What is Cubic Zirconia?
Cubic zirconia (also called CZ) is a synthetic crystalline substance used as a reasonable substitute to diamonds.
Though much less costly than diamonds, the brilliance and crystal clarity of cubic zirconia make it one of today's most popular stones for an attractive-yet-inexpensive, diamond-like jewelry.
Cubic zirconia is a man-made substance and not a mineral. And it is considered as natural gemstone zircon and most demanding by consumers as jewelry like cubic zirconia earrings, necklaces and rings.
Cubic Zirconia History
In 1937, German mineralogists revealed the natural mineral form of the gemstone in a single site. It has never been originate in nature again.
The present synthetic version of cubic zirconia is a crystalline form of the metallic element zirconium dioxide. It was first shaped in a laboratory in 1977.
Cubic zirconia crystals are made by melting zirconium dioxide and powdered zirconium together by heating them up to 4,982 ºF.
Cubic Zirconia – Quality
- Like other gemstones, cut, size and shape influence how light is refracted and will affect the stone's brilliance.
- Unlike diamonds, cubic zirconia is replicated to be perfect. CZ can be effortlessly structured, free of additions, totally transparent and possess a brighter fire.
- Cubic zirconia does not have cleavages, making them less brittle and susceptible to chips and cracks than diamonds.
- Cubic zirconia tends to contain more flashes of color than the typical diamond.
- CZ's very high refractive index and transparency mimic the look of the most expensive diamonds in clarity and brilliance.