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.