What is Cubic Zirconia?
Cubic Zirconia is best known as the synthetic diamond substitute. Visually similar in appearance to that of diamonds, cubic zirconia is often mistaken for the precious gemstone. Lab created, this gem actually differs drastically in quality, price and physical structure and it is these differences that has led to the increase in popularity of cubic zirconia jewellery.
Made up of the cubic crystalline form of zirconium, CZ is created inside of a lab under specific conditions. Whilst diamonds are a natural occurring gemstone formed deep within the earth’s upper mantle.
The rarity of diamonds in the marketplace means that they are typically high valued products that come at a cost and as a result are usually a one off purchase. Cubic zirconia stones on the other hand are more readily available and at a fraction of the price of that of diamonds.
Cubic Zirconia vs Diamond
But how do you tell the difference between CZ and diamond? To the naked eye, both of these gemstones can look almost identical. Take a closer look however and you will see that there are in fact vast differences between the two.
Upon inspection of both stones in natural light, you will see that diamonds have more brilliance. This means that they give off more white light than cubic zirconia, which gives off a more notable rainbow coloured light.
Ask an expert to differentiate between the two and they will likely focus on the stones imperfections. A flawless diamond is almost impossible to find whereas CZ is usually always completely flawless.
How to Care for Cubic Zirconia?
Caring for your cubic zirconia jewellery is as easy as 1,2,3. Here at Scarlet Ocean, we recommend cleaning CZ by using a little bit of washing up liquid and warm water. Using a soft brush, gently remove any stubborn marks that have been unable to be lifted by the soapy water. Complete the cleaning process by rinsing the jewellery under non-soapy warm water for a polished finish.
Once cleaned, simply dry your jewellery with a lint-free cloth and store in a cushioned protective jewellery organiser to protect against scratches and other damages. Just like diamonds, CZ can be scratched if not taken care of properly.