(Closed) CZ is actually a natural gem…who knew??

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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?

Interesting!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MerryWidow: oooh oooh i did i did!  you’re right though, most people don’t know that.  it’s a cool factoid.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I had no clue! Glad I do now! 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

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
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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.[9] 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
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Bumble Beekeeper

I didn’t know that, either!

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