- Sep 20, 2008
That was taken in a combination of indoor and outdoor light.Would you show more of zircon and cuprian together, under normal light setting? The 10/7 post were taken indoor?
Just trying to learn.
I’m glad! I can’t wait to see what you find. Your collection is one of my very favorites!
That was taken in a combination of indoor and outdoor light.
Indoors, the zircon photographs darker with my phone, but it is a very light bright gem. It’s so hard with my iPhone 8 to get a decent photo of it. It’s such a gorgeous gem, it looks fake. It sparkles to the moon. Zircon is a seriously underrated gem.
My best photo of it taken with my husbands better iPhone. Also a photo indoors of the cuprian and the zircon, the latter which looks much better irl. The things most cameras can’t capture, besides sparkle, is luster.
With better camera
Oh, we have a same geriatric phone!
Does your zircon, dare I say it, has a slight steely undertone?
I went to see a blue zircon in person and FAKE is the word for it. I liked it when it was fully “on” but then it muted like a medium dark indicolite next to my mediocre Paraiba. That was a bit disappointing and I had high expectation. The cut of that zircon was decent too. Maybe it wasn’t the best example and I need to see one that’s lighter in tone and higher in saturation…?
Zircon is known for the sparkles, not glow?
Well cut is important for this gem so it doesn't go "off"?
Sorry for many questions. TIA.
It can look steely, but I like that. I think it holds its own against the paraiba because of the incredible light return and luster. It’s the color of a deep blue aquamarine, which tend to be slightly grayish. Paraibas are all about color, since many are very included, and lack the sparkle or luster of a well cut zircon. I appreciate both gems for their finer attributes.
I’m not sure what you mean by your stone “muting” in certain light, because that zircon always has so much light return, it’s incredible. Maybe it’s the way it’s cut???
Thanks. I guess color is priority for me at the moment and that comes before light return and luster. Having them are great bonuses...if I like the color first, no?
Here is the zircon. The cut isn't terrible but I'm sure your round is better. It's a deep cut but doesn't have a completely flat crown. These were taken under indoor yellow and natural combo light. I didn't get to see it outdoor.
Maybe it has too much green?
It’s lovely. I tend to gravitate toward pastels though, which is more the tone of my zircon. They are often cut very bottom heavy, which is why many are great candidates for recuts..
I believe lapudaries can orient the stone so that it doesn’t show as much double refraction. Not sure, but double refraction can make a stone look blurry.
Interesting. Blurry not = glow, right?
No, blurry is not what destroys gemstone glow. Typically gems “glow” when they have intense or vivid color like a nice paraiba. My zircon does not glow. Think of a pale blue diamond, fine luster, sparkle and brilliance, but it doesn’t “glow” as they’re often grayish. My zircon is similar. I used to try and figure out why people loved certain gems even though they weren’t vivid in color, and we all like what we like, but I think some people are just extremely attracted to luster/brilliance in a well cut and polished gem. Your stone is very deep, which deepens saturation, and hence tone, therefore that’s why it probably “closes up” in some lighting as you state. I found my zircon as part of a pair recently, and swiped them up because I haven’t seen a diamond cut blue zircon in a long time.
Thank you for sharing your CS experience and being patience with me. That's a nice pair. I will not give up on finding the right one quite yet, lighter tone and better cut..
I guess that I'm still in the minimal to no brown/grey tone stage. Maybe I would catch up with the pastel and the trendy grey hue stages, eventually.
Hope your oversea project is going well and can't wait to see what that is. Good luck!
I just picked this up today, and am very pleased! I took my a previous e-ring setting (I switched to platinum) and a small garnet ring that no longer fit and was in a too-dainty-for-me setting, and combined the two. I think it gives the garnet much more presence.