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Appearance, Uses and History
Cubic Zirconia is, of course, primarily used as a substitute for Diamond. CZ jewellery is widely found, in almost every jewellery store in the nation.
A 925 Silver and CZ ring can be found significantly cheaper than most other stones – as little as £15 at one popular high street jeweller. By comparison, the cheapest Diamond rings were around £100 – and these are very small Diamonds.
It is important to distinguish between several different terms, which are similar but mean different things.
- Zircon is a naturally occurring mineral; ZrSiO4.
- Zirconium is a silver-white metallic element. It has the elemental symbol “Zr”.
- Zirconia is an oxide of Zirconium; ZrO2.
- Cubic Zirconia is a synthetic gemstone produced to mimic or replace Diamond.
Photos of Cubic Zirconia
Photos of Cubic Zirconia Jewellery
Photos of the production of Cubic Zirconia
Hazards and Warnings
Almost all rocks, minerals (and, frankly, almost all other substances on earth) can produce toxic dust when cutting, which can cause serious respiratory conditions including silicosis.
When cutting or polishing rocks, minerals, shells, etc, all work should be done wet to minimise the dust, and a suitable respirator or extraction system should be used.
- زركونيا مكعبة
- घनाकार गोमेदातु
- zircônia cúbica
- ঘন জিরকোনিয়া
- zirkonia kubik
- zirconi cubici
- кубический цирконий
- zircone cubique
- zirconia cúbica
- 큐빅 지르코니아
- ક્યુબિક ઝિર્કોનીયા
Mandarin and Traditional Chinese:
- کوبیک زیرکونیا