Little Known Facts About Cubic Zirconia Rings
Cubic zirconia rings may not have the glamour nor the glitter of a diamond ring but their sparkle is enough to make any engaged girl happy, especially if she’s on a tight budget. Like any other rings, cubic zirconia engagement rings can be purchased from both high or low-end retailers. But the question remains: what makes cubic zirconia different from diamonds?
The stone known as cubic zirconia is the synthesized version of zirconium dioxide, a ceramic material. Stones made from this mineral usually appear flawless and colorless, although it is possible to add color to them. The pink cubic zirconia rings, for instance, is produced by adding erbium to the mix at the start of the manufacturing stage. Because its properties closely resemble that of a diamond, cubic zirconia has been giving its main rival a run for its money since 1976.
Cubic zirconia and diamonds differ in the size of the stones, which means that a 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement ring will not measure the same as a 1 carat diamond ring. A 6.5 mm zirconia ring is the equivalent of a one carat diamond. Cubic zirconia is also measured in terms of millimeters instead of the milligram of a diamond.
Like diamonds, however, cubic zirconia uses the Mohs scale to determine its hardness. Based on this scale, cubic zirconia rates an 8 on a 1 to 10 scale. Diamonds rate a perfect 10. Because it is as hard as a rock hard diamond, cubic zirconia is ideal for making sturdy jewelry, like men’s rings or cubic zirconia engagement rings.
Cubic zirconia also produces excellent results when combined with other metals like gold, copper, brass and sterling silver. Choosing the right metal setting, however, depends on the wear and tear quality of the cubic zirconia you will be choosing for your engagement ring.
A 14 karat gold is always a good choice with cubic zirconia since you can play around with different colors like rose, white or yellow gold.
A 10 karat gold, which is a lot harder than a 14 karat gold, also mixes well with cubic zirconia along with sterling silver. Avoid mixing it with copper, brass or other cheap metals, however. Not only will your cubic zirconia engagement ring not hold up to the test of time it will also leave that grungy, cheap green stain on your ring finger.
Whatever their color or size, cubic zirconia rings will always make great additions to a girl’s jewelry collection. But it does make a lot of difference if it is your engagement ring you are choosing to buy. Just remember the above-mentioned information and soon you will be choosing that ideal and perfect cubic zirconia ring that will last a lifetime in no time.