ZIRCON Faceted Gemstone Vintage Golden oval 2.81 cts fgs49
Zircon vintage faceted oval gemstone weighing 2.81 carats and with dimensions 9.2 x 7.0 x 5.0 mm.
The color of this stone is subtle and hard to reproduce in photos, a soft beige with strong highlights of golden yellow. The cutting is superb, and the stone is extremely brilliant with no window that would allow light to leak out the back. It also displays fire, a strong color play caused by dispersion of light.
Zircon has been known and worn for centuries (the old name was "hyacinth"), and zircon is also the birthstone for December. Zirconia, by contrast, is a synthetic material manufactured in huge quantities and used worldwide as a diamond simulant. Naturally occurring gem zircon is quite rare, whereas manufactured zirconia is abundant and very inexpensive.
Zircon occurs naturally in an enormous range of colors, frequently in rocks that may contain uranium minerals, and zircon crystals can trap microscopic amounts of uranium and other radioactive elements in their crystal structure. Exposure to this internal radiation over millennia may eventually destroy the crystallinity of the structure, a process called "metamictization". "High zircon" is crystalline, and "low zircon" is metamict. High zircon displays "fire", which is a play of color created when white light passing through the material is spread out into its component rainbow hues. Diamond is the best known example of a highly dispersive gem, but other stones, such as sphene, demantoid garnet and zircon, also display this property.
Centuries ago it was discovered that gentle heating (even over a candle flame) can irreversibly and permanently change the color of some zircons. All blue zircons owe their color to this process, since naturally occurring blue zircon does not exist. A large percentage of zircon is brownish or yellowish, and in the last few years the jewelry trade has started to appreciate this range of colors for its own merits.
This lovely oval cut zircon is a perfect example of the hue that is quickly rising in popularity. We guarantee the material to be vintage zircon that was produced in the 1970s or earlier, and that Joel had re-cut for brilliancy in Bangkok in the late 1970s. The shipping cost includes insurance.
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We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.
**We automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! All such packages have a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class *** Priority mail is $7.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2016
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $3.60 covers any first class shipment up to 8 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $13.50 for any package weighing from 1-8 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $13.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). Please bear with us for a few weeks while we change our listings to account for the new rates. We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!