Cubic Zirconia vs Diamond is harder to tell the difference than most people realize!
Did you know that the untrained and naked eye cannot distinguish the difference between an expensive diamond stone and the highest-quality flawless Cubic Zirconia stone?
Even gemologists cannot tell the difference between the 5A diamond-quality cubic zirconia we make and flawless diamonds without thorough examination and testing using special tools.
Women (and the men who love to buy for them!) are learning every day just how much better value for pure beauty and fashion jewelry can be featuring Cubic Zirconia over artificially-price-inflated diamonds.
Two German mineralogists discovered the cubic form of zirconium oxide back in 1937 and Russian scientists learned how to make this diamond-alternative in a laboratory in the 1970s. But it wasn't until the 1980s when Cubic Zirconia became popular with jewelers— many of whom don’t like stocking Cubic Zirconia jewelry in their stores because so many consumers once they see a CZ jewelry piece “side by side” with a diamond piece will buy the CZ piece every time…which can sure hurt the profits of those big jewelry stores with all their fancy display cases and highly paid salespeople!
In the last 20 years the industry has really blossomed with new developments in Cubic Zirconia production, and we have been able to produce a new exciting line in many different colors. Today, Cubic Zirconia is undoubtedly established as the highest quality and best value diamond substitute available in today fashionable jewelry market.
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Are you a man not yet sure whether the lady in your life will accept a cubic zirconia engagement ring? Truthfully, the advantages of 5A cubic zirconia over natural diamonds is such that in our opinion the day is coming when customers will brag about CZ as a choice, in the same way that many informed, thoughtful people proudly wear faux fur, or use re-purposed ivory. Tradition and social pressure tell us "a diamond is a girl's best friend." But you are getting engaged to a woman, and not a girl. She is modern: smart, educated, independent and informed. The diamond is, indeed, a phenomenal gemstone, the most highly prized (even though its natural rarity is nowhere near what the diamond cartels would have you believe). The diamond's popularity, however, often comes at a terrible price. In our love affair with diamonds, we have historically been unaware of their origins. We know they are mined from the earth, but only in recent years have we begin to ask 'by whom and under what conditions'?
Many diamonds are mined, processed and sold in legitimate, ethical ways. "Blood diamonds", however, are sullied by human exploitation so badly that some shoppers believe these gemstones give off a filthy residue in the spiritual realm beyond what the eye can see, a taint that can never be gotten rid of despite the passage of time.
Based on the best available research, investigators and human rights' activists are sure that "Blood diamonds" -- as diamond mined under deplorable conditions by slave-laborers under pain of death to themselves and their families are so called-- do not make up a majority of the diamond market. However, even this smaller segment of mined natural diamonds create an immeasurable impact on human life in misery inflicted on innocent lives.Blood diamonds are mined and controlled under violent conditions, using ill-payed-- or even unpaid-- often underage laborers.
Horrible civil wars have been fought over blood diamonds, with the profits of their sale to jewelers around the world going to finance the purchase of automatic weapons, bombs, and poisons used by dictators to eliminate undesirables in their region through systematic genocide.
While the number of blood diamonds may be small compared to ethically-mined natural diamond sources, it is difficult to discern exactly where a diamond has come from and what "footprint" it has left on its journey to the jewelry store, and ultimately, to becoming a part of your ring or other jewelry. And unfortunately, though the Kimberly Process you may have read about is admirable in nature, we think it's naive in the least to 100% trust the diamond sellers themselves to police whether and how much profit they themselves can make by selling diamonds. After all, it only takes a few bad apples to ruin the bunch, and forged paperwork isn't exactly rocket science. Once a diamond gets to the first world of Europe, Australia or North America-- with "documentation" of whatever kind-- there's no retracing its steps to really find out its origin.
Trends change. Traditions fade, or morph into practices we still cherish, but may not notice are different. The knowledge about blood diamonds has created an increased love for cubic zirconia among people who concern themselves with humanitarian economic and political practices.
Sometimes words won't suffice. If you're a man wondering whether the lady you love will accept a cubic zirconia substitute, here's a low-risk way to find out: on movie night, rent or stream the movie "Blood Diamond". Leonardo diCaprio is easy on the eyes, and ulikely to meet with any objection from any female watcher, and this powerful movie was Academy Award nominated.
She will see that movie and ASK you for a cubic zirconia engagement ring (especially when the two of you together tally up what else you can buy with the savings of a 5A cubic zirconia engagement ring from CubicZirconia.com instead of a visually identical diamond engagement ring).
When you make a choice to go with cubic zirconia jewelry from CubicZirconia.com, you will know where the product originated, and who made it. Our finished jewelry is proudly made in the United States, by artisans in good working conditions, with good pay. We stand by our product materials, design, production and marketing, knowing that we make and sell a product that is beautiful in all its many facets and dimensions.
When we design, make and sell our CZ engagement rings, and other jewelry, we know that we are contributing to your legacy of love, family, and the stories you are going to create together. Enjoy your ring, now and for years to come, happy with every aspect of its beauty.