quite strong. Regarding density, zirconite also has a high density, although this does not make it heavier. On the other hand, zirconia stone is transformed at a temperature of 1852 ºC. Finally, we have to highlight the property of zirconia in terms of shape: zirconia is tetragonal and reflects light very much, giving it a lot of brightness.

  • The optical properties of zirconia

The zirconia, as we have mentioned is created in transparent, but can be modified to find it in yellow, blue, green, gold and white tones. In addition, it is a property of zirconia that makes it ideal for creating sophisticated and elegant designs.

An example of this are the Idol Rings that are available in white, the normal state of the zirconia, as well as in black and multicolor, thus demonstrating the different shades in which we can find the zirconia. These golden and colorful rings have a very original shape as they are a 3 in 1, and thanks to the zircons you will get a luminous and sophisticated look.

 

Zirconia stone texture

5. Zirconia: what they really look like.

At first glance, zirconia and other stones can be very difficult to distinguish, but if we make a series of checks we can tell if it really is zirconia.

The first is the so-called "white paper test". First we must place a white paper and draw a black dot in the center. When approaching the stone to this point we will have to observe carefully. If we can distinguish the black dot it means that it is a zirconite, if on the contrary the dot is blurred or not well seen, it means that it is another type of stone.

Another way to distinguish these two similar-looking materials is to focus on their weight. As you know, the zirconia stone can be twice as heavy as other similar stones.

To learn more about how to differentiate between zircons and diamondshow to differentiate between zircons and diamonds, visit our blog post about it HERE.

We hope we have helped you to discover zirconia and that you are now clear about what zirconia is. It is a very special stone and we love to discover the properties of zirconia and other stones with which we create our jewelry. In our blog you will find much more information and curiosities about the stones and materials we use to create LAVANI jewelry.

You can also discover our zirconia jewelry. They are the perfect choice for when you want to shine!

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