Cubic Zirconia - Introduction to CZ
For hundreds of years women have longed for diamond jewelry. In 1953 Marilyn Monroe sang the famous song "Diamonds are a girl's best friend". The lyrics include:
"...But square-cut or pear-shape,
These rocks don't lose their shape
Diamonds are a girl's best friend..."
Well the good news is that imitation diamonds, such as Cubic Zirconia, don't lose their shape either! Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic gemstone. But the cost of Cubic Zirconia jewelry is just a fraction of the cost of jewelry containing real diamonds. The high price of gem-grade diamonds has created a large demand for affordable imitation diamonds which have similar characteristics. Even jewellers cannot tell the difference between a Cubic Zirconia and a diamond with the naked eye! Cubic Zirconia jewelry is extremely cheap compared to jewelry containing real diamonds. So what are the differences between stones created with Cubic Zirconia as opposed to diamonds? What are the Pro's and Cons of Cubic Zirconia jewelry?
Quality of Diamonds compared to Cubic Zirconia (or CZ)
The Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Weight all have a significant impact on the Cost of diamonds because these factors are all used to value the price of a diamond. The Cut, Color, and Clarity are used to measure the quality of the diamond and the Carat is used to measure the weight of a diamond. The elements of the 4C's have been used to compare diamonds and Cubic Zirconia and the comparisons are detailed below.
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