Cubic Zirconia Rings – Overview

Cubic Zirconia Rings – Overview

Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires… All of these naturally mined and rare stones are guaranteed to carry a hefty price tag. But are there any cheaper stones that carry the same brilliance, clarity and hardness? Yes! Specifically, cubic zirconia or CZs. Cubic Zirconia is well known to be a ‘dupe’, or a cheap man made ‘diamond’. Keep reading to find out more about this lab made wonder of a stone. 

What is cubic zirconia and how is it made?

Cubic Zirconia is similar to diamond in terms of its brilliance, clarity, hardness and color. It is, however, a man-made crystal of sorts that is made in a lab using an element called Zirconium. The element is put under immense pressure and heated to thousands of degrees in order for the stones to form. This process is almost identical to how natural diamonds form underground. The stones were first produced in 1976 as an alternative to expensive diamonds and are widely used today in jewelry and in lab equipment. 

Cubic zirconia vs. diamonds 

First things first: Diamonds are naturally formed underground and then manually mined while CZs are man made in a lab. CZ’s origins don’t affect the way they look compared to a diamond and it is very difficult for the naked eye to tell the difference between the two. There are a few differences, and these include hardness, cut, color and brilliance.

Hardness: A diamond is widely known to be the hardest natural substance on earth and even though the cosmetic differences between this natural marvel and CZs is hard to distinguish, the hardness and durability just doesn’t measure up. Diamonds are ranked a 10 out of 10 on the hardness scale while a CZ is about an 8. 

Brilliance: The quality of a stone is greatly affected by it’s cut and how light reflects off of it. An engagement ring that catches the light in just the right way is sure to attract many compliments. Diamonds are eye catching because they are so ‘shiny’, and this is a result of their inner crystalline structure. Rings made with CZs will not garner the same reflective and sparkly appearance as light passes through, and bounces off, CZs in a different way.

Cubic Zirconia Rings 

The main difference between purchasing a ring with CZs and not other naturally mined stones is the price. CZs are well over 100 times cheaper than diamonds! One great way to take advantage of this, if you still want a diamond ring, is to get a copy made of your ring using cubic zirconia. This is a good idea if you’re the kind of person who frequently engages in physical activity and gets your hands dirty. Another great reason to get a cubic zirconia ring is its wear-ability while travelling. If it gets stolen from your luggage or pick-pocketers, you still have the original back home. Another aspect to consider about purchasing a cubic zirconia ring is that you have assurance of the stones being conflict free. Many of the world’s diamond mines are situated in conflict zones which use underage workers, and the funds produced from them are used for illicit dealings. CZs are made in a lab so are 100% ethical. 

Whether you’re in the market for a cubic zirconia ring as a cheaper option, as a replica of an existing ring or just to expand your collection of jewelry, browse Jenna Clifford’s collection today on jennaclifford.com. 

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