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What Is Cubic Zirconia?

If you have been jewelry shopping recently, you have probably heard of cubic zirconia, but you may not know what it really is. It looks like a diamond, but it is much less expensive. That is because cubic zirconia is a diamond substitute that is made in a lab. It was created for commercial use in the 1970s and has become a popular substitute for diamonds because of its similarity in appearance and its inexpensive price. How Does Cubic Zirconia Compare to a Diamond? A diamond is a very popular gem to purchase because of its beauty and its strength. It is very difficult to damage a diamond. In comparison, cubic zirconia is just as beautiful, if not more so, since it is virtually colorless, yet not as sturdy. Because of this, it will not last as long as a diamond. Since it is inexpensive, this is not an issue for individuals looking to have what looks like a diamond at a much lower price. Some cubic zirconia gems are coated with a substance that makes them more durable in today’s market, so this is becoming less of an issue with jewelry buyers. The only problem that arises is when a buyer is led to believe that the cubic zirconia gem is actually a diamond. What Are the Different Grades Available? Most cubic zirconia gems are colorless, but some with color options have been created and released into market. These have been very popular among purchasers because they have been able to purchase jewelry that looks like higher quality and expensive gems for a fraction of the cost. However, if...

Red Carpet Jewels at The Oscars

Fashion is the priority when it comes to public celebrity gatherings, and the Red Carpet Oscar appearances are at the top of the list. Leading designers of clothing and accessories compete with each other using the most celebrated actors on the planet as their models. The fabulous jewelry adorning these superstars and up-and-comings of 2015 totaled perhaps more than $100 million and included countless precious and semiprecious stones. Statement necklaces and earrings, collars and intricate beading on gowns were the raves of the evening. Two Distinct Styles The current trending celebrity fashion is not focused on a particular style or color for the season. The emphasis is being placed on strong contrast or matching gem color to clothing color. Cate Blanchett wore a black Versace dress with a tremendous turquoise necklace while Viola Davis wore a pastel pink Posen gown accentuated with a necklace of diamonds and pearls. Two representatives of the matching category who stood out the most were Scarlett Johansson in green and Lupita Nyong’o  in white. Colored stones and pearls were very popular at this year’s awards. Johansson was stunningly clad in green by Atelier Versace and adorned with a high-necked choker that was heavily beaded with green crystals. Her earrings were composed of brilliant-cut diamonds, green tourmalines, emeralds and aquamarines set in 18-karat pink gold. Lupita Nyong’o’s choice to wear white was a stroke of genius. Not only did she strike the traditional classic chord by contrasting her dark skin color with the stark white gown, but she also displayed more than 6,000 natural and synthetic pearls in her Calvin Klein original gown. Whatever Works for You What really matters is the effect and not...

March Birthstone – Aquamarine

Aquamarine is the traditional gem birthstone of anyone born in March. It is a symbol of youth, health and hope. It is the perfect choice for the month, since its gorgeous blue color is a great accent to spring and summer colors. Although it is classified as a blue color, it can range from a pale blue to a dark blue. History of Aquamarine Many years ago, the aquamarine gem was thought to protect sailors while out at sea. The name comes from the Latin word aqua, which translates to “water,” and marina, which translates to “sea.” This is how the gem got the name it is known by today. It was adopted as the gemstone for March in 1912 by the American National Association of Jewelers. Where We Get Aquamarine The gem is primarily mined in Brazil. The gemstones that come from this area are very popular, and there are even some people who will pay more for the gem if it comes from Brazil. It is also mined in other locations, such as Madagascar, Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Russia and Pakistan. Colors of Aquamarine Colors can vary, depending on the size and where it is mined. Many gems that are a bit larger tend to give off a deeper color of blue. However, they can be almost translucent, as well. After they are mined, they are sometimes heated to a high temperature to give them a deeper color. This process can also increase the clarity of the gemstone. Since the gem can sometimes be found as a blue-teal or teal color, the heating process gives it a more apparent...