Cubic Zirconia also known as CZ is a man-made synthetic gem which imitates the beauty of diamonds. It was first discovered by two German mineralogists in its natural setting in 1892 however they did not think the mineral was important enough to name it. In 1977 Russian scientists discovered how to produce these gems synthetically using zirconium oxide and other stabilizer materials and since has had major impact on the jewellery industry.
Cubic Zirconia is flawless and colourless as diamonds and has many characteristics which is an affordable alternative to diamonds, it is recognised from flawless internal as diamonds have some internal imperfections and slight yellowish colour depending on its clarity.
It is durable for everyday wear and tear although softer than diamonds, can scratch over time and is 75% more heavier than diamonds. Jewellers are able to detect CZ from diamond as diamond is an excellent thermal conductor and CZ is a thermal insulator. Diamond is cold when touched against your lips.
It is a popular gemstone used in all jewellery such as earrings, pendants, bracelets, and rings due to its flawless look of diamond and ideal for fashionable items with its low price. It is usually colourless however as it is manmade and can be made in nearly any colour including soft pink, blues, greens and reds. It is said to bring sense of balance and aura to one’s life.
Wealthy women in showbiz use cubic zirconia as they can wear jewellery items with large replica style diamond when travelling without the security risk of losing them or getting it stolen.
The largest manufacturer or CZ is in Thailand and china whom have the largest laboratory to make this gem. Many people wanting the diamond look opts for CZ without the hefty price tag of diamond.
Cubic Zirconia Care
Cubic Zirconia is a durable material however it will need some care to make sure that it always looks its best. Cubic Zirconia jewellery should be kept in a soft pouch or jewellery box when it is not being worn to prevent scratching and damage. To clean Cubic Zirconia jewellery rinse thoroughly with water and dry with a soft jewellery cloth.