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Colorless specimens that show gem quality are a popular substitute for diamond and are also known as "Matura diamond".

The name derives from the Persian zargun meaning gold-hued. It occurs as a common accessory mineral in igneous rocks (as primary crystallization products), in metamorphic rocks and as detrital grains in sedimentary rocks.

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1.45–1.37 Ga upper Belt-Purcell Supergroup (Missoula and Lemhi groups) of western North America constitutes a plausible correlation with the Tasmanian Mesoproterozoic succession.

If the (unexposed) Palaeoproterozoic basement of Tasmania correlates with the Transantarctic Mountains region of East Antarctica as previously proposed, we suggest that the overlying Mesoproterozoic sequences were deposited during rifting of the supercontinent Nuna, between proto-Australia (including the Mawson craton of Antarctica) and Laurentia as predicted by the most recent palaeogeographic reconstructions.

The U-Pb age dating of detrital zircons from sandstones without making a selection on any basis yields the most complete information about source areas of clastic material in a sedimentary basin.

In some cases the data on euhedral (idiomorphic) and transparent zircon crystals can be useful to clarify the lower age boundary of sedimentation.

Through U–Pb dating of detrital zircons collected from six conglomerate samples from the dinosaur bone beds, we found that the youngest single grain age (YSG) of sample 090414-24-D was 77.3 Ma, representing the maximum depositional age of the dinosaur fossil beds and sediments.