Cubic Zirconia (also known as CZ) is similar to a diamond with its brilliance and crystal clarity. It is created in a lab yet it dazzles with a brilliant sparkle like a diamond.
Cubic zirconia is colorless, hard, and flawless and most cannot tell the difference between a cubic zirconia and a diamond with naked eyes.
It looks so much like a diamond and is an affordable alternative to diamonds. It is clear and flawless enough to rate a "D" on the diamond scale for color.
Cubic zirconia started being produced in 1976 because of its diamond-like qualities and overall durability.
Cubic zirconia is not a diamond though it is difficult for the naked eye to tell the difference between a cubic zirconia and a diamond.
Many people, unless they have a trained eye or a special instrument, cannot tell the difference between the two.
It is a stone that is as brilliant as a diamond but much more affordable. It is almost as hard as diamond on the Mohs scale of hardness. Cubic zirconia is an 8.5 and a diamond is a 10.
Compared to diamonds cubic zirconia is more affordable. However, today these stones can come in exceptionally high quality and be priced rather high.
To determine the price of cubic zirconia, you would have to know what the carat weight is. They are not priced nearly as high as diamonds, but they can be quite expensive.
As with anything, some cubic zirconia stones are better than others, and the only real way that it can be distinguished is through a jeweler’s loupe (a magnifier).
Cubic zirconia is easy to care for and requires little effort to maintain. Avoid rough handling and store items of jewelry separately to avoid scratches. Wash gently in lukewarm soapy water.