Cubic Zirconia Stones: Top Guide to Simulated Diamonds
Looking back now, I think it is amazing that once upon a time, cubic zirconia was looked down on as a “fake” diamond. Today, the same cubic zirconia stones are now acknowledged and loved by many for their unique attributes and charm. Unfortunately, quite a number of people still have no idea or appreciate the awesomeness of these stunning gems. Below are answers to some common questions about this stimulated diamond known as cubic zirconia.
What is Cubic Zirconia?
Cubic zirconia is a beautiful stone that is found in nature, but it is extremely rare. Cubic zirconia (also called CZ stones) are also laboratory created gems. The chemical properties of natural cubic zirconia are slightly different than those of synthetic gems. The simulated stones are made from a powder that is heated to a very high temperature/ They are then cooled in a controlled environment so that flawless crystals can form.
How are CZ Stones Different from Diamonds?
Cubic Zirconia is different from diamonds in several ways. For example, diamonds are found in nature whereas cubic zirconia used for jewellery is often man-made. Diamonds rate 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness (the highest rating), whereas cubic zirconia is generally rated at 8.5 on the hardness scale. CZ stones are denser and therefore heavier than diamonds. When we talk about quality, you will be amazed to know that these synthetic gems leap ahead of the pack! You see, most diamonds have what are called inclusions (flaws), however, the best cubic zirconia stones are flawless. Likewise, colourless diamonds are very rare, whereas the laboratory-created gems, cubic zirconia, are perfectly colourless. Although colour can be added during the manufacturing process.
Are all Cubic Zirconia Stones the Same Quality?
Like diamonds, loose cubic zirconia stones are rated according to quality. For example, cubic zirconia stones that are rated “AAAAA”, are the best quality simulated stones. Meanwhile, CZ stones that are rated “AAA”, are next in terms of quality, followed by the A-grade cubic zirconia.
Are Zirconia Stones Available in the Same Cuts as Diamonds?
Cubic zirconia stones are cut so that they have the same appearance and capacity as diamonds. The most classic cut of both diamonds and CZ stones is the round brilliant, with 58 facets and the ability to reflect light. Stones with a marquis cut are typically twice as long as they are wide and have a point on each end. A pear-shaped cut resembles a teardrop combines the faceted brilliant cut of a round stone with the elongated look of a marquis stone. Similarly, the oval cut has the sparkle of a round brilliant but is oval rather than round. The octagon cut, also known as the emerald cut, has stepping stone facets that reflect light more subtly. A square cut is sometimes called a princess cut and has pointed corners.
How is Loose CZ Used?
Jewellery makers buy loose cubic zirconia at wholesale prices; they then use a variety of materials to transform the synthetic gems into beautiful accessories. CZ stones are used in engagement rings, wedding rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, solitaire rings, and even ankle bracelets. Coloured cubic zirconia is also used in a variety of fashion jewellery, including earrings and as side stones in rings. Settings are often made from 14-karat gold, 18-karat gold, sterling silver, or platinum.
Often times, cubic zirconias almost always have the same effect as a diamond on the recipient. They do look very nice and cubic zirconias can also be used on rings and pendants. If you do not know much about jewels then you can easily confuse a cubic zirconia jewel for a diamond jewel. But you will notice the difference when you feel the weight of each of these jewels. As mentioned earlier, cubic zirconia is about 3 times heavier then a diamond jewel. This means that almost anyone can tell the difference between cubic zirconia and a diamond when they hold them. But when looking at them it is almost impossible to tell the difference if you do not know what to look for.
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