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Cubic Zirconia Earrings for Stress Free Glamour

Updated on June 21, 2009

If you're contemplating the purchase of some cubic zirconia earrings, we are not yet sure whether you feel comfortable with it or not, here's what you need to know to save yourself a lot of headaches. First of all, don't feel “cheap” at the thought of buying cubic zirconia rather than real diamonds. This article will show you why. You'll see that for all intents and purposes keeping zirconia earrings are every bit as spectacular as diamond earrings but at a much lower cost. And I'm not only talking about dollars and cents cost. I'm talking about the cost of stress, worry, and concern that can accompany very expensive jewelry. You'll see how side-by-side, in many ways, there's not a lot of difference. Granted, there are some inherent differences between natural diamonds and fake diamonds. It all depends on your intended use, comfort level, budget and understanding, among other things. So it takes a look.

To Most People, There Is No Noticeable Difference Between Real Diamonds and Cubic Zirconia

In a side-by-side comparison between a fake diamond (ie: cubic zirconia) and a real diamond, to most people with someone trained eye, and even some people with fairly well-trained eyes, you're not going to see a huge difference. When it comes to the sparkle and twinkling a diamond is so well-known for, there are two characteristics: fire and brilliance. Fire refers to the flashes of different colors that emanate from the cut stone. With cubic zirconia you will see much more fire than you will with the real diamond. On the other hand, brilliance refers to flashes of white light, and a genuine diamond will produce more of these.

flickr photo by paparutzi
flickr photo by paparutzi

Other than clarity, the other variable when it comes to quality of stones when talking about diamonds is color. Typically, the less color the better. If the diamond were to be ranked D. for color, that would be the best it gets. This kind of diamond is so rare it's virtually impossible to locate. However, cubic zirconia stones are completely clear, making them the equivalent of the worlds greatest diamonds.

Of course they are not “actually” equivalent to natural diamonds. That's because the big difference between a natural diamonds and a cubic zirconia stone is scarcity. Both stones are crystalline structures that are created through immense heat and pressure.  The difference is that a natural diamond takes millions of years to create, and then they must be located and mined.  On the other hand, while cubic zirconia also undergoes tremendous pressure and heat, this occurs in the laboratory. So not only is the quality controlled, but you can essentially create as many of them as you would like. Basic economics of supply and demand tell you that if one item is very scarce while the other is plentiful, the values will be vastly different. This is never more clear than when comparing cubic zirconia to diamonds.

For example, if you wanted to buy an average quality diamond with a weight of one carat you would probably need to be prepared to spend about $4000. On the other hand, the same sized cubic zirconia, you would only need to spend about $10. Clearly, similarity in structure and appearance don't carry over to similarity in cost or value.

flickr image  by bejealousofme
flickr image by bejealousofme

This is precisely the reason why cubic zirconia is often so very popular. Not only for people who cannot afford anything but the most modest sized diamond, but even for people who can afford the largest, most extravagant diamonds. Seriously, could you imagine walking around with real diamond earrings that cost as much as a house? Maybe some people can, but I don't think there are very many. That's why, even for those people who do own that kind of jewelry, they will often have copies made using cubic zirconia. In this way, they can enjoy to brilliance of their jewelry, without stressing about the loss or theft of such a valuable asset. In fact, that makes me wonder... on those really earnings, what kind of posts and backings do they use? I can't tell you how many times I've been around someone who suddenly realizes they're airing just fell out. Man! Would I ever freak out if I just “lost” a six-figure earing! Is it any wonder that cubic zirconia earrings are so popular?

Hopefully you now recognize the value that is offered in such things as cubic zirconia earrings. Sure, the cost is a whole lot less, but there are a whole lot of advantages to that beyond just the budget. What kind of value do you put on being stress-free and be able to enjoy your evening, or outing, or whatever special occasion may call for such brilliant jewelry. And hopefully you also recognize the fact that fine cubic zirconia jewelry can be every bit as stunning and beautiful as the real thing. In fact, I've seen some of the most gorgeous cubic zirconia bracelets you can imagine. While cubic zirconia wedding set might not exactly be appropriate, having one as a backup for trips to the beach or wherever might make a whole lot of sense.

It's your call... I would just hate to see you lose that priceless piece of diamond jewelry when you could have easily used its “stunt double” cubic zirconia earrings or cubic zirconia rings instead.

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flickr image by gemteck1


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