Diamond or Ziamond?

Behold the Ziamond. I didn’t know this but not all cubic zirconias are created alike. There is such a thing as an upscale cubic zirconia. Ziamond is an upscale cubic zirconia retailer. Apparently, there are many different grades of cubic zirconias. Who knew? The different grades are based on the temperature and pressure in which the elements are combined, how pure the various ingredients are, as well as the secret cz formula. How well the different stages are executed in creating a cz, determines the ultimate outcome. Ziamond claims to utilize the finest quality man made gems, in all of their jewelry designs. The use only hand cut and hand polished gems, all cut to exact diamond specifications.

Ziamond states that they use only the best grade cubic zirconias, which are created with their original Russian formula. The special formula that they use was originally concocted by the Russians for their space program. Apparently, the formula was developed as an alternative to diamonds and the end product was utilized as part of their lasers. The resulting stones are very hard (approximately 8.9 in hardness.) They have most of the same physical and optical characteristics of a diamond.

You cannot see the difference between Ziamonds and diamonds with the naked eye and neither can your local jeweler. In order to differentiate between the two, you must subject them to either a heat conductivity test (diamonds conduct more heat than cubic zirconias) or a weigh-in (cubic zirconias weigh 1.8 times more than diamonds).

The Ziamond collection is extensive and offers many choices and options. They have a traditional wedding collection featuring tons of different shaped stones set in 14k, 18k, or platinum. They’ve got designer replica rings, including powerhouses such as Tiffanys and Cartier. They’ve got celebrity inspired engagement rings like copies of TomKat and Britney’s ring. You can buy loose Ziamond stones and have them mounted at your local jewelry store. They even do special orders…if you give them a design that you would like to replicate, they will do it for you.

In addition to simulating diamonds, Ziamond also simulates emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Ziamond's rubies and sapphires are chemically, physically and optically the same as natural rubies or sapphires. They are also just as hard, a 9.0 on the Mohs hardness scale. Ziamond emerald simulants are harder than natural emeralds and are of course, much less expensive.

Ziamond gems come with a lifetime guarantee that they will maintain their original brilliance and luster. They are also guaranteed against cracking or chipping under normal wear. Should your Ziamond gemstone display signs of damage, Ziamond will provide a replacement gem at no charge.

My diamond engagement ring is real…but if god forbid, something ever happened to it, buying a ziamond replacement would be awfully tempting.

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