Unfortunately, cubic zirconia and zircon have received a very negative reputation in the last few years. A lot of this has had to do with it developing a reputation as a diamond alternative. The gem is beautiful in its own right and deserves a great deal of respect.
At Khazana, our hope is that we can appreciate both for their beauty rather than being seen as a 'cheaper diamond alternative'.
What is cubic zirconia?
A lab-made stone similar to diamonds in many ways. It is an affordable alternative to more expensive natural zircons or diamonds and has been used in jewelry to resemble diamonds.
Is cubic zirconia and zircons the same thing?
No. Cubic zirconia is first and foremost, synthetic which means it's been made by humans. Zircon is a naturally occurring gemstone that has a variety of colours (e.g. Blue zircons are especially beautiful, in our opinion!)
The two are, however, related. Cubic zirconia is made using industrial-grade zircons.
How can one spot cubic zirconia?
We have found two reliable methods:
- A significant play of rainbow colours when light is shined on it;
- No inclusions inside the stone when viewed with a loupe.