So you’ve decided that she is the one and that you want to spend the rest of your life with her. Congratulations…Believe it not, that was the easy part! Now you are faced with picking the engagement ring which will play a huge role in your proposal. For those of us getting married for the first time, most of us probably do not have the first clue about how to actually go about choosing the engagement ring. Luckily, buying a cubic zirconia engagement ring is really quite straightforward, uncomplicated and far less daunting when you understand the following pointers.
CZ Engagement Ring Design
In the good old days, choosing an engagement ring was easier for men since there were relatively few options. Nowadays however given the large variety of choice and modern social norms, you may find it easier to take your spouse-to-be along with you when you go engagement ring shopping!
So how do you want the ring to look? Simple? Slightly embellished? How many stones? What color stones? You get the picture.
Well, an engagement ring is basically made up of only two components namely the stone and the band. Each can be made of different materials, have different colors and different shapes. Read on to learn more about your choices when it comes to picking a cubic zirconia engagement ring.
A cubic zirconia solitaire engagement ring for example will feature a single CZ stone set on the band. Some solitaires can be embellished with smaller stones set into the band itself.
An alternative is the three-stone cubic zirconia engagement ring. This could be made up of one large stone surrounded by two smaller stones or three equally sized stones.
Colorwise, the vast majority of CZ stones are colorless. However remember that CZ is a totally synthetic stone and can be created in any color. Colorless is most popular simply because CZ is a diamond substitute and other colors such as blue and pink cubic zirconia engagement rings are available.
From butterfly engagement rings to antique-style and from vintage cubic zirconia engagement rings to avant-garde rings, there are plenty of amazing designers who have produced elaborate engagement rings and they are a great choice for females who like to stand out.
CZ Engagement Ring Settings
One consideration to ponder over regarding how you want your engagement ring to look when you wear it on your hand is the kind of precious metal from which the band should be made from.
Gold cubic zirconia engagement rings can be a classic yellow color or even white or rosy depending on the exact purity and alloy of gold used.
Platinum cubic zirconia engagement rings are only available in white and are much more expensive than their gold counterparts.
For those looking for something really cheap, cheery and affordable, just go with a silver cubic zirconia engagement ring.
If you closely, you will also find that stones can be set on the rings in different ways as well. This could be of three types:
This is the traditional setting. The CZ stone is actually securely held in place by a set of prongs.
A modern twist. The CZ stone is surrounded and held in place by both white gold or platinum, giving it the illusion of becoming larger and extra excellent.
Another modern setting, this is exactly where the CZ stone is squeezed amongst the two ends of the engagement ring band.
Choosing the CZ Engagement Ring Stone
Shape & Cut
This refers to the overall shape of the stone and how it has been cut which determines the brilliance of its ‘sparkle’.
Technically speaking there is a difference between shape and cut but amongst the general public the most popular references include Round, Princess, Emerald, Oval, Pear, Marquise, Radiant, Heart, Asscher and Cushion cut cubic zirconia engagement rings.
Like all gemstones, the carat refers to the weight of the actual precious stone. However, many people understand carat in terms of stone size. This is understandable as weight and size are obviously related.
However, because CZ weighs 1.75 times more than diamond, a 1 carat cubic zirconia engagement ring would be smaller than a 1 carat diamond engagement ring. (You need less CZ to make the same weight of diamond).
But since CZ is viewed as a diamond substitute, its carats are referred to in equivalence to diamonds. Thus, when you shop for a 2 carat cubic zirconia engagement ring for example, you are shopping for a CZ stone that looks the same size as a 2 carat diamond but actually weighs more than 2 carats!
Could it be any better? Being man-made, CZ stones are virtually flawless and have no inclusions.
Why Are CZ Engagement Rings Cheap
Let’s not beat around the bush. Cubic zirconia is not the premium choice but it is the affordable choice. Since it is man-made, it is not rare and therefore not expensive.
It is the choice of many people especially in times of economic hardship and if given due respect as a symbol of love and commitment, it is just as priceless as diamond.