The Alchemy of Gemstone Heat Treatment

Transforming Red Cambodian Zircon with the Element of Fire

Justin K Prim
Dec 29, 2019 · 10 min read
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Blue Ratanakiri Zircon Photo Courtesy of Alexey Spirit Yakhlakov
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Banlung, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia Photo by Justin K Prim

Witnessing the Incredible

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Grinding Station Photo by Justin K Prim
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The Burning Lab Photo by Justin K Prim

The Process

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Sealing the Crucible with Cement Photo by Justin K Prim
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The Double Crucible is Ready for the Kiln Photo by Justin K Prim
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Spitting Fire Photo by Vincent Pardieu
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Glowing Crucible Photo by Justin K Prim

The Result

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The Before and After Zircon Photo by Justin K Prim

My Attempt

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Pedal Powered Kiln Photo by Justin K Prim
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Before and After Zircons that I Heated Photo by Justin K Prim

Final Thoughts

About the Author

Justin K Prim

The collected written works of Justin K Prim : Travel…

Justin K Prim

Written by

Gemcutter / Travel Adventurer / Lapidary Historian/ Author of The Heart of Merlin / www.justinkprim.com

Justin K Prim

The collected written works of Justin K Prim : Travel Adventurer / Gemologist / Musician / Author of The Heart of Merlin

Justin K Prim

Written by

Gemcutter / Travel Adventurer / Lapidary Historian/ Author of The Heart of Merlin / www.justinkprim.com

Justin K Prim

The collected written works of Justin K Prim : Travel Adventurer / Gemologist / Musician / Author of The Heart of Merlin

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