Gold jewelry never goes out of style. It looks beautiful on any woman and is the ultimate amalgamation of classic beauty, wealth and style. In days gone by, gold jewelry was strictly the preserve of kings, queens and noblemen but thanks to the numerous forms in which gold cubic zirconia engagement rings are available nowadays (such as plated gold, gold filled, gold coated jewelry or gold jewelry of a lower karat), all of us can adorn ourselves in its splendour. Renowned for its gleaming luster and denseness, gold is the softest and most pliable natural metal. In its purest form, gold is bright yellow in color, but it is often mixed with other metals, such as silver and copper, to not only create a more whiteish hue but also form a more durable alloy that protects it from deformation, scratching and everyday wear and tear. A timeless classic, gold CZ engagement rings are an affordable statement of personal style, beauty and sophisticated elegance.
Yellow & White Gold CZ Engagement Rings
Since the natural color of pure gold is yellow, the traditional color of gold jewelry since time immemorial has been this same color. The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans are all recorded to have dealt in yellow gold jewelry. It should come as no surprise than that in our modern day and age, yellow gold cubic zirconia engagement rings are aplenty as no matter how many millenia may pass, the warm glow and aura that solid, unadulterated gold seems to exude continues to enchant and mesmerize us humans.
Without a doubt, the next most common color for gold jewelry is white gold. These gold alloys get their gleaming whiteish hue by the addition of metals such as palladium, nickel, zinc and tin into the melting pot. The highest quality white gold cubic zirconia engagement rings are generally 18 karat consisting of a mixture of pure yellow gold and palladium.
Through the process of metal mixing and alloy forming, other colorations of gold bands such as rose gold and even pink gold are available.
This variety in gold color allows for imaginative ring designs such as three-tone and two-tone gold cubic zirconia engagement rings which incorporate several types of alloys to make for an even more unique, elegant and enchanting gift.
Featured right is an exquisite example of just such a ring.
Karatage of Gold CZ Engagement Rings
After considering the color, the karat is generally the specification that is foremost in one’s mind when looking at fine gold jewelry and this is arguably because it makes the biggest difference to price. Thus an 18k gold cubic zirconia engagement ring is going to be more expensive than a 14k gold cubic zirconia engagement ring all other things being equal.
Even though 24 karat is the most pure gold available, jewelry for sale in the West is seldom made at this fineness because it is deemed to be unsuitable for jewelry purposes. If you want to get your hands on some 24 karat gold, you are better off investing in coins and bars such as the American Gold Buffalo and Pamp Suisse gold bars. Unfortunately these do not make for a great engagement present!
At the other end of the spectrum, 10k gold cubic zirconia engagement rings are the minimum purity required in the US for jewelry to be labelled as gold. That is a rather interesting fact when you consider that 10 karat gold is in fact less than 50% pure!
Gold Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring Stone Cuts
The cut of the stone determines its shape and its brilliance. This is an important concept to understand since it is a little confusing and yet does play a part when it comes to shopping for gemstones.
To a significant extent, the exact shape or ‘cut’ of a gemstone determines how brilliant and sparkly it is. The exact details are much more pertinent when it comes to diamond shopping. Since CZ is lab-grown, the choice between a round-cut gold cubic zirconia engagement ring and one that is perhaps oval, elongated or pear-shaped is not so relevant. It simply boils down to a matter of taste.
If you are fond of squarish-shaped stones for example, then an Asscher or princess-cut gold cubic zirconia engagement ring is going to fit the bill.
Rectangular shaped cuts on the other hand are the hallmark of emerald-cut gold cubic zirconia engagement rings. This kind of cut is a popular style known for its beauty and precision but can lack the brilliance of a cut that features triangular and kite-shaped facets. The emerald-cut is so named because it was originally used only on emeralds. It is a step-cut, meaning that it consists of a rectangular girdle with two or more tiers of narrow facets running parallel to the girdle on both the crown and the pavilion.
Gold Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Stone Carat
As if gemology wasn’t confusing enough already, the terms karat and carat introduce another aspect that causes endless confusion.
‘Karat’ as described above is a term reserved for describing gold purity whereas ‘carat’ describes the weight of a gemstone. Since diamond is the most expensive gemstone, a 1 carat diamond ring is more expensive than a 1ct emerald ring for example. However, because different gemstones have different densities, the 1ct emerald ring will in fact be bigger than the 1ct diamond ring.
CZ is heavier than diamond so the ‘rock’ on a 1 carat gold cubic zirconia engagement ring would in fact be smaller than that on a 1ct diamond. However since CZ is often bought as a diamond substitute, a 1 carat CZ is understood in the industry as being one that actually looks the same size as a 1ct diamond. In reality it therefore actually contains more than 1 carat of CZ but since CZ is so affordable it makes hardly any difference to price.
Gold Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings by Style
As if the preceding discussion is not enough to keep most people occupied in the finer details of selecting a gold CZ engagement ring, you also have to take into account the actual style of the ring.
For example, a classic gold cubic zirconia solitaire engagement ring will feature just one solitary stone that will recieve all the attention of onlookers. Alternatively, you could opt for a three-stone gold CZ engagement ring also known as an ‘Eternity Ring’ in which each stone represents the past, the present and the future of things to come. Or perhaps modern classics are too cliche for you and you are looking back into the past for inspiration. Antique and vintage gold CZ engagement rings hark back to a bygone era of gentlemanly conduct, top-hats, debutante balls and rich aristocracy.
So put on your thinking hat and start pondering over the specifications and features you want your engagement ring to have. It has to last a lifetime so do give the matter due consideration. When it comes to that magical moment, everything has got to be just right. It is the moment she has been waiting for and the memory of it will last with her forever and into eternity. The sparkly fire of cubic zirconia is well known and set on a stunning gold engagement band, it can truly look a marvelous, romantic and inspired choice.
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