Cubic Zirconia – A Diamond Imitant
By Rubina Posh October 16,2017
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There are many gemstones that are used to imitate diamonds, but the two most commonly used are Cubic Zirconia and Synthetic Moissanite.
A solitaire ring featuring a 1.00ct round gemstone six-claw set in 14ct White Gold equivalent to an F colour will vary in price depending on the gemstone.
If the ring is set with a Cubic Zirconia, it will average around AU$500.00 The same ring set with a Synthetic Moissanite will average around AU$1000.00 and one set with a diamond will average around AU$10,500.00
What is Cubic Zirconia?
Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic or man-made gemstone, created in the early ‘70s in Russia. Commercial production began in 1976.
Today Cubic Zirconia is available in any size, shape and colour.
A diamond tester is the quickest and easiest way to separate this gemstone from a diamond.
Recently two instruments (The GIA iD100 and the SYNTHdetect) have been created which can separate natural diamonds from all synthetics and imitants. To find out more about these two instruments check out our article Synthetic Diamonds and How to Identify Them.