McAfee SECURE sites help keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud, spyware, spam, viruses and online scams

Home » Minerals » Zircon

Zircon


Mineral Properties and Uses



Physical Properties of Zircon

Chemical Classification silicate
Color colorless, light brown to reddish brown, grayish, yellowish, reddish, green
Streak colorless
Luster adamantine
Diaphaneity transparent to translucent
Cleavage poor
Mohs Hardness 7.5
Specific Gravity 4.6 to 4.7
Diagnostic Properties hardness, color, specific gravity
Chemical Composition ZrSiO4
Crystal System tetragonal
Uses metals, gemstone



Find it on Geology.com




More from Geology.com


What Is The Moho?
What Is The Moho? Learn about the interior of the Earth and the Mohorovicic Discontinuity.
Scoria
Scoria is a dark-colored, extrusive igneous rock with abundant vesicles.
Peanut Wood
Peanut Wood is a type of fossil wood found in Australia. Do you know how it forms?
Pumice
Pumice is a rock formed during explosive volcanic eruptions. It has a wide variety of uses.
Bottled Water
The Geology of Bottled Water: It costs 1000x as much as tap water. What are you getting?
Sand
Sand is a diverse material. This gallery includes photos of sand from around the world.
Arctic Ocean Seafloor map
Arctic Ocean Seafloor Map: The ridges, basins, shelves and rifts defining the Arctic seafloor.
US Gemstones
United States Gemstones: A diversity of gemstones are produced in the United States.


Zircon gemstone
Cut brown zircon from Cambodia. Gemstone is approximately .90 carats, and 6 millimeters by 5 millimeters.




More Minerals
  Minerals
  Quartz
  Fluorescent Minerals
  Mineral Identification Chart
  Find Minerals and Gems
  Diamond
  Diamonds Do Not Form From Coal
  Mohs Hardness Scale




© 2005-2015 Geology.com. All Rights Reserved.
Images, code and content of this website are property of Geology.com. Use without permission is prohibited. Pages on this site are protected by Copyscape.