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Choosing Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

When you shop for cubic zirconia jewelry, consider the price you want to spend
on the jewelry, and consider the look you are going for when choosing the
jewelry. Because cubic zirconia is less costly than diamonds, some
manufacturers will make them cheaply by using cheaper metals. Some
manufacturers see the cubic zirconia as the beautiful stone they are, so they
will make them with precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and the up
and coming titanium. The cubic zirconia jewelry made with precious metals will
cost more than cubic zirconia jewelry made with a cheaper metal.

Another difference you might be able to see with the naked eye is the way the
cubic zirconia is cut. Cubic zirconia stones are mass-produced; some
manufacturers will use a machine to cut the facets in the stones. However the
manufacturers who see the stone for its own beauty will have the cubic zirconia
stones hand-cut like a diamond.

If the cubic zirconia jewelry you have seen looks cheap, it is because it was
cheaply handled and put together. However, there are several manufacturers who
do beautiful work with cubic zirconia jewelry and the cubic zirconia jewelry
will rival diamond jewelry.

Even though cubic zirconia is not as hard as a diamond. It will cut glass just
like a diamond when it has a quality cut and a professional hand polish. The
same method and ingredients are used to make cubic zirconia stones. I believe
the difference between a quality stone and a cheap looking stone is in the
cutting and polishing of the stone. Even a diamond would not look as good if
cheaply cut and cheaply polished, and neither does the cubic zirconia.

When they are creating the cubic zirconia stones certain minerals can be added
to create a different color. Cubic zirconia can be made to look a number of
quality gemstones, such as emerald, sapphires, and rubies just to name a few. A
cubic zirconia can be created to match your birthstone. When the cubic zirconia
is treated with the Azotic coating, the colors that emerge are stunning. They
are even more stunning when added to a Topaz, which is the stone most treated
with the Azotic coating process.

Probably the cubic zirconia jewelry seen by most people in stores is the less
costly version, which is not made to rival a diamond, and does not show the
cubic zirconia at its best. I have seen cubic zirconia jewelry online, which is
not cheap. It costs less than the same setting with a diamond. However, it is
difficult to tell quality by a picture on a web site.

The next time you go shopping for jewelry, ask about the cubic zirconia
jewelry. You may be able to look at some of the quality cubic zirconia jewelry
I have seen evidence of online. I would hate to think the only cubic zirconia
jewelry in stores is cheaply made cubic zirconia jewelry. I think the cubic
zirconia is a beautiful stone. The cubic zirconia even looks good in when it is
placed in a gold plated setting, but personally I don't believe those settings
do the cubic zirconia justice.

Little Known Facts About Cubic Zirconia

Cubic zirconia is a man made gemstone resembling a diamond used in jewelry
settings. German mineralogists discovered cubic zirconia in its natural setting
in the early nineteen hundreds, but has not been found since. It was originally
created to use a refractory material, which is impervious to heat and chemical
damage. Scientists developed cubic zirconia as a new material to be used in
lasers and other optical operations.

The cubic zirconia you see today has been created in a laboratory by combining
the metals of zirconium and oxide through extreme heat and a monitored cooling
process. The temperature required to melt the zirconium is so extreme platinum
containers could not be used in the melting process. Soviet scientists
developed the method still used today to create the carat stones of cubic
zirconia. The process entailed using the zirconium itself to hold the molten
form of zirconium. The extreme temperature used to melt the zirconium is
created by the use of a very large microwave. It allowed the center zirconium
to melt while the outer layer remained cool and solid to hold the molten form.
By 1980 there were 50 million carats of cubic zirconia created annually by
using the method originally developed by the Soviet scientists.

The production of the cubic zirconia, the melting and cooling of the zirconium
metal combined with the metal oxide, formation of columnar crystals are
produced and then cut into gemstones. Recently manufacturers have been covering
the cubic zirconia with a thin layer of carbon. The process has resulted in
making the material harder. It has also given the material a more radiant,
diamond-like look overall. Covering the stones with a very thin layer of metal
oxide creates the iridescent effect. Unfortunately the effect is not permanent;
a simple scratch can easily remove the layer of metal oxide.

Because the cubic zirconia so closely resembles a diamond, only a trained eye
can distinguish which stone is the diamond. The differences between the diamond
and the cubic zirconia can only be seen under a microscope. The notable
differences seen under the microscope can be the distribution effect the cubic
zirconia has on light. The cubic zirconia is not as hard as a diamond. A cubic
zirconia will weigh more than a diamond of the same exact size. The cubic
zirconia has in essence no flawless unlike a diamond. Under a microscope the
cuts made in a cubic zirconia have notable differences to the cuts of a
diamond. A diamond is rarely a colorless stone where as the cubic zirconia can
be made with no color at all.

Cubic zirconia can be made in almost any color one could wish for. To produce
the color in the cubic zirconia different metal oxides are used to create
certain colors.

Cubic zirconia did not come make its introduction to the market until the late
1970s and has since had a huge impact on the jewelry industry. Because the
inexpensive cost of the cubic zirconia, its resistance to wear and its close
resemblance to the diamond, the cubic zirconia has become one of the most used
gemstones as diamond replacement since its introduction to the market in the
1970s. The cubic zirconia's main competition was just recently created is a
synthetic monissanite. However, cubic zirconia has retained its popularity in
the jewelry market. Many people wanting the look of diamond jewelry without the
price tag of diamond jewelry will opt of the cubic zirconia jewelry instead.

Newlyweds Choose Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

After the young man has found the woman of his dreams, he wants to find the
engagement ring of her dreams. He traditionally will spend up to the equivalent
of two months salary on the engagement and wedding ring. The cost could be more
than the young man can afford.

When a young couple is just starting out, they have a lot of everyday expenses
as well as the expense of the wedding to take into consideration. They will
have to consider the expense of the down payment or deposit on their new home.
Plus any debts they incurred separately such as car payment, furniture payment,
etc. Wedding can also be very expensive. The cost of the reception hall, cater,
band, dress, tuxedo, etc. can cost a young couple thousands of dollars. The
couple may then put themselves on a budget, if they don't want to incur debts
of the wedding prior to the start of a new life together.

When these couples start shopping for an attractive wedding set, after looking
at the difference in the cost of diamond to the cubic zirconia, they will
probably choose the cubic zirconia. This will afford them to buy the size and
the setting they want with out the debt after the wedding. The cubic zirconia
wedding sets are just as attractive as the diamond. In some cases you will be
able to find the cubic zirconia in the same exact setting as a diamond, and the
price will be much more affordable. You can also find cubic zirconia in gold or
silver settings. Gold has been the ever-popular choice in a wedding set by
brides, but some have noticed the beauty of the silver settings and is
increasing in popularity with new brides.

After browsing the selections of the cubic zirconia at the stores, some couples
have opted to have their rings customized. The price is still affordable, and it
gives them a unique setting created with their own imagination. The best feature
of all is everyone will think it is made with a diamond. To the untrained eyes,
one can not distinguish the difference.

If the bride chooses to have some colored stone to enhance the beauty of the
main stone. Cubic zirconia can come in an array of different colors. The couple
will not have to invest in expensive gems such as rubies, emeralds or sapphires.
These types of settings are very unique. This allows the bride the option of
having her favorite stone incorporated into her engagement ring or wedding band
or both.

If you are a young couple in need of a beautiful wedding set and are on a tight
budget, you now have an option other than the nearest pawn shop. Make sure to
check out the selections of the cubic zirconia wedding rings in most retail
jewelry stores or online. If you choose they will make the rings for you with a
design you have created and the loose stone you have chosen. Your wedding day
will be stressful enough without worrying about how you are going to pay for
the wedding rings after you are married. Do your best to enjoy your special day.

Designer Gemstone in Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

Azotic Coating Technology, Inc. owns and operates the laboratory where these
designer gemstones are created. These designer gemstones are created with a
process developed and patented by Azotic Coating Technology, Inc. The process
creates beautiful colors on stones, which would normally be white stones. The
process has allowed them to create about 1800 unique and unusual colors. They
have used their coating process on cubic zirconia, sapphires, quartz, and
topaz. Topaz is the stone used most often and has a beautiful array of colors.

During the process the gemstones are coated with a sputter coat scattering of
tiny flakes of mineral oxide. The minerals produce a variety of colors when it
reflects through the stone. After the stone has been coated it must then go
through a heating process to make the coating cling to the stone. The Federal
Trade Commission has approved this method of enhancing gemstones.

Azotic Coating Technology, Inc. does not sell stones directly to the public.
They process stones sent to them by wholesalers. Azotic Coating Technology,
Inc. has no control over the quality of the stones given to them to put through
the process. Many times they will get quality stone with unique cuts from the
wholesaler, but not always. If you buy one of these stones, check it closely to
make sure you didn't receive a stone with nicks or scratches in it.

The particularly extraordinary colors come from stones, which have been
processed with more than one mineral. The best looking one of the stones
processed with more than one mineral is the cubic zirconia stone. When pictures
are taken of the same stone in different locations, the stone will appear to be
a different stone in each different picture because of the light available at
each different location. Each stone is a kaleidoscope of colors because of the
constant changing of the light and the reflection. These stones are very unique
in their colors after they have been processed.

Even though the Azotic Coating Technology, Inc. came up with names for all the
1800 different colors of the stones they have created, but some sellers are
intent in changing the names of the stones. Sometimes a stone with a name not
created by Azotic may be a stone processed by a different company. You might
want to be careful when purchasing some of the other processed stones because
the quality of the process may not be as good as the quality provided by the
Azotic Coating Technology, Inc. Just make sure to ask your seller questions. If
he seems to be evading the questions or evasive about the answers, Beware!

The thin coating applied during the process is hard and made to last. You will
have to be careful when wearing these stones to prevent them from being nicked
or scratched. You will want to take them off when doing some of your daily
duties. When cleaning these processed stones, you will not want to use any
ultrasonic cleaners. They may cause damage to the coating because of a pickling
solution in the cleaner. Cleaners, which are safe to use on pearls and opals are
recommended by Azotic. A mild soap and water, rinsed well will also work.

Cubic Zirconia Rings

Rings have been worn for centuries before the creation of the cubic zirconia.
It is said, rings were popular during medieval times. During that time people
of all classes wore rings whether they were rich or poor. Usually rings were
made from metals, such as copper, iron, gold and silver. The metal signified
the class of the person wearing it. Then in the 14th century, rings were
introduced with faceted gems in them.

Some rings are attached to certain cultures, such as silver and turquoise bring
to mind the Native American. Starting with the early Christians and up to
current times, the Greek symbol called the Icthus, which is in the shape of a
fish. Then there is the Irish Claddagh, which is preceded by the story of a
young couple soon to be married. The groom-to-be was captured and forced into
slavery as a goldsmith. During his time of captivity he started creating a ring
for his love. The ring consisted of a heart to signify love, a crown to signify
loyalty, and two hands.

The young man after years of being in slavery, escaped his captors and return
to his home village of Claddagh, Ireland. He found his true love. Since neither
of them had every married, he gave her the ring he created during his time in

To this day rings are made from all different types of materials, such as
silver, gold, copper, plastic and even wood. The newest metal to be used in the
making of rings and other pieces of jewelry is titanium and tungsten.

Cubic zirconia is typically only used in the precious metal settings, including
the titanium. Cubic zirconia is never used in costume jewelry because it is
considered to be the best diamond replacement on the market.

Rings have become an intricate part of our lives today. Just for example, there
are class rings that range from high school, college and even the military. One
of the most coveted rings in the world of football is the Super Bowl ring.
Rings are worn to signify commitment whether it is a wife to her husband, or a
nun to God. Rings have become a very important part of our life.

The more popular the cubic zirconia becomes the more roles it will play in our
life. Can you imagine a Super Bowl Ring with a cubic zirconia in place of a
diamond? You never know it could happen. The more and more the diamond
reputation is tainted with the thought of child forced into labor to mine them,
more and more people will start to rebel against the atrocities and choose not
to wear diamonds any longer. The price of the diamond could be another major
factor to decrease the demand on diamonds. People may decide it is not worth
the price when the cubic zirconia is more plentiful and lower in cost, and the
quality cubic zirconia can rival a diamond in brilliance and look.

As they continue to improve on the technology used to create the cubic zirconia
everyday, we can expect greater looking cubic zirconias in the future for our

Cubic Zirconia Necklaces

Necklaces have been around for centuries. Necklaces may have been worn as far
back as the Stone Age. During an excavation in a cave scientist found forty-one
mollusks. It is thought these mollusks may have been strung together to make a
necklace. In other archeological digs stones, animal teeth, claws and bones
have been found strung together The early Egyptians, both men and women, were
known to have worn necklaces made with gold and beads of a variety of different
shapes. Some were even adorned with jewels.

Over the years many different cultures have been known to wear necklaces and
other forms of jewelry. Hundreds or even thousands of years ago, jewelry was
created out of the limited resources available to the makers. Gold and
gemstones were in abundance during some of those times.

As it was just a few hundred years ago, jewelry is worn to complete the look.
It has been used as a fashion statement. Today jewelry is made to mimic several
different cultures and time eras, as well as the latest designs to compliment
today's fashion.

With the modern technology and the resources we have today, we have the ability
to create such quality synthetic gemstones as the cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia
is used in many of the jewelry fashions of today. It can be used in the
recreation of the Victorian style of necklaces or the latest fashion trends of
today. Cubic zirconia is rarely, if ever, used in vintage jewelry. The vintage
necklaces are typically made from rhinestones or colored crystals. However, it
is used with all of the precious metals used today in the making of jewelry.
You can still find cubic zirconia in metal plated in several layers of gold.
Making them even more affordable than those made from 18k gold, silver,
platinum or titanium.

From the descriptions and the paintings of several hundred years ago, modern
jewelry is not as lavish or the gemstones as enormous or as in such large
quantities as it was then. The necklaces created with cubic zirconia today are
elegant with tastefully displayed gemstones. The designs vary from Celtic to
current styles. The cubic zirconias are sometimes matched with faux sapphires,
emeralds and other synthetic gemstones. Any necklace creation you can find in
diamond and other precious stones can or has been emulated with cubic zirconia

If you are looking to create a new or to make additions to your current jewelry
collection, cubic zirconia will enable you to do this economically. This will
allow you to get more jewelry no matter what your budget. Online you will find
web sites specializing in quality cubic zirconia stones with any of the
precious metals and synthetic gemstones in their product line. If you are
looking for a gift for a family member, friend or even yourself, you are sure
to find something to catch your eye and appeal to your taste. The next time you
go shopping, you might want to take a look in the jewelry section. If you don't
see any cubic zirconia, you may be mistaking them for diamonds, so ask the
clerk to show you the line of cubic zirconia they sell.

You will find plenty of cubic zirconia to look at on line, but sometime it is
best to see them in your hand. This will give you the opportunity to look very
closely at them. Photos can be touched up, but the proof will be in your hand.

Cubic Zirconia Jewelry versus Diamonds Jewelry

Since coming to the world's attention in the 1830s, diamonds in has been a
favorite of stones for jewelry. Not everyone can afford to buy diamonds, so the
search for the best man-made version has been battled for years. Cubic Zirconia
is considered to be the best manmade diamond for jewelry on the market today.

There are several reasons some people do not purchase diamond jewelry. The
first on being the over-inflated price some believe has been controlled by the
DeBeers diamond coalition. Many people believe the prices do not reflect the
rarity of diamonds in a fair manner. There have also been studies done showing
one third of every diamond sold in the United States today has been altered by
an artificial means to increase the value of the diamond. The same studies show
young couples on an average are paying 40% too much for their diamond engagement

The price is not the only reason some people are no longer gravitating awary
from diamond jewelry. There are the issues of the so called "blood diamonds"
with the disturbing rumors of forced child labor and several other horrible
human atrocities and cruelties. Well-know celebrities have brought it to the
attention of Americans by the refusal to wear diamonds on the "red carpet" and
have chosen to wear cubic zirconia stones in all their jewelry adornments for
the "Oscar's" and other highly notable celebrity gatherings.

A good quality cubic zirconia in jewelry is practically identical from the
mined diamonds. Even some jeweler can not tell the difference between a cubic
zirconia and a diamond with out the aid of his gemologist's tool. The cost of
cubic zirconia jewelry is about 75% less than the cost of a mined diamond.

There are other synthetic diamonds used in the market today to replace diamonds
in jewelry settings. The moissanite is a mineral created by a laboratory as a
good diamond replacement stone. It was introduced into the market in the 1990s.
It has become the choice of some for their fine jewelry collection. There are
those who prefer moissante to cubic zirconia. The moissante match diamond in
the hardness of the mineral, but there is a downside. The cost is about $500
per carat and the moissante does not have the brilliance and fire of a diamond
or the cubic zirconia.

Just recently introduced into the US jewelry market is the Diamond Nexus. The
Diamond Nexus is a result of a new scientific processing technique. They are an
excellent replacement stone for the mined diamond. They possess all the
qualities of a diamond from the hardness to the brilliance and fire. They are
only used in precious metal settings and are priced fairly reasonably at $79 a

The Russian cubic zirconias are the cubic zirconia of the highest quality. The
Russian cubic zirconia used in jewelry feature superior cutting and polishing
techniques. Because of the masterful cutting and polishing techniques used to
finish the stones, enhances the brilliance and fire of the stone creating a
stone of a much higher quality than those mass produced and machine cut with
very little polishing.

The Russian cubic zirconias used in jewelry are hand picked from the highest
quality raw stones, hand cut by master cutters and hand polished. The
specifications used for each of the Russian cubic zirconias are the same as
those set down by the Gemological Institute of America for diamonds.

The Russian cubic zirconias are barely visible when compared to diamonds by
experts. The experts must use advanced gemological tools to discern the
differences between the Russian cubic zirconia and a diamond. Because the
Russian cubic zirconia has more diffusion with light than a diamond, they have
a profusion of fire and brilliance.

For my money, I will take a cubic zirconia jewelry over the other synthetic
diamond jewelry any day.

Cubic Zirconia Jewelry Trivia

Jostens, the maker of class rings and the famed Super Bowl ring, is said to be
making a Fantasy Football Ring. The fantasy football players are now going to
be rewarded with a Signet Fantasy Football Championship Ring for the measly
price of $99.00. There are 5 different designs to choose from the highest base
price being $309.00. The "Franchise IV" model with the base price of $309.00 is
described to include 24 cubic zirconias and one 40-point cubic zirconia in the
center. Beneath the description is written an upgrade is available for an
additional charge. The upgrade will include a 40-point diamond set in a
14-karat white gold band. The ring will run you about $2000.00. Cheap!

Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Minnie Driver, and Angelina Jolie have
made it known they will only wear synthetic diamonds, such as cubic zirconia to
many of the red carpet events. They are protesting the use of forced child labor
in the mining of the so called "blood diamonds".

In the city of Tumkur the jeweler entrusted with the creation of the tiaras for
Miss India-Universe, Miss India-World, and Miss India-Earth winner has been
doing this since 2004. The owner says the tiaras consist of 22-carat gold,
finest cubic zirconia stones, diamonds and precious colored stones.

Suzanne Somers, the actress turned entrepreneur, purchased the design of a
Harry Winston bracelet. Made with diamonds the bracelet probably retails for
about one million dollars. She has instead made the same bracelet grid using
cubic zirconia so she can sell it for only $189.00.

Cubic zirconia jewelry and the stones themselves have been getting more and
more attention. People will become more and more interested in cubic zirconia
jewelry. If they have never seen it before, they will make it a point to look
for it during their next shopping spree. Once they see the beauty of the cubic
zirconia in beautiful gold, sterling silver or platinum setting, their eyes
will become wide with surprise. The price tag will hook them completely.

When they learn about all the options a consumer has to pick from when it comes
to cubic zirconia jewelry, they will be making their lists for gift giving or
they might even find something for themselves. With cubic zirconias coming in
colored stones increases the selection of the consumer to be even larger than
it is with the white cubic zirconia. They will look like someone's birthstone.
Birthstone rings were very popular at one time and I don't think they have lost
much in the way of public interest.

With the prices of some things as high as they are the price of the cubic
zirconia is like a breath of fresh air. The public will become more and more
cost conscious. The public already wants the most they can get for their money,
but I believe it could reach the point where cubic zirconia jewelry will be much
more common than diamonds and some other precious stones. People are always
looking for a good buy and I believe with cubic zirconia jewelry, everyone gets
a good buy.

Antique Styles Created with Cubic Zirconia

Cubic zirconia can be made into any style of jewelry imaginable. One of the
styles you might not have considered is the Victorian antique style of jewelry.
Victorian style antique jewelry can be purchased with a cubic zirconia instead
of a diamond.

In Great Britain during the reign of Queen Victoria came the Victorian jewelry
period. It started in 1836 and ran through 1901. The designs of the Victorian
era were spurred by the Queen's love for her husband and children. The designs
mirrored a romantic, sentimental outlook. The inspired theme of the designs
came from flowers, bows, hearts, birds, and human hair. All of these were
incorporated into the designs of the jewelry. Some of the most popular
gemstones used during this time era were the garnet, opal, amethysts, and seed
pearls. Opals were the favorite of Queen Victoria, making opals a very popular
gemstone. After diamonds were discovered in 1837 in South Africa, they were
used in jewelry and became increasingly popular. The jewelry was to be given to
show love and was worn during times of mourning as a symbol of love.

Jewelry from the Art Deco jewelry period has been made using cubic zirconia
instead of diamonds with great success. The Art Deco jewelry period began in
1920 and lasted until 1935. During this time period dazzling jewelry was
produced which was so markedly different to the jewelry produced during earlier
time periods. In difference from the soft colors and the flowing lines of the
jewelry came very bold, deep, and brilliant colors. The lines no longer were
flowing, instead were very even, straight lines. This was the time era of the
flappers and jazz.

Egyptian had a very strong influence making the sphinx and falcon very popular.
With the concentration of balance and harmony in the jewelry, gemstones were cut
using geometrical cuts to blend. Women had started wearing their hair short and
very straight. Popular jewelry consisted of long earring, long strings of
pearls or beads, cocktail rings and diamond watches. The most popular gems of
the time were emeralds, sapphires and rubies. Diamonds were still the gems for
wedding and engagement rings.

Cubic zirconia has also been successful in recreating jewelry from the Retro
Jewelry Period, also. The Retro jewelry period started in 1935 and ran through
1950, which was during the years of the Great Depression. The characteristics
of the Retro jewelry period are large vivid colored gemstones in large
rectangular cuts. The synthetic gemstones of ruby and sapphires were some of
the popular stones of the time era. With platinum not being available, yellow
gold was the metal used in most of the jewelry of the day. Jewelry designers
created jewelry pieces with multiple colors and with combinations of rose,
yellow and green gold. The fashion piece of the time period was the charm
bracelet. They were worn with multiple charms attached to a link bracelet.

The elaborate settings of the engagement ring gave the illusion of a larger
diamond. The price was affordable enough to be chosen by the thrifty women of
the 1930s. Some of these same types of settings are still popular today.

Cubic Zirconia Jewelry is Making a Splash in Fashion

We love color. We don't like the drab of only black and white. We want the
brilliant blues, the deep reds, the bright yellows and the vibrant amber. Cubic
zirconia jewelry is giving us color. Cubic zirconia is a very close look alike
to diamonds, but did you know they can be made in colors also. Instead of
paying the price of a real sapphire, you can have a cubic zirconia colored like
a sapphire, a garnet, amethyst, or a citrine. As always the price is still

Fashion jewelry offers the trendy new styles in whatever bold colors are "in"
that season. This is perfect to help you spice up your wardrobe with color.
Every one wears black and white, but we always add some color to the outfit.
Color is a very important part of a wardrobe.

Of course not all jewelry has to have color to be fashion jewelry. The white
cubic zirconia in a setting of sterling silver is very fashionable. Most people
prefer to get a lot and to pay less. With cubic zirconia jewelry made with
sterling silver, you get the best of both worlds. With the cubic zirconia
looking like diamonds or any other gemstone and the sterling silver has the
look of platinum, and both of them at a cheaper price than the real things, you
are really getting your dollar's worth. You get the classic elegant look of the
silver and cubic zirconia combined which will rival any diamond with silver
piece of jewelry.

So what colors are "big" this summer? Every color that comes out of your
garden, the color of the summer sky which will include all the pinks, and
yellows, and blues, and greens, and reds blooming in your garden now. In
celebration of summer you can add an ankle bracelet to your jewelry wardrobe.
Summer is the best time of year to wear an ankle bracelet. During the winter
our ankles tend to stay covered. So while they are out for the summer, adorn
them. Give your summer attire the finished look it needs.

So let's get started. Add some color to your jewelry wardrobe. Bring home a
vibrant blue earring and necklace set made with blue colored cubic zirconia and
sterling silver. Maybe you would rather have a beautiful deep red ruby ring. How
about a charm bracelet? Maybe you need a brooch to attach your favorite wrap.
What ever your wardrobe has in the way of color can be mirrored in your
jewelry. Choose some spectacular pieces, and because they are so affordable you
can buy more than just one. You can get the necklace and add the matching
earrings and bracelet.

You can get the matching ring and necklace and throw in an ankle bracelet too.
Even the white cubic zirconia, especially if you get it with a precious metal
will look very elegant for your evenings out. What ever you choose to add to
your jewelry collection will be great if you make it cubic zirconia. It is one
way you can't go wrong.

Cubic Zirconia Engagement Rings

We are all familiar with the engagement ring. The man makes a commitment of
marriage and shows it by the giving an engagement ring to the woman he intends
to marry. We know June is one of the most popular months for weddings, and it
has been noted engagement rings are a popular Christmas gift. Do we know when
the tradition of the giving of an engagement ring started?

Engagement rings have been discovered as far back as the days of the Roman
Empire. The rings were known as betrothal rings. They were given by a man to a
woman to testify to their up coming nuptials. During this time era iron was the
metal used to make the betrothal rings, not gold, and the betrothal rings were
not adorned with a jewel.

Engravings on the inside of the engagement ring began in the 1600s and quickly
became popular. The traditions has survived up to current times where the
engraving of initials or the engagement date is often placed on the inside of
the engagement ring.

The rings of recent times have been set with diamonds, but cubic zirconia
settings have become more and more popular. The beauty of the stone rivals the
beauty of a diamond, but the cost is about 75% less than the cost of a diamond.

Another tradition in engagement rings is having the engagement ring set with
the bride's birthstone as an accent to the diamond or cubic zirconia.

Engagement rings have become an integrated part of the marriage process. Some
of those people who opt for just a simple wedding band do so because of cost.
Some just like the simple band for simplicity sake. Those opting because of the
cost in many cases will buy a more elaborate ring in their later years. Those
newly engaged couples could opt to choose cubic zirconia over a diamond and
enjoy the ring they want now for the price they can afford. Practical couple
will consider saving money on the ring for a better use of the money saved in
their new life or honeymoon. There could be thousands of uses for the money
saved in the cost of the ring. There is no point in settling for a small stone
and get a diamond when you can have the elaborate ring of your choice for less
money. If you wish to include the birthstone of the bride, it can be done with
the synthetic gemstones available. You will not sacrifice the brilliance and
beauty of the ring for the cost. To the untrained eye the cubic zirconia can
not be told apart from a diamond. No one will know the difference unless you
tell them. You may be so proud of the ring and the money you saved, you may
feel like shouting it off of a rooftop.

Right now you may be single, but you might want to take a good look at cubic
zirconia engagement ring for when the time comes. See if you can tell the
difference between the cubic zirconia and the diamond. Be sure to check out the
quality of a cubic zirconia ring when compared to a diamond ring. They are
plenty of web sites selling diamond and cubic zirconia rings. Sometimes you
will see them side by side, and the only way to tell them apart is by the
price. Cubic zirconia can be colored so you don't have to settle for a white
stone. To find the same color in the diamond will be difficult because they are
rare and costly. When you are ready to take the plunge, look at the cubic
zirconia rings before you make your final choice.

Cubic Zirconia Earrings

Earrings is like adding icing to a cake, it is the finishing touch to a women's
fashion ensemble. Cubic zirconia in its diamond like appearance and its colored
version are used in the designs of earrings. You will find them in hoop
earrings, droplet earrings, stud earrings, and the chandelier earrings. Mostly
precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum and titanium are used in cubic
zirconia earrings, but you can find some with stainless steel.

Earrings have been around since about 2500 BC. but only the wealthy and royalty
could afford to own them. These earrings were discovered in Iraq during an
archeological dig. Only two types of earrings have been found dating back to
that time era. They are the hoop earrings and the pendent earrings. Not long
after the Egyptians began using what is known as earplugs. These are not the
same type of earplugs we are familiar with today. They used earplugs in
conjunction with piercing of the ear lobe. It is said King Tutankhamen had such
a piercing in his ear.

Poverty dominated the Dark Ages to the point jewelry making was not made. The
designs were secured and were used after the Dark Ages were over. Early Roman
women used earrings to display their wealthy position. Precious stones such as
emeralds, sapphires and aquamarines were used the most.

The changing of hairstyles influenced the designer of jewelry. There are times
in history where earrings were not worn at all. The elaborate headdresses worn
in the Middle Ages were not worn with earrings. The ears could not be seen. The
bonnets of the 1800th century made it difficult to wear earrings. Also at that
same time women wore their hair in a knot at the back of their head. Their ears
not visible again.

When hairstyles started getting shorter or was worn swept up and away from the
face. Designers were again making earrings. Today earring are sometime worn and
sometimes not worn. It makes very little difference how today's women wear their
hair. We keep the earring designer very busy.

With cubic zirconia earrings we can look like we are wearing diamonds without
paying the price for diamonds. You can also buy earrings with a necklace to
match. These matching sets help you start your jewelry ensemble. Some people
want to mix the jewelry they wear together while others want everything to
match. Whichever way you choose to wear your jewelry ensemble. I know you will
be able to get what you want in a line of cubic zirconia jewelry pieces.
Because the prices are so economical, you will be able to get everything all at
once. You will also love the quality of cubic zirconia jewelry. They also make
great gifts. Most of the jewelers in the business of selling and possibly even
manufacturing cubic zirconia jewelry, are reputable dealers. They stand behind
their products. They will work with you should there be a problem with a piece
they sell you. You will be able to find a number of retail outlets where you
can shop for your cubic zirconia earrings.

Cubic Zirconia Cufflinks and Tie Pins

In many cases, I think cufflinks and tie pins have been forgotten. With the
relaxing of business attire for men in the office, cufflinks and tie pins are
no longer a necessity. However, evening attire has remained the coat and tie
version where cufflinks and tie pins still rule the men's fashion accessories.

When shopping for cufflinks and tie pins, you will find a number of whimsical
and trendy pieces, which may attest to the man's hobby or interest. For
example, playing cards, dice or even liquor bottles. Other examples include
carpenter tool, hand-tied fishing flies under glass, horses, roulette wheels,
cap pistols. For the sports fanatics football, baseball and basketball team
logos, or footballs, basketball, golf balls and golf club. The traditional
cufflinks and tie pins with the classic and elegant are still available. You
can find some of the traditional cufflinks and tie pins made of gold plated or
silver plated stainless steel with a burnished finish or with a brilliant shine
in various shapes such as round, oval, square, triangles and bars. Also
available are the jewel-encrusted cufflinks or tie pins. They can be made with
colored gemstones such as emeralds or sapphires, or they will have a diamond or
cubic zirconia stone.

Cufflinks are traditionally worn with a French-cuff shirt. This style of shirt
has no buttons at the cuff to hold them closed. However cufflinks have been
around longer than the French-cuffed shirts. They have found evidence of a type
of cuff fastener in the hieroglyphics in King Tut's tomb. Cufflinks or cuff
fasteners in the mid 1600s were worn only by royalty and were used as
decoration. It was in the late 1700s cufflinks were fashioned in a different
style to what had previously been worn and was adopted by the middle class and
tradesmen of the day. Cufflinks created in the 1840s were held together by
metal and sometimes brass chains. They were created from gold, silver or pearl

The cufflink and the tie pin have come along way since then. They are still a
fashion accessory for men and women who sport the French-cuff shirt with a tie
today. They also have a much larger selection to choose from than history
depicts men had to choose from then. Men and women can choose from the plain,
but elegant look of metal or the jewel encrusted cufflinks and tie pins.

Although cubic zirconia may be the least expensive of the stones used in the
making of some of today's cufflinks, they are by far the best use of your
money. They have the look of elegance and the brilliance of a diamond. A cubic
zirconia cufflink coupled with a cubic zirconia tie pin is a stunning finishing
touch to a man's suit. Some men say cufflinks are the same to men as earrings
are to women. One more pair is never too many and there are many interesting
styles to choose from. Cubic zirconia may only make up a small part of the
cufflink and tie pin industry, but are a welcomed beautiful and affordable

Cubic Zirconia Brooches

Brooches have been used for hundreds of years. The Viking women used brooches
to fasten two straps of their pinafores together. The brooches of that time
were only serviceable so they were not decorated with jewels. However, through
out history brooches have been used to hold up tunics, as a fastener for
cloaks, or to hold up bits of material.

Brooches have been an important of the type of clothing worn for centuries. The
jeweled brooches were not only enhanced with the addition of jewels and color,
but they were still useful as well. Sometime in the Middle Ages the circle pin
became the most typical brooch. Usually these jeweled brooches were inscribed
for a loved one. A large number of the more elegant brooches appeared with the
image of lovers formed in gold and enameled in bright colors. Some of the
elegant brooches still in existence have religious scenes. They are often
decorated with pearls and precious stones.

Today brooches have been used in various ways. They can adorn the lapel of a
winter coat, or pin a scarf to a blouse or dress. Sometimes they will add
decoration to a plain dress. Some of the circle one still can be found, but
often times they will be in the shape of a dragon fly, a butterfly, a feather,
or a flower. There are some shaped like snakes, turtles and other creatures.

These brooches are made from sterling silver, gold or platinum and decorated
with gemstones, diamonds or cubic zirconia. Some of the brooches have no stones
at all, but are painted to give them color. Some are plain precious metal.

If you are looking for brooches and are on a budget, I would recommend the
cubic zirconia brooches. They can be set in a precious metal covered with small
cubic zirconia stones and the cost will be around $50.00.

Brooches are a great gift idea mostly because many women don't buy them for
themselves. If they are given one, they will undoubtedly think of something
they wear needing an added touch and the brooch would be perfect.

Beautiful brooches are not seen as often as they once were. Maybe we aren't
wearing them as often as we once did or even as often as our Mothers did.
However, a brooch can be a lovely addition to your cubic zirconia jewelry. With
all the colors available in the cubic zirconia and the affordable price we
really don't have a good reason for not wearing brooches more often.

Take a look at your wardrobe. See if you own something a brooch can enhance. If
you wear blazers, the right brooch or possibly a lapel pin would compliment and
help complete the look your blazer created. A heavy wool coat can always use a
brooch for the lapel. The scarves you wear can be draped and held in place by a
beautiful brooch. The cubic zirconia brooches are the best buy for your money.
Try them with colored stones or try them natural. They will make you look like
you are wearing diamonds and you don't need to let them know any different.

Cubic Zirconia Bracelets

Bracelets have been around almost as long as some other pieces of jewelry. They
were worn in Ancient Egypt as a major piece of jewelry. In fact the early
Egyptians probably wore the first charm bracelets. The men would carry around
certain items known at that time to ward off their enemies or evil spirits.
Because they carried them around, at some time the charms were combined with
jewelry pieces, which were worn around the neck or the wrist. This jewelry
service a dual purpose, not only did they ward off their enemies and evil
spirits, but they also were worn to signify to the Gods of this persons
position in the after life.

The bands of leather worn on the forearm's of men and soldiers were known as
"Bracels". Although the bracels were adorn with gold and silver, and some times
gemstones, they function was of a protective gear. When women decided the
smaller bracels were attractive for them to wear, the bracels were renamed to

Bracelets have been seen through out the years worn by men and women, and made
out of various types of materials such as iron, leather, copper, beads, teeth,
bones and then of precious metals such as gold and silver. Bracelets also have
been known to worn on the upper portion of a women's arm to enhance a
sleeveless outfit.

Today bracelets are still made from the precious metals, gold, silver and
platinum. Titanium is beginning to become more popular because of its
lightweight, durability and the hypoallergenic benefits. You can find bracelets
adorned with a variety of gemstones, real or synthetic. The diamond tennis
bracelets have been very popular since introduced into the market. You can now
get these same tennis bracelets with cubic zirconia to replace the diamonds at
much lower cost than the original.

Cubic zirconia, synthetic gemstones, diamonds and real gemstones can be found
in the various creations of bracelets on the market today. Along with the
common precious metals, gold, silver and platinum are used in the designing of
bracelets, however there are still some old stand-byes. Modern acrylics and
plastics are used to make the trendy bracelets. Copper is still used in the
making of bracelets because of the noted effect it seems to have in alleviating
the discomforts of arthritis.

Anklets have been around for almost as long as bracelets have been around. You
will find them created from the same precious metals as the bracelets. The
gemstones used are sometimes a smaller version than typically found adorning
bracelets. However the effect is still the same.

Cubic zirconia being the best buy for your money, are very popular in the
making of fashion bracelets. The fact they come in a variety of colors also
helps make them more popular in jewelry fashion design. Cubic zirconia can be
found incorporated with all of the known precious metal from gold to titanium.
They are used mostly in the bracelets with a chain as the base You can be sure
that no matter the situation, you will be able to find a bracelet befitting
your taste within the price range of your budget.

Cubic Zirconia and Sterling Silver -- A Match Made in Heaven?

For centuries with each new change in the times there was a change in ladies
fashion. In the beginning there was no fashion and no choices to make unless it
was, "shall I wear the brown one today or the other brown one?" Clothes had to
be tied with small rope or heavy threads just to keep them on. Major changes in
the fashion industry have happen over the years. Many of us have seen the
pre-mini skirt phase, the mini-skirt and hot pants phase, the maxi-skirt phase
and the list goes on. We have seen a lot of changes in our own lifetimes. With
each new season comes a new idea in fashion, or sometimes an old idea spruced
up. The fashion industry keeps making room for those new ideas.

The same thing has happened with jewelry over the years. New ideas and new
materials to be used in jewelry have help make the jewelry of today what it is.
Jewelry is not a simple ornament, it is a fashion statement. Accessories are
important to a women's wardrobe and if men would admit it to their wardrobe too.

The designers of today have come up with some stunning creations. We get a
glimpse of them as they are walking on the red carpet. The price tag is so
astronomical it would take us two lifetimes to pay for them.

However, there is an alternative. Because of the high fashion pieces we have
seen on the red carpet and in other situations, there is a huge demand on cubic
zirconia to mimic these lovely works of art. Cubic zirconia could be on the fast
track to becoming a girl's next best friend because of the availability and the
price. They look so much like diamonds is it impossible for the average person
to tell the difference, and they give us a very appealing option to the real
diamonds on the market.

Silver jewelry is becoming more popular because of its price when compared to
the price of platinum. Silver jewelry has a quality gold can not match. Silver
can be very subtle in bring out features of a stone or a design. It seems to
have a very delicate look about it and when coupled with a cubic zirconia
together they are transformed into something awe inspiring. Before the creation
of cubic zirconia, silver has been used for years in the making of fine jewelry.
You can find silver in many more places than in the past because of its
increased popularity. Today you can find silver jewelry in almost every jewelry

When you put a cubic zirconia in a sterling silver setting, the results are
stunning and well worth the price. This is the type of ornamental jewelry that
appeals to women the most. The two compliment each other beautifully, and if a
woman chooses to have a stone with some color, the cubic zirconia comes in a
wide variety of colors. The coupling of sterling silver and a cubic zirconia
colored stone or the most common white stone is a beautiful combination.

Creating Your Own Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

If you are the creative type person, you may enjoy making your own jewelry. You
are able to make the design as unique as you are and you can choose the stones
that will enhance your design. It will all be your choosing. Creating your own
cubic zirconia jewelry allows you to have the freedom to create exactly what
you want. Since cubic zirconia comes in a variety of beautiful colors, you will
be able to combine stones not found in tradition settings at your local jewelry

You will have the freedom to create your own design or you can choose a
designer who will make the jewelry for you. The stones can be purchased in bulk
at wholesale prices, which will enable you to have enough stones to make a
jewelry ensemble.

Creating your own jewelry can sound like a much more difficult process than it
actually is. It will take some work, patience and resolve on your part to get
the project through to completion. Now let's look at some of the steps to
creating your own cubic zirconia jewelry.

You have to think about what you want to make. Have the idea in your mind and
visualize it. This will help give you direction when you are in the process of
making your jewelry. It is frustrating to be in the middle of making your
jewelry and don't know the direction you need to go in. Your project is likely
to be put on hold for a time.

Now you have to decide the type of materials you want to use. The stone
color(s) you want and the type of metal. Gold or silver metal may be a little
more expensive than you want to spend for you first effort at making jewelry.
You may want to start off making your first attempts in something cheaper. Get
the mistakes out of the way before you progress to the gold, silver or platinum
stages. Stainless steel would be a good choice of a material to use on your
first attempt to making your own cubic zirconia jewelry.

Now that you have decided on the metal you will use. We can look more closely
at the piece you have chosen to make. For example, you have decided to make a
pair of earrings first. How are the earrings going to look? Are they going to
be stud earrings or would you like to make wires to dangle from your ears?

Now everything has been decided on, it is time to find instructions on how to
make the piece exactly as you want them to look. You can find the type of
instructions you need at your local craft store or you can even find them by
searching the web.

Gather all the materials you will need to make your piece of jewelry. If you
need to make a list. Don't start making your piece of jewelry until you have
all the materials you need all together. You will hate getting to the "good
part", so to speak, and have to stop because you forgot one item. Double or
even triple checking all the materials is a good way to insure you have
everything you need.

Start assembling your piece of jewelry.

After you have completed your piece of jewelry, take a look at it. You can wear
it around with pride in yourself. After this project, you will probably want to
do more. Necklace to match, gifts for family and friends, etc. the
possibilities are endless.

Choosing the Shape of Your Cubic Zirconia

When choosing cubic zirconia jewelry, you will be looking at the cut of the
stone in combination with the design of the ring. The cut of the stone is as
important as the design. The two combined together will compliment each other
in a beautiful arrangement for you to wear on your hand, arm, neck or ears.

If you choose to have a piece of cubic zirconia jewelry custom-made, with a
design of your own creation or a design chosen from a designer, you will want
to choose the right cut of stone to enhance the design. A cubic zirconia stone
will come in the same type of cuts you will see in a diamond. Diamond cutters
are always trying to come up with new and unique cuts for the stones. These
listed below are the most popular cuts of diamonds, gemstones and cubic

Round Brilliant -- The round brilliant is the most elegant, classic cut. The
stone has been well rounded and highly polished to reflect an abundant
percentage of light. Because of the brilliance of the cut of stone, could be
reason for the name.

Marquise -- The marquise is a long, almost slender cut of stone. It is pointed
at both of ends and is slightly rounded in the middle. This cut can be made to
be longer or shorter depending on the design of the ring or the preference of
the client.

Princess -- The princess cut is the square cut of stone. The brilliance of the
stone comes from the complex cuts in the corner of the stone.

Radiant/Emerald -- The radiant and the emerald are two different cuts, but a
similar in various ways. They are both cut into a rectangle shape. They both
have a very classic look about them. However, the radiant cut was not invented
until sometime in the 1970s. The emerald cut had started loosing it's
popularity in the early 1970s. The radiant cut has more complex cuts in the
stone for the maximum reflection of light and brilliance.

Pear -- The pear shape is also known as the teardrop shape. The cut combines
the lengthened shape of the marquise cut with brilliant elegance the round cut

Oval -- The oval cut is a rounded, elongated cut stone. It is cut to bring out
the brilliance of the stone giving it an elegant look. This cut of stone has
become very popular as the center in a design of elegant pieces of jewelry.

Heart -- The heart is a frivolous fun creation. The heart shape stones have
been used in many different settings of earrings, necklaces and rings. Recently
it has become more popular in rings especially engagement rings.

These cuts of stone are well known and are very popular when choosing cubic
zirconia jewelry. When choosing cubic zirconia jewelry, you will have these
stones to pick from as well as some unique cuts not mentioned here. Choose
jewelry to enhance your style whether it is one of the well known cuts or a
unique cut only owned and worn by you.

A Guide to Buying Wholesale Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

Cubic zirconia jewelry is increasing in popularity because of the improvement
in the quality and the variety of jewelry styles it can be found in. If you
want to make your own jewelry, you may want to look into buying your stones in
bulk and at wholesale prices rather than retail. You are still able to find the
shape and cut of the stones you want and in the colors you want.

Cubic zirconia is a made in a laboratory to have the same features of a
diamond, so it could be used as a replacement for the diamond. Even though the
hardness of the cubic zirconia is not equally to the hardness of a diamond, the
cubic zirconia is still increasing in popularity because of its harness and
brilliant shine. It has become of the more popular choices for a diamond
replacement in jewelry. Because cubic zirconia is available in the different
shapes and the variety of colors, they can be found in the most fashionable
styles in all types of jewelry such as rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

All of the gemstones made in the laboratory carry the same traits and feature
of their natural counterpart. They have become more popular for their beauty
and less as a replacement of the original stone. The synthetic gemstones
creating in the laboratory have the same mineral in their make up as the
natural stones. The cubic zirconia however is different because its composition
is to simulate a diamond. It is made with the same crystal system found in a
diamond. Unlike it synthetic relatives the cubic zirconia was only found once
in its natural setting and has never been found again.

The synthetic gemstones are made to emulate all types of stones, such as coral,
diamond, alexandrite, emerald, sapphire, ruby, garnet, quartz, and turquoise.
They can also be found in the same fashionable shapes their natural
counterparts. They are available in, such as round, oval, pear, heart, and

Even though the cubic zirconia is a diamond replacement stone in jewelry. They
can also come in a large variety of colors. They are available as oval-shaped
champagne stones, heart-shaped pink stones, or pear-shaped blue stones. Each
colored stone is available in every shape the diamond can be found no matter
the color of the cubic zirconia.

When buying wholesale stones, you want to find the high quality stone. Make
sure to look at their samples for the quality of the cut, the smoothness, the
hardness, and the weight. If you are unable to detect a high quality stone,
enlist the assistance of a good gemologist you can trust. Even though you are
trying to find the best prices in stones when looking at wholesale, do not buy
second hand stones. You want the jewelry you make to wear to look like it a
high quality piece of jewelry. Cubic zirconias are available in different
grades such as Grade A, Grade AAA and Grade AAAAA. The Grade AAAAA offers
long-lasting brilliance and sparkle, so it has become a high valued stone with
consumers. If you choose to make your own jewelry, remember to make quality
your top priority.

Why Should You Buy Fake Jewelry?

As you know, cubic zirconia is often used to replace a diamond because of the
similarities to a diamond. Although cubic zirconia is a beautiful stone in its
own right, cubic zirconia has been connected with the its use as an imitation
for rubies, emerald, sapphires and diamonds just to name a few. Consequently is
it thought of only as a fake and not of a beautiful stone. An average size
diamond can cost thousands of dollars or more. All for a sparkling rock to be
worn on the finger, around the neck or on the wrist. Diamonds may be a girl
best friend, but it is most definitely someone's bank account worst nightmare.

Without a marriage proposal I bet the fake's just became the girl's newest best
friend especially if she is paying for them herself. You can have the same
elegant and elaborate jewelry you see on the stars on the red carpet or in the
movies without paying an arm and both of your legs for them. Many jewelry
manufacturers are making the similar creations only using a cubic zirconia in
the place of all the stones in the jewelry piece. Honestly if you think about
it wearing jewelry costing that much you will need to hire bodyguards just like
those ladies have.

You don't have to do without stunning jewelry in your collection just make them
cubic zirconia instead of diamonds or other priceless gems. They won't look any
different, so you may still have those thieves trying to snatch them off your
neck, but they won't get anything you can't replace.

The people who can afford the million dollar diamond necklaces probably don't
really wear them in public at all. They could easily wear cubic zirconia
jewelry instead to ensure the safety of the jewelry, which lives most of the
time in a safety deposit box at the bank or in some vault somewhere. Can you
imagine owning that kind of jewelry and not even having the opportunity to wear
it? It seems like such a waste to spend all that money on something to stay in
hiding all of its days.

I want jewelry I can wear. I want jewelry that looks good without looking
gaudy. I want it to compliment the outfit I wear and I want to be able to
afford it. There are so many necessities we need money for so to me buying
expensive jewelry is such as waste of money. Jewelry is a luxury we should be
able to afford. With cubic zirconia we can choose a larger stone, or something
covered with stones. We can have the multiple stones a cubic zirconia with
synthetic rubies, or synthetic sapphires with a cubic zirconia.

We can even get the matching set with necklace, earrings and ring. Cubic
zirconia gives us options we would not be able to afford otherwise. I wish
people would see the beauty of the cubic zirconia and forget for one moment it
is a fake diamond. I think they would learn to appreciate the stone a lot more,
and manufacturers would not place them in anything, but quality settings.

Shopping Online for Quality Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

Shopping online has become a common occurrence with some of us. It saves time
not having to run from store to store looking for the best deal or to find
exactly what we are looking for. The jewelry industry is a very large online
enterprise. It is great for the shopper because of the competitive prices and
the huge selection. However, in a basket of apples there are always some bad
apples. The online jewelry business can be very easily started. The merchant
merely plays the middleman between the consumer and the manufacturer. He can
fill their site with product. Since they will probably be using a drop ship
service, they do not have a large investment in order to keep items in stock.
There will also be scams artist in almost every type of business when money is
involved, so you will want to learn the tale tell signs of the scam artist so
you can avoid them.

When do any kind of shopping online, you need to find out the length of time
the merchant has been in business. Scam artist will be changing their name
every few months and starting again under a new name. Find out the number of
hits they have to their web site. This will let you know how popular they are.

Look at the information they have on their web site. Do have any address, not
just a PO Box? Do they have a contact number? Can you contact them by email? Do
they have a live chat line for customer assistance? These types of things can
tell you a lot about the business. You will want to give them a call. Type them
an email to see if you even get an answer back. Contact their live chat line,
just because they say they have one doesn't mean someone will actually be on
the other end. You will be told to return later. If you never chat with anyone,
think twice before buying that $350.00 necklace and earring set.

If they have any business icons posted on their site, such as the Better
Business Bureau icon, you probably should check those out for legitimacy. They
may have other business icons. You should check them all out, especially before
you make an expensive purchase.

When buying quality cubic zirconia jewelry at your local jewelry store, you
will receive a certificate of authenticity for the piece. The same should be
true when making a purchase of a quality cubic zirconia jewelry purchase
online. Make sure you will be receiving an authenticity certificate when making
your purchase.

As in any large purchase whether it be made online or at a local retail outlet,
shop around and do your research. This will insure you will receive the item you
have purchased and the price you are paying is a fair price. Even though cubic
zirconia jewelry is not as pricey as diamond jewelry, you still want to get
what you paid for. It is easy to forget the amount of research we do when the
company is just down the street before making an expensive purchase. So, it
would only stand to reason, when making the same kind of purchase online we
need to do the same research. Since everyone does not have the same price for
the same item, shop around for the best price while you are checking everything
else out about the online merchant. You will be glad you did.

The Latest Trends in Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

Titanium rings are the latest fashion craze to hit this summer and fall. The
jewelry styles of the titanium and tungsten fashions are sleek with very clean
lines. Titanium metal is a very lightweight metal, but yet titanium is very
durable so, it will last for years to come. With titanium you don't have to
worry about having any kind of reaction to the metal against your skin.
Titanium is hypoallergenic.

The styles created with titanium and tungsten are unique and different from any
other style of jewelry on the market. They have a beauty without the addition of
any of the precious stones they are coupled with. The new titanium and tungsten
styles in jewelry are going to be one of the most sought after items on the
market today.

If you have not had the opportunity to look at this new jewelry craze, you will
want to check out the Edward Mirell? Collection. His collection features some
very sleek styles created with the patented black and colored titanium. With
titanium you can virtually have any color of ring you desire.

Outdoor enthusiast and athletes will love the rings and watches made from
titanium and tungsten. They are well known for their resistance to corrosion
and at the same time providing ideal matchless beauty. The sleek, contemporary
look of the titanium and tungsten jewelry will take you from daytime wear to
eveningwear, there is no need to change accessories if you are wearing this
style of jewelry. There are lightweight for the office and elegant for evening.

With titanium rings you can choose a classic band or a more complex design
using two types of metal, such as titanium with the gold inlaid. You can also
choose rings with diamonds or for the more discerning taste cubic zirconia. The
cubic zirconia and the titanium compliment each other very well when matched in
a titanium ring, necklace or earrings.

With titanium and cubic zirconia jewelry, you won't have to mortgage the house
or rob a bank to own them. The prices are very reasonable. You will have
beautiful, contemporary jewelry to wear virtually all of the time. Because of
its durability, this is something you will own for many, many years.

If you have a wedding set, or are newly engaged and haven't bought a wedding
set, you will want to look into the stunning wedding sets available in the
titanium and tungsten jewelry collection before you buy anything. Be sure to
check out the cubic zirconia wedding rings. You will love the look of the rings
and the stone and the prices will not set you back a years pay. You can have the
elegance and beauty that will last you a lifetime.

If you don't want to replace your wedding rings, you will still want to see the
wonderful ring selection. Anniversaries come once a year, so you may decide to
get her or him some thing special for this year's anniversary. Make sure to
check out the cubic zirconia and titanium rings, necklaces and earrings

The Cleaning and Care of Your Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

All jewelry needs regular cleaning to maintain their beauty. The cubic zirconia
is not any different. By following these tips your cubic zirconia will keep its
brilliance and sparkle.

When cubic zirconia is set in gold or sterling silver, it can be worn everyday
without any damaging effects. Of course the exceptions are as follows.

Although cubic zirconia's hardness can almost match the hardness of a diamond,
both stones can still chip bumped a certain way. You will want to remove your
jewelry anytime you intend to do any heavy labor.

Soaps can leave behind a residue of film that will dim the sparkle and the
brilliance of your cubic zirconia. Make sure to remove your cubic zirconia
before showering or any kind of cleaning.

Make-up, face and body powder and lotions can also cause the shine of the cubic
zirconia to dull. So remove your cubic zirconia jewelry before coming in contact
with any of these products.

Make a habit of having your cubic zirconia jewelry checked routinely by a
jeweler. He or She will check for any loose settings and will give your cubic
zirconia jewelry a cleaning better than you can do yourself.

How to clean you cubic zirconia jewelry

Set a regular time to clean your cubic zirconia jewelry. The more often it is
cleaned the better it will look. All jewelry will dull a certain amount when it
is exposed to body oils, dirt, soap and hand cream. They will create a solid
build up, which can be difficult to remove.

To clean your cubic zirconia jewelry, buy a brand-name jewelry cleaner in a
liquid form. Allow the jewelry to soak according to the manufacturer's
recommendations. A small, soft brush will usually accompany the cleaner, if not
you will want to find a clean soft toothbrush to clean hard to reach places. An
ultrasonic cleaner along with a cleaning solution can be used to improve
cleaning. If your cubic zirconia stone has the Azotic coating treatment on it,
you can not use the ultrasonic cleaner.

Polish your cubic zirconia jewelry with a soft cotton towel or a chamois skin
cloth in between cleanings.

Some cubic zirconia stones are covered with a Lifetime Guarantee, so check with
your retailer and follow the recommended cleaning and care procedures.

We all get business with various projects and responsibilities, so it is not
uncommon for the cleaning of our jewelry to slip through the cracks. Have you
caught yourself at the last minute of getting ready taking a couple of minutes
to clean your jewelry before you put them on to go out for the evening? All
jewelry requires regular cleaning and proper care to maintain their beauty. So,
set aside one day a week, every two weeks, or every month to attend to the
cleaning of all your jewelry. You will be amazed at the results, and you won't
have to worry about what condition they will be in when you choose them to wear
for a special occasion.

Telling the Difference Between a Cubic Zirconia and a Diamond

Many people have always relied on the same old method of telling a real diamond
from a fake. If it scratches glass, then it is a real diamond. However, that is
not true anymore. Over the years a cubic zirconia has been made to fool the
most discerning eyes and they can cut glass, too.

To be able to tell the difference between a cubic zirconia and a diamond you
must learn the characteristics of the cubic zirconia. These same
characteristics make them look similar to a diamond and also make them
different from a diamond. Chances are you are not going to have this kind of
scale put away on a shelf, but the cubic zirconia's hardness is measured to be
8.3 on the Mohs scale whereas the diamond will register a 10. The cubic
zirconia is flawless where as a flawless diamond is not only rare, but also
very expensive. All diamonds will have some impurities in the stone.

Another characteristic of the cubic zirconia is the gray color it will have
when exposed to sunlight for long periods of time. You can mark the stone in
question with a grease tip pencil or felt tip marker. Because diamonds attract
grease while cubic zirconia repels grease the marking will not stay on the
cubic zirconia.

Checking the transparency of the stone is another test you can do on the stone
you have purchased. Lay the stone in question on top of a newspaper, if you can
read the print through the stone chances are it is not a diamond. However, this
test is not 100 %, so there is a chance it is a diamond.

Also, the facet edges of a stone can help you determine the real from the fake.
The cubic zirconia's edges are sometimes rounded with some chipping. If the
stone has very sharp edges, you may have a diamond.

Then there is the fog test. Put fog on the stone like you would a mirror. If
the stone stays fogging for a few seconds, you may have a cubic zirconia. Real
diamonds will quickly dissolve the heat. However, the result of this test is
not reliable if the stone has accumulated any dirt and oil.

If by chance you have access to a carat scale or a gram scale. You can analyze
the stone's weight. A cubic zirconia weighs more than a diamond with the stones
both being the same size.

These tests can not be 100% reliable in determining the fake from the real
diamond. If you have paid for a diamond and think you may have received a good
fake take it too a qualified gemologist or jeweler.

There is nothing worse than paying for something you did not get. Thieves are
using cubic zirconia stones to switch with real diamonds while pretending to
shop at a jewelry store. Don't always assume your jeweler is a thief. It could
be he was robbed first and hadn't noticed the switch in the fake diamonds for
the real one.

Starting Your Own Cubic Zirconia Jewelry Business

Starting your own business is a dream a lot of people have regarding their
futures. When you really get right down to it, starting your own business is
scary at best. You are taking a vast leap in to the virtual unknown and leaving
the comfort and safety of your 9 to 5 job. It's not great, but the bills get
paid, right? Many people dream of becoming their own boss, but not many
actually do it. You can be one of the few who do. If you love fashion enough to
live it and breath it everyday, and you are out going, never meet a stranger
type of person, you will definitely want to give this idea some serious
thought. Start your own cubic zirconia jewelry business.

The first thing you will need to do is set realistic goals and target, and to
make a business plan. Having a business plan is very important. If you intend
to get a loan or an investor for the backing, you will need a formal business
plan. Your plan will need to be exact especially when it comes to the financial
portion of your plan.

Ensure the type of jewelry (cubic zirconia) you are planning to sell is the
right type of jewelry for your target market. If you are selling in a flea
market venue, don't go for the high-end jewelry such as diamonds.

Host a cubic zirconia jewelry party or have one of your friends host a cubic
zirconia jewelry party. You will get her to invite her friends and relatives
and have the party at her home. As compensation give her some free cubic
zirconia jewelry, it makes for a great incentive for others to host parties in
their home. You will sell your cubic zirconia jewelry without worrying about
competition. At that moment you have no competition.

When you are looking for merchandise to sell, check and buy from E-Bay. Many
people get great deals on items and then re-sell them.

Check on the web to find cubic zirconia wholesale dealers.

You can put your cubic zirconia jewelry in your own garage sale or if you have
a friend having a garage sale, ask her if you can put them out at her garage

You will want to check into a merchant account at various places such as
Paypal. Paypal will let you make payments to companies through them and they
will take payments for you to be placed into your account. Check online for
companies selling low-cost jewelry packaging supplies such as the ring boxes,
etc. You will also want to find low cost shipping supplies and jewelry supplies
and displays. Check into a domain registration and innovative hosting solutions.
This will help you host your own web site to give your customers more access to
you and your merchandise.

These tips will help you get a good start on your own cubic zirconia jewelry
business. Since cubic zirconia is a beautiful stone, and is becoming very
popular because of the availability and the price. Selling them will not be
hard once you have found the right venue and target market. You will be
successful in no time.

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