Diamond is valued for its cost. Initially it was applauded for being a stone that refracts sunlight and disperses the white light into its component colors. Hence, the visibility of different colors from different angles of the stone as you move it. Today, other man-made stones can also accomplish that and provide even a better dispersion and therefore a better shine. Cubic zirconia is one such lab created stone. Costing negligible when compared to the real earth found diamond, cubic zirconia, popularly known as American diamond, matches the beauty standards that the real gemstone has to offer. So the value that the diamond holds lies only in its rarity.
What is cubic zirconia?
Cubic Zirconia or CZ is chemically zirconium dioxide in its cubic crystalline form. Synthesized in labs, it is an optically flawless, hard and colorless material which could also be manufactured in a variety of colors. Due to its isomorphic nature, it can be doped with other elements that give zirconium dioxide an external color.
Where is cubic zirconia used?
Most popular diamond simulant, it is used as a solitaire is pendants, rings and studs. It can be cut and shaped in a variety of structures and hence used in necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other ornaments. CZ jewelry incorporates all modish designs and keeps up with the latest trends in jewelry.
What is the difference between cubic zirconia and real diamond?
- The major difference lies in the fact that diamonds are mined from nature where cubic zirconia is man-made.
- The chemical composition between the two differs – one is carbon, the other is zirconium dioxide.
- Real diamonds are more brittle making American diamonds less liable to forming cracks.
- Cubic zirconia comes in a range of colors as compared to the real ones.
- Diamond is the hardest substance known to man. Though hard, CZ is not as hard when compared.
What is it smart to of buy CZ jewelry?
My grandmother used to tell me a story about the degradation in the price of pearls. When pearls were initially found, they were prized extremely high due to the scarcity of their formation and the ageing it took for pearls to be naturally fashioned. But the practice of culturing of pearls either by putting little seeds into captive oysters or by having them manufactured in factories led to the cost diminution of pearls.Pearls today have not lost their luster physically, but have figuratively. With the advancement of technology leading to manufacturing of real diamonds (crystallized carbon atom) by artificial means,the actual price of this gemstone have already reduced when compared to naturally found diamonds. It is not far when they will lose their monetary value because the aesthetic value of it is well maintained in high grade American diamonds. Then heirlooms will hold only sentimental values.
Moreover, travelling diamonds are not mined but lab-curated which makes them very environment friendly substances. Improper mining may cause soil erosion and could contribute to agricultural problems as the upper layer of the soil containing a lot of nutrients is washed away in erosion.
Just like clothing, jewellery fashion also has a short shelf life. Personally, one would always like to be up-to-date with fashion trends and standards. It is hence wiser to purchase CZ jewellery time to time than spending millions in diamonds.After all, No one asks how much your solitaire cost you.