Diamond Vs Cubic Zirconia: What’s The Difference

Diamonds have many tough competitors and cubic zirconia is one of them. Let's spot major differences between them.

What’s Cubic Zirconia?

Cubic zirconia is a colorless gemstone made up of a crystalline form of zirconium dioxide.

How Is Cubic Zirconia Made?

It’s formed when zirconium oxide powder is heated with a mixture of calcium and magnesium at 4,298 degrees fahrenheit.

Difference In Composition

CZs are made from the mineral zirconium dioxide with other stabilizing minerals, while diamonds are 99.95% carbon.

Difference In Appearance

CZs are generally less brilliant and reflective than natural diamonds. Natural  diamonds may have inclusions, while CZs have flawless clarity.

Price Difference

A Fair quality natural diamond costs anywhere between $1,500 - $12,000 per carat, while the price of cubic zirconia starts from $20 per carat.

Are Lab Diamonds Same As Cubic Zirconia?

No, lab diamonds contain carbon, while CZs are made from zirconium dioxide.

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