Baking CZ? Has anyone ever tried it?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

Baking a CZ can give the stone more depth and color, so it better imitates a diamond in the F-G-H color range. I have baked CZ’s and I like the way they have turned out, I baked a CZ heart pendant from Berricle and the difference was very noticeble to me.

I have also baked a fingerprint onto a CZ ring, so if you do it make sure the stone is clean. And I baked rose gold plating off of a CZ band, so I would not suggest trying with gold plated pieces. 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I might try this with my stand in ring from Berricle. How’d you do it, @Mrsns07?

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@vorpalette:I put the clean piece in a glass baking dish, I put it in the oven cold and turn it up to 350 for about 30 mins, then 400 for 30 mins, then 450 for about an hour, I don’t know if it is necessary to do the gradual heat thing, but it makes me feel safer, lol. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

i just heard about this yesterday! interesting. I wonder why CZ manufacturers don’t do this on a regular basis to give them more depth. Maybe it weakens the stone or something?

@mrsmay07:  Just wondering if you have any pics of what it looks like after baking? Or before and after?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I believe WINK Cz does a heating process to get their cz’s to an H color, which makes them look less white and “CZ-ish”. I tried it and didnt see a huge difference, but maybe I didnt bake it long enough (at least not as long as the pp. I might try it again for fun. People on BTD have said they have had good reults though.

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Neither a moissy nor an Asha look like a cz to some people. So you will get a different look from an asha, regular bakes cz or moissy. also, whether it is baked or not, some still say an cz will cloud, although I have not had this happen and I have a number of cz rings. Try it 🙂  I have not ruined any czs doing this, but the ones I did were all set in sterling o gold.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@mishana:  Yes, I do. Here is a very blurry “before” pic.

 

And this is the result

 

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

@nkwu22:  I’m going to assume it is not regulary done because the benefits may not be widely known, it is an extra step and would be rather time conuming so it would likely drive up the price of regular CZ and it is not (as for as I know) an exact science. Then factor in the risk of damaging stones, it may not be worth it. Also, there are  people who do want the totally colourless CZ’s. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Only on WB boards do yah find out stuff like this…. Baking CZ’s …for real… I would never had thought it possible  You girls are superstars when it comes to sharing the 411 on current trends or ring ideas  🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I baked my stand in! I have a moissanite forever ring and a CZ white gold stand in that looks very nearly identical except for a blindingly white stone. My moissy is unenhanced, and I love the warmth, so I tried to get my CZ to look more similar by baking it. To clarify before I get to the next part, I have a split shank halo, with tiny stones on the split shanks as well. 

For the turnout, I can’t tell you what happened to the center stone, because as soon as I took it out I totally fixated on the tiny side stones having turned brownish. I forgot to even even check  whether the center stone looked warmer. I thought it was ruined, but then I considered that the side stones probably had some grime underneath them in the setting, and that turned brown when I baked it. So I wore the ring around the house for a few weeks while showering, cleaning, washing my hands, and eventually all the side stones looked clean and white again. I still can’t tell you if there’s a difference in the center stone, but it’s not a big one. Anyway, anyone interested in baking the CZ, watch out for those tiny side stones. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Taeyers:  LOL…so you got basically the same results I did. *Maybe* a bit less bright whiteness, but I couldnt really get anything I would call “warm”. Oh well…I may try again with the slow heating for 30 mins at a time for a total of the 2 hrs. I also hear that you have to let it cool slowly…turning the overn off, letting it cool, then opening the door and further allowing it to cool.

 

I dont cook FOOD, so I am pretty sure I will forget it at some point and screw it up – lol.

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