Orange, Yellow-Orange & Red-Orange Zircon


Honey orange to cognac orange colors!
our zircon is a naturally occuring gemstone
-it is NOT lab created

Orange, Yellow-Orange and Red-Orange Zircons come in a range of colors from honey to whiskey to cognac…

They are not to be confused with Cubic Zirconia (CZ) which is a man-made substance.

The name ‘Zircon’ derives from the Persian word ‘zargun’ meaning golden hued. Zircons (and possibly other gems) in the pinkish-purplish-reddish color range were historically referred to as “Hyacinth” or “Jacinth”.

Notable sources for Orange, Yellow-Orange and Red-Orange Zircons are East Africa and Sri Lanka. Many of them come out of the ground in attractive colors and don’t require any heat treatment (see product labelling on each gem).

Zircons have extremely high dispersion of 0.038, which is the optical property that splits light into its component colors. That explains all those flashes of color when we look at these beautiful gems.

Their refractive index (RI) is also very high ranging from 1.81 to 1.98 and they are durable with a hardness of 7-7.5 for ‘high’ zircons.

Natural Zircons are still available at a fraction of the price of most other gemstones, making them the last undervalued gem!

Zircon is December’s birthstone, providing a lot of color choice for December birthdays!

We have many more colors, shapes and sizes available in Orange, Yellow-Orange and Red-Orange Zircons – please contact us if you don’t find what you are looking for in our online inventory.

click here to see a selection of Orange Zircons for sale










Zircon (high):

RI=1.925-1.984 DR

SG=4.70 (+/-0.03)

Zircon (medium): RI=1.875(+/-0.045)-1.905(+/-0.075) DR

SG=4.32 (+/-0.25)

Zircon (low): RI=1.810(+/-0.030)-1.815(+/-0.030) DR


Dispersion= 0.038

note: dispersion is very close to that of Diamond (0.044), making Zircon the
original Diamond substitute


Highly suitable for use in jewelry


We work with both natural and untreated material; some zircon is routinely
heated to enhance color

See policy on Treatment Disclosure

Important information

Extremely bright sparkly
A naturally occurring gemstone – do not confuse with lab-created Cubic Zirconia (CZ)
Excellent value for money






Calibrated up to 8mm
Standard and fancy checkerboard cuts 
and free sizes

Mining locations

Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Cambodia, Burma, Sri Lanka and other localities