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If you're looking for an engagement ring or any fine piece of jewelry, you've probably seen cubic zirconia and wondered exactly what it was. Cubic zirconia, also known as CZ, is an incredibly durable, synthetically created stone that is very similar in appearance to a diamond. Jewelry containing cubic zirconia allows one to have the brilliant look of a diamond for a fraction of the cost.
The biggest difference is that cubic zirconia is synthetically created while diamonds naturally occur. Thus the supply of CZ is unlimited, where diamonds are a finite natural resource. Cubic zirconia being manufactured does give the stone some advantages. There aren't any of the imperfections usually found in diamonds. They also sparkle more than diamonds do, producing more flashes of light.
Cubic zirconia is rated on the same qualities that diamonds and other gemstones are rated by. This includes color, clarity, cut and carat. They don't naturally occur, so there isn't as much variance among cubic zirconia gems.
One reason that cubic zirconia gems are popular is because of how versatile they are. The most popular style is colorless, like a diamond. However, they come in a wide variety of colors. This includes shades of purple, red, blue, green, yellow, and more. This allows cubic zirconia to be substituted for just about any gemstone.
The process of coloring cubic zirconia involves mixing the crystals with rare earths. Elements like cerium, titanium, and chromium are examples of some rare earths used to dye cubic zirconia.
Despite the similar names, cubic zirconia is not the same as zircon. Zircon is a naturally occurring gemstone, which is treated with heat to become colorless and substitute for diamonds. Zircon is less durable than cubic zirconia and may revert to its original color after time.
In the end, cubic zirconia is a high quality substitute for a diamond in many aspects. If you want a beautiful stone for a fraction of the price, or you want a gem that really sparkles, it's an ideal choice.
Eve's Addiction offers a beautiful selection of Cubic Zirconia rings, perfect for any occasion. The most popular CZ rings are the CZ engagement rings, available in a variety of stone settings. The Cubic Zirconia engagement rings start at a low price point, but you wouldn't be able to tell because these rings are stunning. In addition to CZ engagement rings, Eve's Addiction offers engravable CZ rings and birthstone CZ rings, which can be personalized quickly.
Shop all of our cubic zirconia rings today, to find the perfect ring for you or your loved one.