We've been in Cambodia for a fair bit of time now, part of the reason we've not been updating much.
It's VERY hot over here. Though nowhere nearly as humid as Singapore, the Sun seems to scorch through everything. It's almost as if there is a giant magnifying glass over the city, focusing the rays upon us.
Be that as it may, this is home to a unique gem - one found nowhere else on Earth - Blue Zircon.
Not too long ago, this brilliant gemstone was practically unknown in the gem world. Since its introduction at the major gem trade shows, however, demand has soared.
We are fans of blue gems and the Blue Zircon of Cambodia is especially eye-catching. With a refractive index higher than even that of diamond, it has a brilliance and fire that is unrivalled.
To get the blue colour, rough zircon (coloured anything from brown to red) is heated and then allowed to cool. As with all things in nature, this process produces unpredictable results. The resulting zircon may become yellow, colourless or, hopefully, blue.
What's special about Cambodia's Zircons is that they are the only ones that can turn blue. This phenomenon is, as yet, not fully understood.