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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 you are looking to purchase cubic zirconia, you will need to ensure that you get a high-quality gem. These stones are evaluated the same way as

any other gems: the four C’s. The four C’s include color, cut, carat and clarity. These do alter the appearance of the gem, and if you are looking to purchase something that looks more expensive than it actually is, you will

Cubic Zirconia

want to take the time to ensure you get a high-quality cubic zirconia.

When Is Cubic Zirconia Not a Good Option?

The only time you should consider paying more for a high-quality gem is if you plan on using the jewelry for a long time. This is usually true in the case of an engagement ring. The

reason for this is that diamonds will last longer than cubic zirconia and are less likely to get scratched. However, cubic zirconia is a good option for the short term if you cannot afford a diamond.