Cubic Zirconia Tennis Bracelet
Cubic zirconia is a synthetic gemstone. It is famous because it resembles diamonds. Because it looks like diamonds but is significantly cheaper, cubic zirconia is a highly popular gemstone. You’ll see it used often in items such as tennis bracelets.
Cubic zirconia has a natural counterpart called zirconium oxide which was first discovered in 1892. Zirconium oxide is not found in enough abundance in nature to be sold profitably.
Scientists experimented with the natural zirconium oxide and created cubic zirconia crystals by combining zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide.
Cubic Zirconia resembles diamond so closely that it’s very difficult to distinguish between the two. There are a few key features of CZ which distinguish it from diamond, some observable only under a microscope or a loupe. For example, here are some differences between CZ and Diamond:
In addition, cubic zirconia has greater dispersive power, a higher specifc gravity, and a lower refractive index.