What is Cubic Zirconia?


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What is Cubic Zirconia?

Cubic zirconia (CZ) is not a diamond. It is a man-made “synthetic” diamond scientists created from the mineral zirconium dioxide which is crystallized to form the colorless stone. Only trained experts can tell the difference between a real diamond and a simulated diamond, cubic zirconia.

Is Cubic Zirconia used as a Diamond Substitute?

Cubic zirconia is often used as a diamond substitute. It can be made in different colors, and it is less expensive than diamonds. Cubic zirconia cz stones are mostly used to make jewelry and other decorative items.

Created in a lab, cubic zirconia was first introduced to the market in 1975 and it quickly became popular due to its low cost. Cubic zirconia cz has a number of benefits such as being inexpensive and easy to care for. Cubic zirconia cz stones are cheaper than diamonds, but they are also less durable. They can scratch more easily than a diamond, and they lose their shine over a long span of time. It is pronounced zirconia, not zirconium which is the name of an element, not a manufactured gemstone.

How do you tell the quality of Cubic Zirconia?

CZ quality differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, but evaluation is the same as for diamonds:

Color

Clarity

Cut

Carat Weight

Although cubic zirconia grading is handled differently from diamonds, the consumer rarely will be provided with the information to distinguish among the five-tiered system of A (lowest grade) to AAAAA (highest grade) which is used to designate cubic zirconia qualities. 

For those who cannot afford the real thing, cubic zirconia cz offers an affordable alternative. It has a much lower cost than natural diamonds and it can be used as an engagement ring or other jewelry item.