Cubic zirconia is a visually stunning gemstone. This gemstone is not only popular for its appearance but also for its affordability. So much so that it is used as an inexpensive substitute to diamonds. It is believed to be especially good for people born in April, and have many positive effects on the wearer.
Let’s take a detailed look at the qualities and uses of Cubic Zirconia:
Sources of Cubic Zirconia: Cubic Zirconia is supplied in abundant quantities from China and Thailand. Since these gemstones are synthetically created in a laboratory, their availability is not specific to certain geographies. While diamonds are found in many places in the world, Cubic Zirconia’s largest factories are in China.
Grading system: Like other gemstones and diamonds, Cubic Zirconia is also evaluated by the Four Cs, namely, Colour, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight. The system of grading is five-tiered, with A being the lowest grade and AAAAA being the highest grade. Grades are often seen by wholesalers while purchasing Cubic Zirconia, but they are not referred to by retailers.
Usage for engagement rings: If you’re looking for a cheaper option for your engagement ring, but one that has almost the same fiery brilliant appearance as a diamond, Cubic Zirconia is a good bet. Keep in mind though that it is not as durable as diamonds and some other gemstones such as rubies and sapphires. It can also be set in earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets, provided they are not worn on a daily basis.