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Look Like A Million Bucks By Wearing Cubic Zirconia

Updated on October 22, 2015

Add a little sparkle and bling to your wardrobe without breaking the bank! Cubic Zirconia offers all the "wow" of a brilliant diamond without the expense. But what exactly is a cubic zirconia and where do they come from? Here's a sneak peek into the world of this amazing stone!

Zirconia Is Custom Designed

Unlike diamonds which are hewn out of the earth, Cubic Zirconia is made in the laboratory. Cubic Zirconia or CZ (as they are often referred to) are free of inclusions and are beautifully transparent. If you want that brilliant, life giving fire, a colorless CZ will refract the light and look to the naked eye like a perfect, natural diamond.

CZ's Are Tough

A true diamond will cut glass. A cubic zirconia? Not quite a hard but much more dense than a traditional diamond. Most CZ's are cut in typical diamond shapes however you often see CZ's in unusual fashion colors which enhance your wardrobe without all the worry.

Why Bother With Blood Money?

If the source of your stone is important then a cubic zirconia is definitely for you. Some in the diamond industry is notorious for its shameful treatment of its workers. When you choose to buy a CZ instead of a diamond you are not only saving money you are expressing a decision of conscience. Do you really want your engagement, birthday or anniversary jewelry to be possibly connected to the harm of others?

All in all, cubic zirconia offers and amazing option in fine jewelry. Remember though, CZ quality can vary so buy from a credible source. Compare your CZ with a similar diamond of color, clarity, cut and carat. The untrained eye can rarely tell the difference between cubic and a true diamond but your wallet will thank you for the immense savings!

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    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thanks Cynthia. You have great initials. That's a good idea to add more information about zirconium.

    • techygran profile image


      4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I love the fact that CZ is the same as my initials and that Zirconium almost sounds like it may have grown from the same roots as my husband's family name (Zirkwitz), and I have always appreciated that it wasn't part of the bloody and oppressive diamond-procurement trade.

      How did it get the name "Zirconium"? Who was the brilliant person who came up with the idea of 'making' a diamond? I'd be interested to see that information in your article (if you were willing to edit it in).

      Good work! ~Cynthia

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love diamonds, but since they are so costly I own some CZ pieces. CZ costume jewelry is so pretty and shines just as bright.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Glad you enjoyed the article. Thanks for stopping by.

    • beta5909 profile image


      4 years ago

      I don't have any Zirconia but I'll certainly check it out. It's reasonable and that works for me. Thanks for the inside scoop on it.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Hi Rachael I know I feel the same way! Thanks for stopping by. Happy New Year.

    • RachaelOhalloran profile image

      Rachael O'Halloran 

      4 years ago from United States

      I love Cubic Zirconia, own several pieces and ever since I read about Blood Diamonds, I love it even more knowing I'm not contributing to that faction. This was a very good article and I love that photo! It is gorgeous and who would know it wasn't a real diamond unless they were told. CZ is that convincing.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Happy New Year to you too.

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      4 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I have several pieces of jewelry with zirconia. They are pretty

      Thanks for following me and for sharing this hub.

      Happy New Year.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Yes Carol, using CZ is an affordable way to build a jewelry collection. I have both real diamonds and CZ's. I like using CZ's for jewelry that I use everyday.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Yes peachpurple you can look like a millionaire's wife.

    • Carol McCullough profile image

      Success In Life 

      4 years ago from U.S.

      Beautiful jewelry and great ideas to start a jewelry collection.

    • peachpurple profile image


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      it sure is, looking like a millionaire's wife

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Hi MsDora, you are right it is very difficult to tell the difference.

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Since it's difficult for most people to tell the difference, and one can look just as good for less, I vote for the CZ. Thanks for the facts!

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thank you SusanDepper. I really like wearing CZ's too.

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      That set that you feature above is beautiful! I have no problem at all with wearing CZ and think it's actually a very good idea.


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