Cubic Zirconia Gemstones

Cubic zirconia is a man made or synthesized material, with an appearance remarkably similar to diamond, but at a fraction of the cost. Cubic zirconia gemstones are mostly colourless, but stones can also be found in range of tones, including rose, champagne, lavender and even black. The appearance and price of cubic zirconia gemstones make them very appealing to non-professional jewellery makers.

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About Cubic Zirconia

Cubic zirconia are man made gemstones, that have the appearance of diamond. In fact Cubic zirconia stones are sometimes referred to as Diamonique. Cubic zirconia is what is called a synthesized material, sometimes also called a "simulant" (sim for short) by some vendors. Along with moissanite, cubic zirconia is considered to be one of the closest man made gemstones to diamond. It is optically flawless, and offers real sparkle and depth of clarity. It is also extremely durable, and harder than many other gemstones. However, unlike diamonds, cubic zirconia can actually be scratched, although usually only with special tools such as a carbon scriber used for testing gemstones. To get a bit technical, cubic zirconia is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide and is special in that it is crystallographically isometric. For me and you, that means the crystal shapes and perfectly formed to give sparkle and depth. Man has attempted to create synthetic diamonds for years, but it was only through the successful develoment of cubic zirconia, from around the 1970s, that a synthetic diamond imitator could come close.

Cubic Zirconia Gemstone

Typical Cubic Zirconia Uses

If you are making your own jewellery, cubic zirconia offers a wonderful chance to work with a stunning, colourless stone, without the stunning diamond price tag! But since cubic zirconias are considerably cheaper than diamonds, it may well be tempting to "buy large". However, cubic zirconia is 75% heavier than diamond, so if you're attempting to make a delicate piece, it's best not to go too large.

Cubic Zirconia Jewellery

Almost any type of jewellery that could include a diamond is also suited to using cubic zirconia, but of course at a fraction of the cost. It is particularly fashionable at the moment to marry cubic zirconia with silver, or even white gold.