Cubic zirconia gemstone

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Physical properties of cubic zirconia

Hardness: 7.5-8.5 out of 10 on the Mohs scale
Luster: Strong glassy
Transparency: transparent
Color: colorless, yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, green, cyan, indigo, purple, golden brown

Characteristics of cubic zirconia

Cubic Zirconia (Fianit, Zirconite, Jevalite, Daimonsquay) is one of the most amazing gemstones.

Cubic Zirconia is an artificial gemstone, which was created by scientists of the FIAN (Physical Institute of the Academy of Sciences) in the USSR in 1970. From the name of this institute, another name for the gemstone appeared - fianit. However, of all artificial gemstones, cubic zirconia is one of the most famous and is often sold as the best substitute for a diamond gemstone.

Cubic zirconia. Gemstone. Faceted cubic zirkonia

Jewelers appreciated this gem because it has high hardness and very good refraction of light, not much inferior to diamond.

Cubic zirconia is also known under other names - dzhevalit and daimonsquay. Also, this stone is sometimes called zirconite and shelby.

Quite often cubic zirconia is used as an imitation of diamonds. Also, due to the fact that you can give fiarnite any color, you can use it as an imitation of sapphire, topaz, aquamarine and garnet. And even with the help of coloring, you can create stones of a unique color - for example, cubic zirconias of lavender color are very unusual and beautiful.

Cut and set in jewelry, cubic zirkonia are almost indistinguishable from real gems, although with the help of modern equipment it is not difficult to identify them.

Surprisingly, cubic zirconia is generally recognized as more beautiful than diamond, and cubic zirkonia can be colored much better than natural colored gemstones, and the light refraction characteristics of cubic zirconia are higher than those of most known gemstones.

Now cubic zirconia jewelry is very popular, and this artificial gemstone is framed in silver, gold and platinum. Jewelry with cubic zirkonia looks very beautiful, and at a price much cheaper than the same jewelry with diamonds, sapphires and topazes.

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