1 Carat Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings
Comprising of a main CZ stone that weighs at least 1 carat in the form of a single stone in the case of a solitaire engagement ring or alternatively as one accompanied next to side-stones, 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement rings are tremendously popular and are sure to get your friends abuzz with wedding talk. In part, their charm can be attributed to human psychology and this is because the thought of purchasing and wearing a 1 carat ring is much more appealing than one that is ‘only’ 0.8 or 0.9 carat. In the case of diamonds, this psychology is one of the reasons why their cost is not linear as their size increases. All other things being equal, a 1 carat diamond stone will not be simply twice as much as a 0.5 carat stone. Rather, there will be an added premium to pay on the larger stone as it crosses the 1 carat ‘milestone’ target.
CZ on the other hand, being a manufactured stone, is not subject to the laws of economic scarcity that diamonds are and you can freely peruse a great selection of cubic zirconia engagement rings that fit the 1 carat bill with the peace of mind that they are all within a reasonable budget.
How Big Are 1 Carat Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings?
One of the first aspects to clarify when discussing 1 carat cubic zirconia engagment rings, is the difference between carats, karats and maybe even carrots!
When used in the context of precious stones such as diamond, emeralds, rubies and all those other wonderful gemstones, the term ‘carats’ refers to the weight of the stone. At this point it is probably well worth noting that weight is not the same thing as size. How often have we seen individuals vaunting over a soon-to-be-wed lady’s ring and commenting on what carat it must be based on the size of the stone.
The fact of the matter however is that depending on the cut of the stone and even how it is mounted on the band, a great deal of the mass of the stone can be obscured from view with only a small face actually on display. Thus what on a cursory inspection can appear to be a small stone is in fact simply one in which much of its mass is hidden from view. Such is the case for example with the classic round cut which ‘hides’ much of its weight in the ‘Pavilion’ part of the cut below the flat ‘Table’ part that bedazzles would-be admirers.
Such differences in weight and size are also the case in 1 carat CZ engagement rings. Now, the 1 carat weight refers specifically to any gemstone that weighs 0.2 grams or 200 milligrams if you prefer. In order to figure out what this means for the size of 1 carat cubic zirconia stones, we need to also know the density of cubic zirconia and this is generally between 5.5 to 5.9 grams per centimeter cube.
Using 5.7g/ cm3 as the average, a 1 Carat CZ = 0.2g / 5.7g * 1cm3 = 0.0351 cm3
Another way of looking at this relationship is that if you had a 1cm3 lump of cubic zirconia, it would be equivalent to 5.7g/ 0.2g = 28.5 carats.
In other words, a 1 carat CZ stone weighs 0.2g and occupies 0.0351cm3 of space. This would be the case if the story ended here but the story however, does not end here. The fact is that cubic zirconia is widely regarded as the diamond simulant stone of choice and for this reason, it has become industry standard that when we talk about a 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement ring, we mean one that features a CZ stone that looks similar to a 1 carat diamond stone of similar cut!
To understand this we need to consider diamond briefly. The density of diamond is 3.52g/ cm3.
Thus 1 Carat Diamond = 0.2g / 3.52g * 1cm3 = 0.0568 cm3
You can see that a 1 carat diamond occupies more space i.e. is bigger than a 1 carat CZ. Therefore in order to simulate a 1 carat diamond stone, engagement rings that are referred to as ’1 carat cubic zirconia’ actually contain more than 1 carat of cubic zirconia!
Returning back to the discussion on carats, karats and carrots, when used in the context of gold bullion and jewelry, the term ‘karat’ refers to the purity of the metal with 24 karat being pure gold and 12 karat for example being comprised of 50% pure gold and 50% base metals such as copper, zinc and silver even.
Carrots of course are a kind of vegetable and have nothing to do with jewelry, gold bullion or engagement rings. It is amusing none the less to see how many people do make this spelling mistake when searching online for ‘1 carrot cubic zirconia engagement rings‘!
1 Carat Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Band
Since it is should now be well and clearly understood that the 1 carat terminology is a function purely of the CZ stone itself, any choice of band can be used to mount the stone upon without changing the fact that the ring is of ’1 carat’.
Depending on your fiancee’s preference, this could be a rose gold, yellow gold or white gold 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement ring. If gold is a bit pricey for your liking, you can opt for a silver 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement ring.
Platinum 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement rings whilst possible are not very common and this is because platinum bands are very expensive and CZ is a very cheap stone. Not many people seem to be looking for that combination. It seems if folks have that kind of budget to spare, then compromising on the platinum band by choosing gold instead and upping the CZ stone to a real diamond is the way to go!
1 Carat Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Cut
Following the discussion above regarding how a given 1 carat gemstone’s size and ‘apparent’ size is related to its cut, density and mounting, combined with the fact that CZ is sized to simulate diamond, it makes interesting reading to see how this affects princess cut 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement rings and round cut 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement rings.
1 Carat Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Type
Ordinarily when people are out shopping by carats, the kind of ring they have in mind is a classic 1 carat cubic zirconia solitaire engagement ring. Three-stone engagement rings don’t really make sense in this case as the objective is to have one sizeable stone that fits the 1 carat bill and not to have it chopped up into 3 parts. An alternative however could be a 1 carat cubic zirconia solitaire engagement ring with sidestones. Finally, for those who like to stick with old-world charm, replica 1 carat vintage cubic zirconia engagement rings can be quite classy and novel.
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