Gold Cubic Zirconia Solitaire with Sidestones Engagement Rings
Although at one time cubic zirconia was looked down upon as a “fake” diamond, today the simulated stones are appreciated for their own characteristics and beauty. Still, many people do not have a thorough understanding of these synthetic gems. Loose cubic zirconia (also called CZ stones) are lab created gems. Cubic zirconia is found in nature, but it is extremely rare and the chemical properties of natural cubic zirconia are slightly different than those of synthetic gems. The simulated stones are made from a powder that is heated to a very high temperature, and then cooled in a controlled environment so that flawless crystals form.
Gold cubic zirconia solitaire engagement rings with sidestones can of course be made from either white gold or yellow gold. The ring shown right for example is a splendid 14k white gold CZ solitaire engagement ring surrounded by smaller stones. The center stone is a full 1.0 carat and approximately 6.5mm in size. Accent stones take the total carat count upto around 1.5 carats.
Complete with a dazzling high polish finish, this lovely cubic zirconia solitaire with sidestones engagement ring will light up the night sky. Picture the scene. A moonlit stroll by the beaches of a desert island resort. The waves gently crash onto the shore and provide a background music of harmony and tranquility. The time is right for you to present this ring.
There are several differences between CZ and diamond. The most notable is that diamonds are found in nature whereas cubic zirconia used for jewelry is man-made. Diamonds rate 10 on the Mohs scale of hardness (the highest rating), whereas cubic zirconia is generally rated at 8.5 on the hardness scale. CZ stones are denser and thus heavier than diamonds.
When it comes to quality, however, these synthetic gems leap ahead of the pack. Whereas most diamonds have what are called inclusions (flaws), the best cubic zirconia stones are flawless. Similarly, colorless diamonds are very rare, whereas the lab created gems are perfectly colorless (although color can be added during the manufacturing process).