If you love the look of diamonds but can’t afford to splurge on the real thing, you might want to consider buying some beautiful cubic zirconia pieces. Cubic zirconia jewelry offers the same sparkle and brilliance that you get with genuine diamond gemstones but at a fraction of the cost, making it possible for people on even the tightest budgets to add some “wow” to their jewelry collections.
High Sparkle, Low Cost
You’ve probably heard of cubic zirconias but you may not know much about their origins. In fact, cubic zirconias or CZs are synthetic gemstones that are created to replicate the look and beauty of diamonds but at a much lower cost. They are formed using a natural mineral that is melted at high temperatures and then cooled. The resulting material is cut and polished in much the same way as mined diamonds. For the past 25 or 30 years, cubic zirconia stones have been produced commercially to make costume jewelry. Today, cubic zirconias are also sometimes referred to as faux or simulated diamonds. In general, the stones are colorless and flawless and have great fire, which means that a high quality synthetic stone can compete with the highest quality diamonds. You can also buy cubic zirconias in a range of fancy colors, which makes them perfect for statement jewelry pieces, such as necklaces, bracelets, pendants and rings in all shapes and sizes.
The saying may be that “diamonds are forever,” but in fact, they are also not for everyone. While many people appreciate the beauty of the precious gemstones, they may not want to support the diamond industry, since the practice of diamond mining is very controversial and has been linked to rumors of child labor, cruelty and even violent deaths. In addition, the cost of diamonds (which is considered by some to be highly inflated) leaves some jewelry-lovers seeking more affordable options. That’s where the appeal of cubic zirconias comes in. These made-made gems are easy to access and also easy to afford. Better yet, you can easily find them in a range of designs and prices that are sold in a variety of jewelers, department and discount stores and online.
A Growing Trend
Many celebrities are known for wearing fabulous jewels, both on the red carpet and also off it, as well. But even though most can afford to invest in the most precious gemstones money can buy, some of these trendsetters are opting for high-quality, large faux stones.
The affordability and accessibility of cubic zirconias make them a great choice for the largest statement pieces and can also be great choices for people who travel often and want to wear bold jewels but prefer to keep their most valuable jewelry in the safe at home. Better yet, the untrained eye often can’t tell the difference between real diamonds and synthetic substitutes.