Let's take a walk thru sparkly stones land and try to discern what is right for you.
Cubic Zirconia>>Good for kick around jewelry that is not necessarily worn often, or that is even worn daily but is meant to simply add sparkle without commitment and meaning, will work with CZs. They will survive best in jewelry incurring the least abrasion: earrings, pins, pendants. And storing them apart from other jewelry and abrasive items will increase their brilliance life expectancy. Given their low cost, if they do get scratched, replacement is not as dear as other sparkly stones, but also given their low cost, they may not carry as much depth of meaning as intended to represent the joining of 2 individuals in a committed relationship. NOTE: there exist on the market various different cubic zirconias under different marketing names. They are all made of zirconium dioxide, (see previous blog for description) plain and simple and although they may vary slightly
Moissanite>>A good alternative to diamonds if money is a consideration but size is important. They lack the magic that is inherent in natural diamonds since they are created in a lab, but if you are unwilling to sacrifice on either size or quality to be able to afford the purchase of a genuine diamond, they make sense, especially for everyday use such as in engagement or wedding rings. Note- they definitely are not as tough as diamonds. We've seen customers with 1.5ct equivalent stones that look great after 5 years of marriage, and we've had customers that go out and crack their stones in half on their very first day of wearing them. If you believe a moissanite is right for you and your jewelry, it is. If you are hesitant about their vulnerability, then they are not for you. Smaller stones are nearer the price tag of diamonds than larger stones, that means you can purchase a relatively large Moissanite for far less than a genuine diamond. But, they are born in a lab, and won't last as long as a diamond especially with heavy use. You decide: if the magic of sparkle outweighs the lure of something made by our amazing earth, and you feel secure in your good juju to wear your big sparkly Moissanite with grace and love and enjoyment, then it is for you.
Synthetic vs. Natural Diamonds>>Why would anyone get a natural over a synthetic? Synthetics are less money, which is guaranteed to go even lower as the market floods with new producers. They are sustainable because after all, they are made in a lab!! There is no issue of human rights because they are made by scientists in lab coats and not discovered in nature through human effort, so although diamonds on the market are 99.9% conflict free, with synthetics you can be 100% certain of their source. Natural diamonds, on the other hand, are, well, natural. They are made by the earth, over millions of years, which to some, can hold great meaning and significance especially when they are being used to represent the deep bond of a bonded loving relationship. Earth made diamonds are mined by many many humans, providing jobs to those humans, sustaining those humans. From the miner to sifter,to the cutter, and the jeweler. Lab grown diamonds do provide jobs, just many fewer. Lab grown= quicker, cheaper, more regulated, always beautiful. Natural= slower, dearer, more variable and unique, sometimes beautiful and sometimes flawed just like us humans.
We specialize in jewelry at Rubini Jewelers. Absolutely 100% of all jewelry is purchased, given and received, and worn to very simply invoke a vibration. Check in with yourself, whichever role you play, and make sure the vibration from your 'diamond' is exactly as you envision: real,fake, or somewhere in the middle.