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Earth Treasures: Jacinth Gemstone

By Chisom Ibemere

Jacinth is also called hyacinth which is a yellow-red to red-brown variety of Zircon used as a gemstone that has been prized for centuries.

Jacinth is a variety of the mineral zircon which is found basically in igneous and metamorphic rock formations in various parts of the world, such as Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Brazil, and parts of Africa. The most prized and valuable jacinth stones come from Sri Lanka.

The word “jacinth” came from the Greek word “hyakinthos,” which was the name of a flower mythologically associated with the death of a young man said to bebbeloved by the god Apollo.

The jacinth gemstone is believed to have been known and used since ancient times, with references found in the Bible and ancient texts.

Jacinth has numerous uses and is a popular gemstone for use in rings, necklaces, earrings, and other jewelry. It has been used to create decorative items such as vases, figurines, and other ornamental pieces.

Most cultures believe JACINTH has protective or magical properties and has been used as a talisman or amulet. It was used for religious and ceremonial purposes.

Jacinth is known for its distinct orange-red to brownish-red color with varying intensity. It has a hardness of 6.5 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, making it a relatively durable gemstone. When exposed to light, it displays a vibrant, fiery color.

Jacinth is known as a valuable and sought-after gemstone, with the highest quality and most desirable specimens coming from Sri Lanka. Its value varies greatly which depends on factors such as color, clarity, cut, and carat weight.

Rare and exceptional jacinth stones can be quite expensive, with the most valuable specimens commanding high prices in the global gemstone market. The global demand for jacinth remains steady, particularly in the jewelry and collectors’ markets.


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