The time-old question, What is the difference between the gemstone Zircon and the ever so popular Cubic Zirconia or just "CZ" for short? First off, I strongly feel and this is just my opinion but there is nothing to compare. Zircon is a natural mined from the earth gemstone. Where Cubic Zirconia is a man-made synthetic simulant produced in a laboratory. A simulate is any material that simulates and gives the appearance of another in the typical case Cubic Zirconia was created to simulate natural Diamond. With Diamond's being rather expensive it's no surprise that mankind decided to make an imitation of the costly mineral. Cubic Zirconia is mass-produced and is without any opposition very cheap. It can be made in almost any color and in bulk. Now, natural Zircon, on the other hand, is a rare mineral formed in the Earth well over 4 billion years ago making it the titleholder for the oldest known gemstone on the planet. Since it occurs in a colorless variety, it has too been used as a Diamond simulant over the years. Now here's where my stand is made, both Zircon and Cubic Zirconia are bright and dispersive comparisons to Diamond. Both are more affordable than Diamond. Unfortunately, due to the similarity of Zircon's name to the lab-created Diamond simulant Cubic Zirconia, many people don't realize that Zircon is a beautiful, naturally occurring stone with its own merits. Such as it's rarity, amazing natural colors, and double refraction, meaning it sparkles and shines phenomenally. Blue Zircon is also a birthstone for the month of December.
A closing note I want to bring to the attention of everyone is Cubic Zirconia on the market place scamming people out of their hard-earned money. Many illegitimate jewelry companies and sellers are intentionally using this look-alike gem as a means of deceiving buyers. They are selling colorless Cubic Zirconia as Diamonds and colored Cubic Zirconia as natural gemstones simply by lying and stating that they are a genuine gemstone. My advice is "if it's too good to be true, then it probably is". As a consumer, you have to be cautious and knowledgeable about what you are buying. Cubic Zirconia is great for costume jewelry but has no real merits to be much more than that. All Cubic Zirconia, by comparison, is the same, don't be fooled by trademark names or quoted higher quality titles. I'm not saying Cubic Zirconia isn't pretty it's just not that valuable or prestigious. Don't waste your money on fake when you can have real, valuable, and heirloom gems like beautiful natural Zircon. Buy with confidence from gemstonecollectorsus.com because we pride ourselves on never selling Cubic Zirconia or any lab-created gemstones. Natural is our game and we play it well. Trust in our knowledge, experience and buying power.
Zachary Sutton, G.I.A. G.G.