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Lab Grown

The Lab Grown stones found on this website are early 1900’s Swarovski. Swarovski is known world wide as the best cal liberated gem cutters in the world! These stones are Lab Grown – in the late1800’s, the original Mr. Swarovski discovered the correct way to purify actual corundum and by putting it into perfect conditions, (heat and pressure), he actually was able to grow real corundum crystals! These stones are NOT man-made or lab created, (both of which are done with formulated materials). Faceted stones on my site will test out with any gemologist as beautiful, actual corundum – same refraction quality, and a hardness of 8 (diamond is a 10), therefore they make great investments pieces. They wear well because they will not scratch or chip easily. They don’t have any flaws like natural grown stones.

 

Cubic Zirconium

In 1937, the cubic form of zirconium oxide (CZ for short) was discovered by two German mineralogists. It wasn't until many years later in 1977, however, when Soviet scientists learned how to produce this mineral in a laboratory that it gradually became popular with jewelry designers. CZ really took off in the 1980's when companies began producing cubic Zirconia for mass consumption.

Recently, new developments in CZ production have led to a sparkling new array of CZs in every color of the rainbow. Gemologists agree that Cubic Zirconia is the finest diamond simulant because it comes closer than any other gem material to matching the characteristics of a diamond. In appearance, cubic Zirconia looks almost exactly like a good quality diamond, although there are some slight differences. It has slightly less brilliance (sparkle) than diamond, while having more fire (flashes of rainbow colors). Most people, even trained gemologists, cannot tell the difference with the naked eye. The overall effect is so similar to diamond that trained gemologists often require special equipment to tell them apart. CZ is also extremely hard. There are very few substances on earth harder than CZ. With a hardness rating of 8.5, CZ comes close to matching diamond's perfect 10.

 
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