Rules for accepted guest blog posts on CubicZirconia.com

Rules for accepted guest blog posts on CubicZirconia.com 0

Want to write and publish a guest blog post for the CubicZirconia.com blog? You are welcome to get in touch after reading these “Rules for accepted guest blog posts”.  
Diamond Downgrade program gives you Cash For Your Diamond and a perfect CZ Replica replacement for your cherished jewelry

Diamond Downgrade program gives you Cash For Your Diamond and a perfect CZ Replica replacement for your cherished jewelry 0

Journalists have known for decades what anyone who tries to do so finds out pretty quickly: it’s hard to sell a diamond for anywhere close to what you paid for it. But if you need cash and fast...what’s to do?

Enter CubicZirconia.com's "Diamond Downgrade" program, which allows you to keep your jewelry, just sell the diamond for fast cash at a fair price, have it replaced with our 5A/AAAAA cubic zirconia...and be assured that no one will ever know the difference.

Ring with Cubic Zirconia center stone plus real diamond accent/melee stones

Ring with Cubic Zirconia center stone plus real diamond accent/melee stones 0

Customers 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.

Certified cubic zirconia: IGI - IFI - GIA - AGS - EGL - CIA (or whatever stone certification)...we’re not interested

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:

  1. 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) .
  2. 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.

Are Diamond Cartels Losing Their Vice Grip on the Industry?

Are Diamond Cartels Losing Their Vice Grip on the Industry? 0

Is a diamond really a girl’s best friend? Well, that’s definitely a matter for debate, especially in an era where most females of marriageable age prefer to be called women. We can tell you one thing for sure. Diamond cartels are nobody’s best friend. As if we didn’t have enough reasons to loathe this monument to capitalism at its most base level (and by “base” I definitely mean “crass”), we are now seeing more evidence that diamond cartels have artificially inflated price of these not-so-rare-after-all gems.

CNBC recently reported that, in fact, the market is seeing a downward trend in the price of diamonds over the past few years. The marketplace is changing rapidly, and the effect is a much lower price for diamonds, the world over. In fact, Martin Rapaport, Chairman of Rapaport Group, calls the diamond industry a “volatile trade.” Diamonds, it seems, are hardly an investor’s best friend these days. Further, financial analysts are beginning to speculate that diamond industry trends may be signs of pervasive deflation from a macroeconomic perspective.

Between April 2014 and April 2015, diamond prices have dropped by 15 percent. De Beers, infamously known for spearheading an ad campaign in the 1940’s that made the diamonds an iconic, must-have stone for engagements and weddings, has made it more difficult to finance their purchase. The effect is that fewer people can afford diamonds at their previous inflationary rate. Demand is decreasing, and along with it, diamond prices.

Another factor contributing to the decline of the diamond as the darling of the jewelry industry is a glut that has been created by major fluctuations in Asian markets. A rise of the middle class in countries like China and India led to higher demand in those parts of the world. Retailers responded by stocking diamonds based on projected growth that never came to fruition. After the initial rush of popularity, the market slowed down, and the industry was stuck with a surplus which has driven diamond prices down on a global scale.

An industry financing leader, the Antwerp Diamond Bank, stopped taking on new clients within the last year. It has become too risky to support new diamond manufacturers and craftsmen for new inventory production.

The deflationary trend of diamonds suggests that perhaps this notoriously overpriced stone may soon reach unprecedented low prices that more closely resemble a fair market value. Can you imagine purchasing a full carat diamond for under $1000.00? Dare we say $100? Some observers, including CubicZirconia.com Vice President, Danny Welsh, think that diamonds might one day fall to a much more accessible price for jewelry enthusiasts, especially young couples who are getting engaged. He says:

Consumers are starting to realize that diamond rarity an inflated lie. Eventually, in say, fifty to one hundred years, if trends continue, lab-created diamonds and diamond simulants like cubic zirconia may no longer fill a market need. Customers will be able to buy real diamonds for a hundred dollars or less. This is a more realistic price, even now, given that diamond cartel companies have manipulated the market and kept millions of diamonds in warehouses. Until then, CubicZirconia.com is here, ready to serve you with the highest quality, 5A, man-made diamond alternatives sold at an affordable price-- stones set in high-quality jewelry that no one, not even jewelers with decades of experience, can definitively say with the unaided eye are not diamonds.

Guaranteed to put a little more sparkle in your life, CubicZirconia.com stays on top of market trends and understands their impact on your shopping experience, and your wallet. We are delighted to make your jewelry dreams come true. And hey, if that means you can save for a house, go on a honeymoon or bank the leftover cash, so much the better.


Tekla Luchenski
Staff Writer

5 Things to Look for When Buying the Best Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

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.

          Tekla Luchenski
          Staff Writer