Post # 1
I am considering a CZ ring and would like to know more about their real world wear and care. I bought an aquamarine a couple of years ago not knowing how fussy they are and have regretted the purchase. It looks bad in only a few hours after cleaning it because it so easily collects dirt and oils. I don’t want to get a CZ and end up with another fussy ring.
My engagement ring is diamond and it still has sparkle even when it needs to be cleaned. Is CZ similar to diamond in that way? Is moissanite?
Post # 2
my berricle cz’s aren’t fussy like that unless I put lotion on while wearing the ring, but cheaper/Other cz’s I’ve had are fussy. I think it depends on the quality
Post # 3
Cz do not shine well when dirty & will eventually get cloudy. They are not meant for long term, every day use. If you are wanting a diamond alternative of good quality choose moissanite or white sapphire. Both of these have properties that make them look different than a diamond but a moissanite will last a life time (I’m not sure how well white sapphire would hold up to e dry day wear but know it’s better than a cz)
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2017 - Nashville, TN
I picked white sapphire over CZ because I hate how cloudy they get. Here’s my ring after daily wear and not cleaning for 2 weeks. I’m very happy with it and with the price!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2018 - Vineyard Lake
My first ring was a cheapie white sapphire ring. It was beautiful when I first got it but it didn’t last too long. It’s a hard enough stone but it didn’t keep it’s sparkle no matter how often I cleaned it. I now have a moissanite & I’m extremely happy with it!
Post # 6
I’m wearing a berricle ring while waiting for my new ring to be designed and it’s pretty sparkly, it’s fooled quite a few people, although I’m very open about the fact that it’s fake since it’s not my real ring and I’m pregnant so I can’t even wear my original set.
Post # 7
Cz will get dirty fast. If you didn’t like the upkeep with aquamarine, I fear you won’t be happy with a cz.
Post # 8
I have some berricle rings and a dirty cz definitly dulls faster than diamonds and moissanite. I can get away with cleaning my moissanite and diamonds every 2-3 weeks and they still sparkle a lot but with cz, i find myself cleaning every few days to a week which may be ok with you since you are peobably cleaning more than that. I would always pick moissanite over cz though.
Post # 9
Depends on the quality of the cz’s, most cases yes it gets dull. It’s like clear glass, it gets dirty and some sparkle may still comes through, but you definitely notice the smudginess
Post # 10
I read recently that CZ is porous so over time it absorbs oils from lotions or even just from your hands so once these are in the stone, no amount of cleaning will make it sparkle. It will stay cloudy. I’d go for moissanite. I’ve had mine for three years and wear it every day and it still sparkles beautifully.
Post # 11
Thank you all for your replies. I’ve decided to get moissanite.
Post # 12
My Berricle CZ earrings are nice, but don’t sparkle when they get dirty. I’d go with moissanite or diamond.
Edit: I see your update- good choice! 🙂
Post # 13
All CZs don’t get cloudy. I have several pieces that are 20+ years old and are still beautiful
I only buy them if they’re set in 14k gold so the stones may be a better quality.
Post # 14
I haven’t had great experience with CZs and I buy them for fun with the expectation that they’ll last for a short time. I have a pair of expensive CZs (one of those “prestige, realistic looking” brands) in 14K gold setting and they only look good when freshly cleaned. I also had a pair of amorphous diamond treated CZ earrings (advertised as “lab diamonds” although they were most certainly NOT lab grown real diamonds) and they only looked good for a brief period of time (I gave this pair away). I finally switched to moissanite earrings because I wore my CZs while on vacation and when I went through my vacation pics, I saw how glassy and blurry the CZs looked. Meanwhile, moissanite jewelry looked great in every picture.
ETA: I agree that diamonds (especially ones with ideal cuts) tend to look great even when dirty.