Many people may wonder about the necessity of buying diamond rings when its alternatives such as a cubic zirconia are available for an affordable price range. In fact, the latter mimics almost every quality of a diamond. Therefore, you may find it tempting to buy a diamond ring that may not be 100% genuine. This, however, may be a poor long-term investment, so in order to help with making this decision, below is a quick comparison on cubic zirconia engagement rings vs. diamond.
Diamonds are the hardest natural material in the world that ranks 10 in the Mohs’ scale of hardness. Therefore diamonds will not damage easily and are extremely durable. When it comes to cubic zirconia, it ranks only at 8 to 8.5 and are prone to scratches or chipping when compared to a genuine brilliant diamond. It also tends to lose its shine over time.
Diamonds are graded between D to Z based on its color. D is the colorless option and it tends to display certain hues as it goes up the scale. Cubic zirconia is lab-created, and hence, tries to exhibit almost the same color qualities as that of a diamond. Still, the GIA does not grade their color, and trained people can easily spot the difference.
Clarity is one of the most important factors that play a major role in the overall appeal as well as the price of a diamond ring. The clarity grade of diamonds range from Flawless to Included. However, even the most flawless diamond can have some tiny inclusions that are invisible to naked eyes. On the other hand, cubic zirconia is totally flawless, giving away its unnatural texture. Ultimately a diamond has more natural beauty in its imperfections.