Which Center Stone Size Is Best For Me/Her? 0Choosing the size of your ring’s center stone – is bigger always better?
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How to store your fine cubic zirconia jewelry safely (Grandma's jumbled organizer is a No-No) 0Sorry, but in most cases “grandma’s jewelry organizer” where everything is jumbled together is a BIG NO-NO. Be aware of what other objects that you/your jewelry may come into contact with and store your rings, earrings, pendants and more safely with these jewelry storage tips.
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The 4C's of Cubic Zirconia 0Diamonds are universally measured against the “4C’s standard”: Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight. All these characteristics can also be found in top-quality cubic zirconia stones, such as those manufactured for use in our CubicZirconia.com finished jewelry and sold through our website.
In this blog post, let’s discuss how these two stones compare. The more perfect the diamond, the harder a jeweler has to work to determine if it's really a diamond...or one of our cubic zirconia stones! Let's see how...
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Ring with Cubic Zirconia center stone plus real diamond accent/melee stones 0Customers hoping/expecting to replace an inexpensive but flawless and colorless 5A CubicZirconia.com CZ center stone with diamond at some point in the future commonly ask us if it is possible for us to make our jewelry with a only the largest stone being cubic zirconia while natural diamond accent stones (also known as 'side stones' or 'melee stones) are used in the remainder of the piece. Yes, this is possible. Here's the details.
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Certified cubic zirconia: IGI - IFI - GIA - AGS - EGL - CIA (or whatever stone certification)...we’re not interested 0
We’ve seen what an IGI Certification looks like and, frankly, we believe it’s just a useless piece of paper designed to jack up the price of cubic zirconia stones being sold by other companies than ours.
As a customer, what information does an IGI Certification give you apart from the carat weight? You should have been told the specific dimensions of your stone in the first place before purchase-- so you should already know this information. You certainly know that when you buy our stones. Does this report tell you the cutting quality? Does it confirm the color or clarity? It doesn't even confirm the claim to be a certain quality.
So if you're asking why we don't provide this service, it doesn't seem like a necessary cost to pass along with each purchase. In fact, it’s not just IGI certification that deserves our disdain. IFI- GIA - AGS - EGL - CIA or whatever, we’re not interested.
We do not acknowledge any independent, industry-wide and international authority on the making of diamond-quality synthetic cubic zirconia stones. That means anyone out there claiming to make a better stone or a "certified" stone may as well be making that claim up from thin air as far as we are concerned. Certification schmertification. That whole industry gets nothing but our disdain.
The diamond industry, as a cartel, has an incentive in banding together to adopt generalized rules for grading of stones. The makers of cubic zirconia are much more informal, and not at all working together. Therefore, what other makers of cubic zirconia call certain grades of CZ, we can't control. We also can't help it if our competitors want to manufacture inferior stones to ours and call them "6A (AAAAAA)" when we call our best CZ stone "5A (AAAAA)" (see our FAQ's “What does “6A quality” or “6A quality” Cubic Zirconia mean?” question for details).
Our expertise is all the assurance our customers need, and as for CubicZirconia.com, we make and sell 2 grades of cubic zirconia:
- 5A/AAAAA cubic zirconia (the best: sold wholesale, sold retail, and used in our retail finished jewelry product line; see our FAQ question “What does “5A quality” or “AAAAA quality” Cubic Zirconia mean?” for more details) .
- 3A/AAA cubic zirconia (lesser grade: sold wholesale in bulk lots only and most often for use in cheaper ‘costume jewelry’; see our FAQ question “What does “3A quality” or “AAA quality” Cubic Zirconia mean?” for more details).
Our process to make 5A/AAAAA cubic zirconia is simply to use the absolute best formula for making cubic zirconia that we know of, consistent for producing perfect color and perfect clarity every time (see our FAQ question “How is cubic zirconia made?” for more details).
The 5A/AAAAA stones that make it through our quality control process are perfect, with zero internal inclusions or blemishes. The same stones we sell as 5A/AAAAA at retail prices on our website, are the same stones we use in our finished jewelry. To our knowledge, no better cubic zirconia stones exist.
We then carefully cut these stones to ideal diamond-weight carat proportions (see our FAQ answer to “How do your cubic zirconia stones compare with natural diamonds as far as cuts, shapes, facets, measurements are concerned?” question for full understanding of what that means).
Lastly, we get rid of any stones that aren't flawless, or have any issues with creation or cutting (these are set aside as 3A/AAA stones to be sold only in wholesale lots to other jewelers that want the absolute cheapest CZ stones they can get because they focus on making cheaper ‘costume jewelry’).
For these reasons, we can assure you that the 5A cubic zirconia stone(s) you're buying loose for setting yourself or already in our finished high-quality cubic zirconia jewelry is the very best cubic zirconia we at CubicZirconia.com can make, or have ever seen made.
With the longevity of our site (online since 1999), and the reputation we enjoy from having served thousands of satisfied customers...we think that ought to seal the deal! If need be, we’ll even send you a sample pack of stones at our cost and risk to 100% convince you. Just reference this answer and ask us!
Take a look and you’ll agree: certification schmertification.
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5 Things to Look for When Buying the Best Cubic Zirconia Jewelry 1
Look at you! You have come up in the world. Whether you are starting out in life, or enjoying the rewards after years of hard work, you can now think about some of the finer things in life; you are ready to buy a quality piece of jewelry. Better still, you are now among the rapidly increasing number of people who are turning to the best cubic zirconia jewelry as a luxurious choice.
Maybe it’s your first time shopping for high quality jewelry, or maybe you are just tired of paying too much for ‘the usual’ stone (you know the one we mean). Perhaps you have heard about diamond cartels (oops! I said the “D” word) that create a false scarcity in order to drive up market prices. You might have been looking online and dreaming about bling possibilities while sipping your morning coffee. Suddenly, you realized you could afford the best cubic zirconia ring, without remortgaging your home. Whatever your reasons for finding us, we are glad to have you here!
We are delighted to welcome you to CubicZirconia.com. You have made an excellent choice (or, if this writer has done her job well, happily ended up here via an Internet search for the best cubic zirconia). Here, you will find great resources for making an informed choice about heirloom quality jewelry of the highest value. Better still, you are not limited by our imaginations (although spectacularly developed). You can shop our smart menu to customize the best cubic zirconia engagement ring, or any other jewelry piece you can imagine.
But enough about us, for now. Let’s talk about how your jewelry quest can be the best shopping experience possible.
Now that you are here, we have 5 tips about buying the best cubic zirconia jewelry. Use this list as a guideline to shop our site. Feel free to shop around. We are confident that you will come back to us for your jewelry needs.Best cubic zirconia stones? Best cubic zirconia engagement rings? Best cubic zirconia anything? Do you see a pattern developing here? You’re going to love shopping for a memorable jewelry piece. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
1. Look for Quality Precious Metals
When you are looking for the best results with cubic zirconia, consider the metal used to set the stone. A good jeweler will offer a selection of 10K, 14K and 18K gold. They will offer a choice of coloration for gold, without compromising its purity. Look for companies that offer their gold in yellow, white or rose gold. Remember that, all color choices from a trustworthy jeweler will be from 10K, 14K and 18K grade gold.
Of course, there are other popular choices of precious metals. A great jeweler will offer you the best choice of cubic zirconia rings in .925 Sterling silver. Do not accept anything less when considering this beautiful, classic metal!
Pure palladium and 950 platinum have also become great options in contemporary jewelry. They are not going anywhere, either. This is a beautiful choice that will outlive trends, stand up to long term wear, and make you proud of your choice for many years - even generations - to come.
Make sure that your purchase is not “plated.” Plating should be clearly marked on any piece your jeweler offers. Expect plating only on smaller, more trend-based or inexpensive jewelry. A reputable, honest jeweler will make sure you know what you are buying.
Unsure about which precious metal to go for? Read our article Which Precious Metal Is Right For Me/Her?
2. Demand Precision Craftsmanship of Master Jewelers
A top jeweler will offer the best craftsmanship possible. Make sure that you have master jewelers working to create the finest jewelry with the best that cubic zirconia has to offer. Be choosy. You won’t regret it.
3. Understand How Stones are Graded
Choose the best cubic zirconia possible. Look for a jeweler who clearly states the quality of their stones. Cubic zirconia is graded on the same scale used for commercially produced diamonds. The highest rating is AAAAA, or 5A, for clarity. Cubic zirconia stones of 5A diamond-quality look, even to the most accomplished jeweler, just like diamonds.
4. Expect the Jeweler to Stand Behind their Product
The best cubic zirconia jewelers will offer a lifetime warrantee. Enough said. Do not settle for anything less. They will be there for you to address manufacturer defects, and to make sure that you have an exceptional jewelry experience.
5. The BEST Cubic Zirconia Jewelers ALWAYS Have a Service Dog Flunkie
Also, the service dog flunkie should be named Bailey.