Post # 1
I just found this online and thought it was interesting. Just like Moissy’s are their own gem, but so rare they are lab created, Cubic Zirconia was actually found in nature…but so rare it is also lab created now. Who knew?? I didn’t post this for a debate, I just found it interesting, in general. Here’s what I read:
In 1899, German mineralogists M. V. Stackelberg and K. Chudoba discovered naturally occurring cubic zirconia in the form of microscopic grains included in metamict zircon. This was thought to be a byproduct of the metamictization process, but the two scientists did not think the mineral important enough to give it a formal name. The discovery was confirmed through X-ray diffraction, proving the existence of a natural counterpart to the synthetic product.
Cubic zirconia was first found naturally in the form of mineral baddeleyite. However this naturally occurring mineral is extremely rare to occur much rarer than a flawless diamond, this is why it was not feasible to start commercial production of cubic zirconia utilizing its natural mineral form.
Post # 3
Wow, so on a technicality, a true CZ gem is actually worth a heck of a lot more than diamonds because it’s a heck of a lot rarer?
Post # 4
@BerryBerry: LOL, technically speaking yes! Weird, eh??
Post # 5
@MerryWidow: oooh oooh i did i did! you’re right though, most people don’t know that. it’s a cool factoid.
Post # 6
I had no clue! Glad I do now! 🙂
Post # 7
I had no idea. Honestly, I never bothered to look it up cause it was so common I assumed (how wrong of me) that it was just a man-made creation. That’s interesting. So, if it has a moissy-like background, how come the marketing isn’t similar? Are there quality flaws? I’m not slighting anyone with cz, just curious. Clouding, stone softness? I honestly don’t know a lot about it other than the fact that I have a butt load of cz earrings.
Post # 8
@claireos: it’s an 8 on the Mohs scale, which isn’t too bad at all. Still, though, not a great durability for everyday rings.
Biggest problem with cz is it’s porous. It gets dirty and will cloud over time, and therefore isn’t durable. That’s why it’ll always be “cheap”.
Post # 9
I am a Geology major and an 8 is still pretty tough on the Mohs scale! Here’s the basic guidelines to what scratches what: “On the Mohs scale, graphite (a principal constituent of pencil “lead”) has a hardness of 1.5; a fingernail, 2.2–2.5; a copper penny, 3.2–3.5; a pocketknife 5.1; a knife blade, 5.5; window glass plate, 5.5; and a steel file, 6.5. A streak plate (unglazed porcelain) has a hardness of 7.0.” (taken from Wikipedia)
Although, even with diamond at a 10, I don’t plan on wearing it in the field amongst other rocks, rock hammers, and hydrochloric acid (used to test for Calcium Carbonate)…
Pretty interesting that cz was found in nature! The Earth is a mysterious thing. Thanks for sharing! 😀
Post # 10
I didn’t know that, either!
Post # 11
@purplepygmypuff: Wow, I had no idea a CZ was an 8! I know that it’s all relative, but it’s still interesting to know!
I think part of the reason CZ is so cheap is because it’s everywhere! There are no patents, really, and anyone and everyone can manufacture it under whatever name they choose. I’m curious to see where Moissy will be after their patent runs out. I’m not dissing Moissy, or saying that it’s the same as CZ at ALL, but I do wonder if it will be less expensive in the future? It’s all interesting!
@claireos: I think it’s marketed differently for LOTS of reasons; there’s no patent so it isn’t “rare” and because it is pourous, it will get cloudy or change color over time due to natural oils in your skin, dirt, etc. It’s not ‘soft’ necessarily, but softer than a diamond, Moissy and I believe sapphires as well. That being said, I’ve owned a bunch of cheap CZ rings over the years for fun and to wear in place of my diamonds (I’m crazy ultra paranoid about anything my first husband gave me getting lost) and they all look the same as when I got them, even the ones I wore to the beach and to the ocean! I take extra care of the ones I like (IE my current engagement ring) and clean them frequently. In fact, most of the time the metal loses color or looks weird before the stones do. Just my 2 cents