A Diamond Engagement Ring is a Symbol of Your Love
Everything about a diamond engagement ring is symbolic of the pledge you are about to make to one another. The ring is round because your love is never ending. The sparkle of the diamond symbolizes the happiness you want to bring to one another. You choose diamond, the hardest gemstone, because your love is durable. You are choosing a natural stone because your love is not an imitation.
Why a Natural Diamond Is the Most Practical Stone for an Engagement Ring
Although a diamond is not completely indestructible, it is the most ideal for jewelry that will be worn every day (or at least often) and that you hope to pass on to future generations. Softer stones can be scratched, chipped or even broken more easily than diamond. The softer a stone is, the more likely it is to become damaged over time. If you are looking for a ring that will be enriching lives long into the future, a natural diamond is a perfect choice.
Why Not Buy a Simulated Diamond Ring?
Because high-quality, well-cut natural diamonds are expensive, many couples are attracted to diamond substitutes or simulants. The most common of these diamond substitutes are cubic zirconia engagement rings. Many makers of “lab created diamonds” are actually just selling cubic zirconia by a different name. The zirconia of cubic zirconia engagement rings is less expensive than genuine diamonds. But for many couples, the natural stone is well worth the price difference.
CZs are Not As Beautiful and Tough as Natural Diamonds
Zirconia (ZrO2) is a zirconium oxide, in a white crystalline form. Its naturally occurring monoclinic crystalline form is known as Baddeleyite. However, this is not what is used in zirconia engagement rings.The zirconia known as cubic zirconia(CZ), and used for engagement rings and other jewelry, is made by melting together zirconium oxide with yttrium oxide in 5,000 degrees ovens. Russians first marketed the cubic zirconium gem process in the 1970s, after the initial discovery of cubic zirconium oxide by Germans in 1937. This process results in a colorless gem that looks like a diamond, although it is heavier. They are quite difficult for the inexperienced eye to differentiate from real diamonds, but not so for a jeweler. One of the most noticeable differences is that cubic zirconia engagement rings do not have the fire and light disbursement that diamonds have. In addition, many CZs become cloudy over time and loose their sparkle all-together.
The Decision to Invest in a Natural Diamond
In the end, it is up to the couple to decide whether they want zirconia engagement rings or genuine diamond engagement rings.Zirconia engagement rings will prove to be less expensive, and if that is a couples main concern, then zirconia engagement rings are a good option. However, if what you are looking for in your engagement rings is a strong sense of tradition, and the symbolism of eternity and enduring love, then diamond engagement rings are probably the right choice for you.