Why smart people buy cubic zirconia engagenent rings

Why wouldn’t you want a stone that was more beautiful than a diamond? The common reason is that cubic zirconia is cheap. Give someone an engagement ring of cubic zirconia and you are not demonstrating your willingness to be extravagant for your love. Diamonds are valued because of their cost.

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Why smart people buy CUBIC ZIRCONIA engagement rings! Forbes Magazine 

Why wouldn’t you want a stone that was more beautiful than a diamond? The common reason is that cubic zirconia is cheap. Give someone an engagement ring of cubic zirconia and you are not demonstrating your willingness to be extravagant for your love. Diamonds are valued because of their cost.

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The Difference Between Moissanite and Cubic Zirconia

What is the difference between Moissanite and Cubic Zirconia?

This question we hear often.  It is true that both moissanite and cubic zirconia are imitation diamonds which are man made.  Other than this, the difference between these stones far outweighs their similarities.

First, we should discuss the difference in the make-up or the composition of each stone.  Moissanite is silicon carbide, a compound with chemical formula SiC. On the other hand, cubic zirconia is zirconium dioxide, ZrO2. Moissanite is composed out of silicon and carbon, whereas CZ in its crystal lattice contains zirconium and oxygen. Diamond is pure carbon. If you compare both of them to diamond, moissanite comes much closer.

Which stone is brighter or has more fire and ice? Due to the structure of a moissanite stone it is naturally doubly refractive, which increases the amount of light dispersion from the stone, making it a brighter stone then both the diamond and a cubic zirconia.

The color of the stones is significantly different. Cubic zirconia is a perfect, flawless and pure white stone.  This is another clear way to distinguish the difference between CZ and moissanite.  Due to the complicated process of production, moissanite stones are neither perfectly white and transparent, nor flawless. They often possess slight greenish or even yellowish hues, along with some imperfections in the structure. For this very reason, moissanite stones are that much closer to a genuine diamond vs. a cubic zirconia.

What is the difference in the stone’s durability or hardness? Even though all three stones, moissanite, diamonds, and cubic zirconia, are relatively hard, that does not mean they are unbreakable. The hardest and most durable is of course the diamond with the maximum possible hardness of 10 on the corresponding scale. Moissanite is dangerously close with 9.2, and the least hard of them is CZ with 8-8.5.

Finally, there is a significant difference in the cost between these stones.  As you know, cubic zirconia costs significantly less than both moissanite and diamonds.  If you are looking for beautiful jewelry but want to stay in budget both the CZ and a moissanite may be a better option over a diamond.  The 5A rated cubic zirconia (highest quality) costs approximately $100 per carat.  A moissanite stone is approximately 10% of the cost of an equivalent diamond of the same carat weight.  Moissanite stones have maintained their value over the past 20 years and would most likely make a better investment over a cubic zirconia. IMG_0818

Everything You Need To Know About Cubic Zirconia!


Quality of Cubic Zirconia:

When you are looking to buy cubic zirconia, you should first look at the quality of the stone carefully. When assessing the quality of cubic zirconia, you can go by the same “4C” scale that is used to grade diamonds. The four Cs to consider when choosing a quality cubic zirconia are carat, clarity, color, and cut.
 Carat Weight of Cubic Zirconia:
A cubic zirconia with the same dimensions as a diamond is about 1.7 times heavier than the diamond. When the weight of cubic zirconia is given in carats, the number actually represents the carat weight of a true diamond of the same size. This is to standardize the scale so that the comparison between cubic zirconia and diamond is easy to make. Some cubic zirconia stones are measured by stone size rather than carat weight.
 Cubic Zirconia Clarity:
 All cubic zirconia in jewelry is manufactured synthetically, since it is not a mineral that exists in a naturally abundant and pure form. Low-quality manufacturing processes causes stones to be cloudy or have visible imperfections. Colored cubic zirconia can have uneven colors or tones, so the clearest and most evenly colored stones are the most valuable.
 Colored Cubic Zirconia:
 When synthesized by a quality manufacturer, cubic zirconia is usually clear. It is possible to introduce elements and oxides to color stones during manufacturing. The mostly highly valued cubic zirconia stones have even color and tone. Unlike colored diamonds, which are exceptionally rare, cubic zirconia is affordable and available in a variety of colors.
 The Cut of Cubic Zirconia Stones:
Cubic zirconia can be hand-cut or machine-cut. For the best looking and most sparkling cubic zirconia, facets are cut evenly and precisely. The standard cut for cubic zirconia is the brilliant cut, but the stones can also be cut in other styles such as the trillion, princess and radiant styles. Quality cubic zirconia is hand-cut, not machine-cut, since machine cutting can cause stones to be hazy, poorly polished or have poorly arranged facets.
Cubic Zirconia Rating System:
 The “A” System of Rating Cubic Zirconia When buying cubic zirconia, assess the quality by weight (carat), clarity, color and cut. The quality of cubic zirconia can also be measured by a separate system with six categories. The six categories used to describe the quality of cubic zirconia are: AAAAA or 5A is the highest quality, AAAA, AAA, AA, A and AB, the lowest quality. The highest quality stones are hard and clear, while the lowest quality stones are cloudy and soft. Most cubic zirconia stones sold today are rated as AAA quality stones. Jewelers can find customers higher quality AAAA and AAAAA stones, if desired.  A majority of the Cubic Zirconia used in the settings we offer are 5A Cubic Zirconia.
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The Difference Between Cubic Zirconia and Genuine Diamonds…

What is the difference between a genuine diamond and cubic zirconia? 

 Although very different in other properties, cubic zirconia and diamond appear similar to a lay person because of their outer appearance and high refractive index. Fact is, diamond is a very expensive, naturally occurring substance, whereas cubic zirconia is manufactured and a less expensive jewelry substitute for diamonds. Diamond is an allotrope of carbon. It is the hardest known natural substance. Its hardness and high dispersion of light make it useful for industrial applications and jewelry. Diamonds make excellent abrasives because they can be scratched only by other diamonds. Because all these qualities and its rare natural occurrence the cost of diamonds is very high. 

 To substitute expensive diamonds in jewelry, a cheaper alternative was found to be Cubic zirconia as we would call it. CZ is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide(ZrO2), is a mineral that is widely synthesized for use as a diamond simulant. The synthesized material is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors. It has close visual likeness to diamond and is relatively less expensive. 

Electrical and Thermal Conductivity:

Diamonds are electric insulators and excellent thermal conductors. Cubic Zirconia are thermal insulators. Color Diamonds are generally found with a yellow or brown tinge in them, this is due to the nitrogen found in them. The color depends on the concentration of nitrogen or other such substitutes in the diamond. The really colorless diamonds are the ones which are free of any flaws and usually rare. Cubic Zirconia on the other hand being a synthesized product, can be made absolutely colorless. It can be given the grade ‘D’ which is the best quality diamond on the diamonds color grading scale. 


Dispersion of Cubic Zirconia is higher than diamond making the prismatic fire more intense in it. Diamond dispersion is 0.044 while CZ is 0.060. Specific Gravity Cubic zirconia crystals are heavyweights in comparison to diamonds; a cubic zirconia will weigh about 1.7 times more than a diamond of equivalent size. Refractive Index The refractive index of cubic zirconia is lower than that of a diamond. It has a refractive index of 2.176, compared to a diamond’s 2.417. Cubic Zirconia is a fine alternative today to diamonds. 


All diamonds have some kind of defect, it can be a feather, an included crystal or a remnant of an original crystal face (e.g. trigons). Cubic zirconia on the other hand are synthetic and hence are virtually flawless.


Diamonds are a natural material and are thought to have been first recognized and mined in India (Golconda being one of the first places), where significant alluvial deposits of the stone could then be found along the rivers Penner, Krishna and Godavari. In the twentieth century, experts in the field of gemology have developed methods of grading diamonds and other gemstones based on the characteristics most important to their value as a gem. Four characteristics, known informally as the four Cs, are now commonly used as the basic descriptors of diamonds: these are carat, cut, color, and clarity.  Cubic Zirconia is not a natural material but is a synthesized form of zirconium oxide. 


The formation of natural diamond requires very specific conditions. Diamond formation requires exposure of carbon-bearing materials to high pressure, ranging approximately between 45 and 60 kilobars, but at a comparatively low temperature range between approximately 1652–2372 °F (900–1300 °C). The depths of craters in which diamonds are formed are estimated to be in between 140–190 kilometers (90–120 miles) though sometimes it can be much more than this too. Long residence in the cratonic lithosphereallows diamond crystals to grow larger.  Cubic zirconia on the other hand is a man made product. Baddeleyite was discovered in 1892, the yellowish monoclinic mineral baddeleyite is a natural form of zirconium oxide. In 1930, stabilized zirconia was obtained after stabilization of zirconium oxide had been realized. Seven years later, German mineralogists discovered naturally occurring cubic zirconia in the form of microscopic grains included in metamict zircon. As with the majority of grown diamond look-alikes, the conceptual birth of single-crystal cubic zirconia began in the minds of scientists but it was later in 1960s in France when research into controlled single-crystal growth of cubic zirconia occurred. The Soviets later perfected the method and called it skull crucible and named the jewel, fianit, though the name was not used world wide. Their breakthrough was published in 1973, and commercial production began in 1976. By 1980 annual global production had reached 50 million carats (10,000 kg). The method is still used today with some variation.


Due to the qualities of diamonds and their rarity, the cost of diamonds is very high. CZ is relatively cheaper. As a diamond simulation, CZ only has competition from the recently discovered moissanite.  While a flawless 1 carat diamond would cost about $7000 or more, a flawless 1 carat CZ can be purchased for less than $10.


Gem production totals nearly 30 million carats (6,000 kg) of cut and polished stones annually, and over 100 million carats (20,000 kg) of mined diamonds are sold for industrial use each year, as are about 100,000 kg of synthesized diamond. De Beers owns or controls a significant portion of the world’s rough diamond production facilities (mines) and distribution channels for gem-quality diamonds. De Beers and its subsidiaries own mines that produce some 40 percent of annual world diamond production. At one time it was thought over 80 percent of the world’s rough diamonds passed through the Diamond Trading Company (DTC, a subsidiary of De Beers) in London, but presently the figure is estimated at less than 50 percent.

 The rating system for CZ stones has been updated from when it was first discovered, helping buyer purchase high quality CZ which can hold it’s brilliance longer. To learn more read About Cubic Zirconia  or email us at info@myfauxdiamond.com!9b3b6001-f556-4870-8401-a4d400acae6c

Lab Says it Makes D Flawless Diamonds, But Does it? (reposted from IDEX online)

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We get many questions about lab created diamonds vs. cubic zirconia…

Please shop carefully…We have always been up-front with our customers that we sell cubic zirconia jewelry-rated 3A and 5A.

Lab Says it Makes D Flawless Diamonds, But Does it?


GIA Synthetic Diamond Grading Report…

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The Truth Behind “Diamond Coated” Cubic Zirconia!

Buyer Beware; Stone Coatings – A hoax?

 Some manufacturers try to improve the quality of inferior stones by coating the stone with a “film of diamond-like carbon known as DLC”. In fact, what this does according to Wikipedia is “… quench down the fire of Cubic Zirconia…” Fire in layman’s terms is sparkle. According to Wikipedia “its refractive index is high at 2.15–2.18 (compared to 2.42 for diamonds)” and “its dispersion is very high at 0.058–0.066, exceeding that of diamond (0.044)”. Without getting more technical, Cubic Zirconia has more sparkle than mined diamonds! I certainly don’t want to tone that down.

Some jewelers will claim they coat their synthetic or simulated stones with a very thin layer of diamond. No matter what they call it this is known generically as “amorphous diamond”. This results in “an upper layer that is both simulant and man made diamond”. This does nothing for the quality of the stone’s clarity, cut or hardness. Simply stated, put a new coat of paint on an old jalopy car and it will still dent and not run well. Coatings don’t help the beauty of the core stone. In fact, it is not even a coating because the process results in a layer that is both the original stone and a vapor of man made material. Some inspections by industry watch-dogs state it was “…an unidentifiable coating.”

 Diamond-like carbon (DLC), in mineralogy known as Amorphous Carbon, is the name used for coal, soot and other impure forms of the element carbon that are neither graphite or diamond. The coating places or only mixes particles with the top layer of the Simulant Diamond Molecules that are less than one fifth of a human hair end. This is only enough to diffuse light.

 In fact it prevents light from shining into the diamond by reflecting light from the outside. Diamonds get their brilliance, sparkle and fire from light penetrating into the stone and bouncing off theinterior facets. It is like placing a chrome tint over your car windows, thus preventing light from entering the stone.

 The claim that coatings add hardness to the stone are confusing at best. If it is a complete coating then it may extend some resistance to abrasive wear. But since it usually is an infusion of diamond like carbon and does not completely coat the surface, abrasion will still readily occur.  While some small degree of scratch resistance may be detectible with scientific equipment, on a practical level of day to day wear, it is my professional opinion that no genuine resistance to abrasion is achieved.

 Finally, DLC or Amorphous carbon is not designed to strengthen for impact. So if you bump your stone against something it has no more “hardness” or protection against breakage than an untreated stone. No practical measure of protection is achieved. All stones can chip even Mined Diamonds.

 A discussion about diamond coatings would be incomplete if it did not address the coloring of stones. Some stones are coated with a color (yellow, pink, black, etc.). The coating can be used to hide imperfections and impurities in the stone. Be careful since colored stones with colored coatings can hide cloudy stones and stones with poor fire and sparkle.

My advice is to just buy a great quality Synthetic or Simulated Diamond, without any gimmicks, from a jeweler you trust.

Originally Shared Suzan Flamm MJSA

The Itsy Bitsy Spider…The Hopeless Romantic!

If you were a fringed ornamental tarantula or a nursery spider, your potential mate might present you with a delicious insect wrapped in scented silk.  This is considerably less romantic for the insect in question, but many an eight-legged lady has enjoyed what passes for spidery wedded bliss upon receipt of such a gift. Some boy spiders, however, are unwilling to commit and try to trick the girls with bits of grass or dried out ants.  This is generally considered bad form.


The male kingfisher offers his beloved a carefully chosen fish—which he first swallows, then displays to his birdy love face-first.  Size matters to the discerning female kingfisher, who will ignore a fish she deems too small.  Females who are too picky will find themselves fishless, as the males will often get bored and eat the fish themselves, much like a human male with a pizza.


Several other bird species engage, pun intended, in mate feeding, sharing tasty seeds and meal worms beak-to-beak.


Luckily, our methods of expressing love and commitment are a lot less reliant on dead bugs and regurgitation.


The custom of giving an engagement ring goes back thousands of years- some people think that the amorous caveman would spend two-months salary on grass rings he believed would give him control of his fiancé’s spirit (cavemen were not known to be especially liberated thinkers).  Ancient Rome, however, is more reliably credited with the creation of the custom that evolved into what we know today.  Roman brides-to-be were given two rings, one of gold for public appearances, and one of iron for day-to-day, ‘round the villa wear.  Both signified her ownership by the groom, a sentiment that is commonly frowned upon now.


7th Century Visigoths considered the ring to be binding, as described in their Code: “… although nothing may have been committed to writing, the promise shall, under no circumstances, be broken.”


The Visigothic Code also decreed that “women advanced in years shall not marry young men.”  Historians differ on whether or not the Visigoth Cougar had a problem with this.


13th Century England saw some young men taking a page out of the fickle tarantula’s book, tricking young ladies into “marriage” with rings made of rushes (though to be fair, these ladies would probably not have appreciated a nice juicy fly).  The Bishop of Salisbury put a stop to that by declaring rush ring marriages legally binding, which at least one writer lamented in typical Olde Englishy fashion: “Well, ’twas a good worlde, when such simplicitie was used, sayes the old women of our time; when a ring of a rush would tie as much love as a gimmon of golde.”  This translates to “But dude, gold is expensive!” in Modern English.


Diamonds were a late addition to the engagement ring game.  One of the first recorded presentations of a diamond to seal an engagement was in 1477, when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a ring featuring an “M” crafted out of slivers of diamond.  They were still too rare and inaccessible for most people, however, and over the next few centuries vied with other gemstones and even human hair (the Victorians were very strange people).


The popularity of the diamond engagement ring as we know it today began to take hold in the late 1800s with the discovery of diamond mines in South Africa and the invention of the Tiffany Setting, a six-pronged design intended to raise the stone from the band, allowing it to catch more light.  Over the next hundred years or so, the diamond became a standard symbol of true love and diamond engagement rings a best seller at jewelry counters from Sears & Roebuck to Cartier to Wal-Mart.


Most people today are acquainted with the concept of the blood diamond, a topic that Peacock Lane recently covered.  The 2000s saw the creation of the World Diamond Council, intended to “prevent the exploitation of diamonds for illicit purposes such as war and inhumane acts.”  Opinions on the effectiveness of this council differ, but as we’ve previously noted, a reputable jeweler should be able to provide a potential buyer with solid assurance that a diamond is ethically sourced.


When we think “engagement ring” today, the brilliant cut diamond solitaire is the image mostly likely to come to mind—but today’s rings are as varied and unique as the people exchanging them.  Cubic Zirconia offers a conflict-free, economical, and insect-free option to couples looking for a perfect, lasting symbol of their love.


Peacock Lane Jewelry (aka The Bling Ring Bride) offers a huge variety of Engagement Ring styles, available in a rainbow of colors—all in top quality 5A Cubic Zirconia…  Visit www.peacocklanejewelry.com today and take a look!