Forever Brilliant® Moissanite Vintage Inspired Round Eternity Band-White and Rose 14 Karat Gold

Round Eternity Band White and Rose Gold
Forever Brilliant® Moissanite Vintage Inspired Round Eternity Band White and Rose Gold
Forever Brilliant® Moissanite Vintage Inspired Round Eternity Band White Gold
Forever Brilliant® Moissanite Vintage Inspired Round Eternity Band White Gold

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Elegantly crafted this lovely eternity ring features sparkling, round cut Forever Brilliant gemstones framed by a gleaming oval shape frame that are set in a linear pattern in an glamorous, open shank. This dazzling design features 14 stones measuring (2) 1.1mm, (4) 1.2mm, (4) 1.5mm, (4) 1.6mm and is available in your choice of yellow, white or rose gold or two-toned gold!

 This ring is sure to become a heirloom she will treasure for a lifetime. 
 All Forever Brilliant moissanite stones ship with a certificate of authenticity and limited lifetime warranty card issued by Charles & Colvard

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FAUX SAPPHIRE HALO 5A CUBIC ZIRCONIA GOLD ENGAGEMENT RING

This stunning ring features a brilliant round faux blue sapphire center stone which measures 7 MM or 1.25 total carats and is surrounded in a classic pave halo setting of 26 small 5A cubic zirconia stones to create this elegant masterpiece! This setting is available in your choice of gold or platinum. Screenshot2016-01-14212605-1See it here

The Asscher Cut Forever One Moissanite by Charles & Colvard!

From Charles & Colvard:

Asscher cuts were first developed in 1902 by Joseph Asscher, and became most popular during the Art-Deco movement following World War I. This historical 58-facet design mimics the emerald cut, but offers increased sparkle with its unique octagonal shape.

New moissanite Asscher cuts feature 65 facets to accompany this gems’ double refractive crystalline structure, offering more than twice the brilliance and fire of diamonds.

If you are interested in an Asscher cut gem, keep in mind you will want the highest clarity available since an Asscher cut has a large table and is step-cut. This type of cut creates a hypnotic mirrored pattern to showcase the clarity of the stone.

Forever One™ moissanite presents an ideal gem choice to enjoy the look of the Asscher cut, offering excellent clarity – each stone visually flawless to the naked eye.

Asscher cuts symbolize a history of wealth and royalty, from the famous Krupp Diamond worn by Elizabeth Taylor, to the Cullinan Diamond created for the Crown Jewels.

Modern Hollywood stars like Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow have brought the Asscher cut back into the spotlight in recent years, donning the look for their engagement rings.

Asscher cut moissanite makes its debut just in time for jewelry designers to stay on top of the latest styles, as Art Deco inspiration comes back in today’s top fashion and jewelry trends.

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!

All 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.
For more information regarding the quality of our CZ, please email us at info@myfauxdiamond.com.IMG_6029

 

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

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. 

Flaws: 

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.

History:

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. 

Formation:

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.

Price:

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.

Production: 

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

THE HISTORY OF DIAMONDS:

The earliest diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC, although the youngest of these deposits were formed 900 million years ago. A majority of these early stones were transported along the network of trade routes that connected India and China, commonly known as the Silk Road. At the time of their discovery, diamonds were valued because of their strength and brilliance, and for their ability to refract light and engrave metal. Diamonds were worn as adornments, used as cutting tools, served as a talisman to ward off evil, and were believed to provide protection in battle. In the Dark Ages, diamonds were also used as a medical aid and were thought to cure illness and heal wounds when ingested.
Until the 18th century, India was thought to be the only source of diamonds. When the Indian diamond mines were depleted, the quest for alternate sources began. Although a small deposit was found in Brazil in 1725, the supply was not enough to meet world demands. ( Source: brilliance.com)
The story of the modern diamond market really begins on the African continent, with the 1866 discovery of diamonds in Kimberley, South Africa. Entrepreneur Cecil Rhodes established De Beers Consolidated Mines Limited 22 years later, in 1888. By 1900, De Beers, controlled an estimated 90 percent of the world’s production of rough diamonds.
A diamond has to go through a lot before it reaches the jeweler’s display case.
Surprisingly, diamonds share some common characteristics with coal. Both are composed of the most common substance on earth: carbon. What makes diamonds different from coal is the way the carbon atoms are arranged and how the carbon is formed. Diamonds are created when carbon is subjected to the extremely high pressures and temperatures found at the earth’s lithosphere, which lies approximately 90-240 miles below the earth’s surface.

Gem diamonds are commonly judged by the four C’s: Carat, Clarity, Color and Cut.

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5 Things To DIY Instead of Buy For Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can totally consume you with excitement, yet it can very quickly become very stressful. Any way you look at it, DIY (Do It Yourself) started way before someone came up with the actual concept and marketed it. Today, DIY weddings are all the rage and the main purpose of doing a DIY wedding, is to add some beauty without breaking the bank. Here are 5 things that you can do on your own,instead of spending money on.

5. Framed Blackboard Wedding Program

One of the reasons to do this is because paper programs are often thrown away. Having a chalkboard in the lobby, at the door of the church, or reception, adds fun, charm, and it’s a great communication tool.

4. Ribbon-Tied Chairs

You don’t need to break the bank on having all the chairs in the reception or ceremony decorated. With the selection at a craft store to chose from, all you need to do is purchase colors that your bridal party of wearing and tie the ribbon to each chair where the ribbon will flow in the back of each chair.

3. Place Cards

Today, place cards don’t need to be so fancy. You create the template, and you create the style in which you would like to use. For example, it can be as simple as a cardstock piece of paper, or as creative as using Instagram photos of your guests. The point is, it’s up to you to get creative and you can save money on this part of the budget.

2. Welcome Bags

Whether you have out of townees or family/bridal party staying over at the hotel, the welcome bags are easy to make and won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make either! You can chose from paper gift bags, to cloth bags, to even plastic tote bags, the choices are endless. With dollar stores springing up everywhere, picking up soap, shampoo, advil, etc, to fill the bags won’t cost you a bunch either.

1. Photo Albums

There is no need for you to have photographer put together the photo albums for your parents, in-laws, and your memories anymore. With sites online such as, Shutterfly, Smugmug, and Snapfish, putting together the priceless moments, has become easy, painless, and less costly.

Written by: Stephanie Dolce (Sassygirlpr.com)