Cubic zirconia is a simulated, man-made gemstone that is yellow in appearance. It was first discovered in 1892, but the mineral wasn’t considered to be of any value. Sometime in the early 1930s, interest in the mineral was revived. It first came onto the market in the late 1970s. At the time, no one had seen anything like it before. Here was a gem that looked reminiscent of diamonds. Given its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most economically important competitor for diamonds.
There are many colors that can be produced with cubic zirconia. And just about any material you find called pink ice or something like that will be a colored version of cubic zirconia. Today, the main use for cubic zirconia is in jewelry, providing beautiful accessories for just a fraction of the price as high-end jewelry, made with real Diamond. The best simulated diamond on today’s market, CZ gemstone offers a combined high value of refractive index, dispersion and hardness (Mohs hardness: 8.5; refractive index: 2.15; specific gravity: 5.8). Like natural stones, cubic zirconia gems vary in color, clarity and cut.
The reduced cost of the gemstone isn’t the only advantage of purchasing cubic zirconia jewelry though, the synthetic gemstone is almost always exceptional in clarity, and equivalent to around Grade F on the Diamond Clarity Chart. Because cubic zirconia is grown in a lab in a controlled environment, if the crystal is not perfect in clarity, it is simply not used. The finest CZs are perfect in clarity. And your CZ gemstone will remain sparkling clear with regular cleaning. CZ can be worn every day and will never get dull or change color.
Is your engagement around the corner? Are you keen on buying diamond rings for your engagement? Is money a matter of concern? If the answer to all these questions is “yes”, then there is a solution for you. Cubic Zirconia is the ultimate option for you. It resembles a diamond, but comparatively cheaper to diamond. Often regarded as an inexpensive diamond alternative, cubic zirconia is distinct in its aesthetic qualities and physical structure because it’s lab-grown.
Cubic Zirconia is much less expensive than your everyday diamonds; however, the brilliance and crystal clarity of it makes it a great alternative to diamonds that cost fortunes to own. If you are a lover of beautiful jewelry made from diamonds but cannot afford to buy one, then cubic zirconia is your best alternative. Not very many people can tell the difference between a cubic zirconia and a real diamond; this is because they are normally made in bright white colors to mimic diamonds, although they can also be made in other colors.