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The Complete Guide to Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings

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Cubic zirconia engagement rings are a less expensive alternative to traditional diamond or gemstone engagement rings. A cubic zirconia stone has the sparkle and shine of a diamond, and to the untrained eye, they appear identical. Because of these characteristics, cubic zirconia is a popular choice for couples on a budget who want the classic look of a colorless, dazzling diamond.

What Exactly Is Cubic Zirconia?

Cubic zirconia is a synthetic, colorless gemstone that is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. Unlike diamonds, which are naturally occurring gemstones, cubic zirconia is manufactured in a laboratory by melting zirconium oxide powder with stabilizers such as magnesium and calcium.

Cubic zirconia enables you to select high-quality, low-cost materials capable of imitating the appearance of real diamond jewelry at a fraction of the cost. If you want a stone with everlasting brilliance, a high-quality cubic zirconia can beautifully mimic the look of a diamond and even sparkle like one.

Pros and Cons of Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings

The most appealing feature of cubic zirconia engagement rings is their low cost, as well as their striking resemblance to the appearance of a real diamond. There are, however, a few significant differences. It is critical to understand that the surface of cubic zirconia is easily scratched, as opposed to a diamond, which can only be scratched by another diamond! Surface scratches on cubic zirconia will cause it to lose its luster over time.

Because cubic zirconia resembles diamonds, brides can get a larger stone without spending a fortune. However, if you want to keep the illusion, don't go too big. A trained eye can easily distinguish the sparkle of a cubic zirconia from that of a diamond. The way light passes through both stones, reflects from their surfaces, and disperses differs: cubic zirconias almost create a rainbow effect.

What to Look for When Purchasing Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings

Here are some questions and answers to consider before buying a cubic zirconia ring.

  • Is cubic zirconia suitable for use in an engagement ring?

    If you want the look of a diamond but can't afford it, cubic zirconia is a good alternative.

  • Which is more valuable, moissanite or cubic zirconia?

    Moissanite is a more durable mineral than cubic zirconia, but it is also more expensive and sold at a lower clarity. Furthermore, moissanite is a colored stone, whereas cubic zirconia is colorless and can be mistaken for a diamond. Cubic zirconia is a good choice if you value appearance over longevity.

  • What stones, cuts, settings, and materials complement cubic zirconia the best?

    Because a cubic zirconia engagement ring is inexpensive, pairing it with other less expensive but durable metals such as sterling silver or stainless steel can help keep costs down.

  • How do I know if a cubic zirconia ring is of good quality?

    It will be a colorless stone with no hints of color or imperfections, similar to a diamond. It will also be extremely sparkly, with rainbow flashes in its light return. It will not be chipped, scratched, or otherwise damaged.

  • What is the price of cubic zirconia rings?

    For less than $100, you can find a high-quality, stunning cubic zirconia engagement ring.

How to Look After Your Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring

While they may appear identical, cubic zirconia is not a diamond. Diamonds are the hardest known material in the world, making them extremely durable and resistant to damage, resulting in a lifelong investment.

Diamonds are rated 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, while cubic zirconia is rated 8-8.5. Because cubic zirconia is a softer stone, it must be handled with extra caution to avoid scratches to the stone's facets. When it comes to cubic zirconia jewelry, keep it away from water, chemicals, and perfumes. These liquids have the potential to seep into the stone and setting, causing damage, deterioration, and/or cloudiness.

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