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We’ve all been hearing and talking about the recession, job losses and the state of the retail sector. So many people are on a tight budget and do not want to spend a lot on accessories. When it comes to jewelry, there is no denying that all women love diamonds. You’ve heard the saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. The problem is that not many women can afford them. The solution to that is simple: fake it. How? Cubic Zirconia. Some women may feel uneasy when buying cubic zirconia. That’s because they don’t know enough about them.

Cubic Zirconia is a scientific word for a stimulated diamond. These man-made crystals are durable, inexpensive and come in a wide array of radiant colors. CZ is produced when the mineral baddelyte is heated to 2300 degrees Celsius and then cooled with a stabilizer additive. To make the cz different colors different oxides and elements are added. It’s a pretty scientific process.

 Cubic Zirconia are great alternatives to diamonds because not only can they be cut so that they catch the light brilliantly, they are extremely inexpensive in comparison to real diamonds. It is a known fact that a well-kept secret among the super rich is that many of them wear cubic zirconia when they are attending large parties. Real diamonds can be very expensive and those who own them don’t want to risk losing them. Wearing cubic zirconia to functions that you know you could lose an earring or bracelet is less risky. Buying a duplicate of the piece that you lost is drastically less expensive than replacing it with the real thing. 

Did you know that the quality of cubic zirconia is rated by the scale used for diamonds? A diamond’s value is determined by the four c’s: color, cut, clarity and color. This standard also determines the value of a cubic zirconia gemstone. In fact, retailers have seen a meteoric rise the sale of cubic zirconia stud earrings, tennis bracelets and even classic solitaire rings. If you have the disposal income to buy real diamonds, go for it. They are classic and have long history as being a symbol of everlasting love. If you don’t, do not be afraid to buy cubic zirconia. They can be just as brilliant and classy as the real thing and, more importantly, they will not put a huge dent on your budget.