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- Classic stud earrings featuring round cut 5mm Cubic Zirconia stones prong set in platinum plated sterling silver
- Cubic Zirconia (CZ) is an affordable, conflict-free alternative to diamond that reveals brilliant shine and a meticulous cut
- Perfect jewelry gift to expand a woman's fashion wardrobe with a classic, timeless style
- Butterfly backing
- Hand-crafted in pure .925 Sterling Silver; Platinum plating added to enhance shine and durability
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What is Cubic Zirconia?
Cubic Zirconia is a stone so optically close to diamond that most jewelers cannot tell the difference between a CZ and a diamond with the naked eye. The man-made stone is virtually flawless whereas most diamonds have internal inclusions or external blemishes. It is a high quality synthetic gemstone which imitates the appearance of diamonds. Cubic zirconia is zirconium oxide (ZrO2), a mineral that is extremely rare in nature. Synthesized CZ is much less expensive than diamond, optically flawless and can be created in a variety of different colors.
How Does CZ Compare to Diamond?
The overall brilliance and fire of quality CZ stones is equal to that of diamond to the untrained eye. Cubic zirconia can be evaluated using the same qualities that diamonds and other gemstones are graded by: the Four Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight). Cubic Zirconia is a virtually flawless equivalent to a diamond on the clarity chart. CZ can be made entirely colorless, equivalent to a perfect score on the color grading scale of diamonds. The biggest difference is that cubic zirconia is 70% heavier than diamond. CZ is extremely durable with a hardness rating of 8.5 compared to 10 for diamond.
Fun Facts about CZ
The procedure for transforming rough cubic zirconia crystal into a faceted, polished stone is virtually the same as for diamonds and other natural gemstones. Because CZ is harder than sand, CZ jewelry can be safely worn at the beach without risk of damage to the stone. Zircon is a much softer natural gemstone and is not related to cubic zirconia. Cubic zirconia production reached 50 million carats by 1980, and demand continues to grow.
- Package Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.32 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0015MN91O
- Item model number: X222000000
- Date first available at Amazon.com: September 9, 2010
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Amazon Collection|
|Gem Type||Cubic zirconia|
|Minimum total gem weight||1 carats|
|Back finding||Post with friction back|
|Total metal weight||0.44 Grams|
|Number of stones||2|
Platinum Plated Silver
|Metal||Platinum plated silver|
|Metal Weight||0.44 Grams|
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The 2cttw size seemed a little large in the photo but in the question/answer it appeared as if the seller answered the question of sizing to be 2 ct TOTAL WEIGHT (So 1 ct each stud) even though other buyers stated each stud was 2ct each. What confused me is that the description is 2 cttw, which stands for 2 carats total weight. So I decided to buy that size since I wanted to see how large 1 ct in each ear looked like.
When I received these I was immediately impressed with the quality but knew the description was wrong. I should have listened to the other buyers and not the seller/description. The 2cttw earrings are most definitely 2 ct each stud. These are way to big to look real to me even though the quality is great. I also dislike that the posts are at the top of the earring so you cannot avoid having the earring droop beneath the lobe. So these are going back. I will purchase the 1cttw and update my review. I am hoping the sizing is consistent and those will be 1 ct each but only time will tell!
I call these my training diamonds, and sometimes I remind my husband of the carat weight in case he feels the need to surprise me with real diamond studs. I am allergic to nickel and have to be careful with earrings. The platinum plating is well done, it hasn't worn off and I have not had any allergic reaction. These arrived in a nice little box, with standard butterfly backs. I had some bigger earring backs handy, so I replaced them right away. (This is a must for me, because if I lose a training diamond I wouldn't trust myself to have real diamond studs at all.)
I love wearing these, because they improve any outfit and they do look real. I ordered the 1 cttw (one carat total weight) studs, and they are perfect. I measure each CZ as being 3.5 16ths of an inch. Small, yes, but a great fit for small ear lobes.
I would certainly buy these again, without hesitation.