The jewelry industry has been rocked as more and more people choose cubic zirconia rings instead of authentic diamonds. Not only are the prices of these pieces of jewelry starkly different, but cubic zirconia rings also do not cost the lives of people mining for them. They are not, so-called blood diamonds. Instead, they are environmentally sustainable and allow people to wear something beautiful without breaking the bank.
However, one jeweler in Sydney, Australia, Daniel Anania, has come forward with an image to show an expensive diamond ring beside an equally – if not more beautiful – cubic zirconia ring that is much, much cheaper.
Unless you’re a jewelry expert, the two engagement rings are going to both seem like precious jewels to you. However, Anania claims that one would sell for about $7,775 while the other would sell for just $355. That means the cubic zirconia one – although just as beautiful – is about 95 percent cheaper.
However, as more and more people come across cubic zirconia stones, jewelers also try to scam people out of paying top dollar for a stone that is not what it is supposed to be. In other words, jewelers are lying to customers, claiming they’re buying a mined diamond while in reality, they’re buying a lab produced replica.
So can you guess which ring is diamond and which is cubic zirconia?
If you guessed that the stone on the left is the diamond – then you are wrong! That’s the cubic zirconia. Yes. It’s a more beautiful stone but at a much lower price tag.
“The stone on the right is a one-carat brilliant-cut round diamond. It’s color G on the diamond chart and has a clarity SI2, both important factors that push its value up,” Anania wrote.
The stone on the left is the “one-carat size” cubic zirconia. While it gleams more beautifully than the diamond, the price tag lets you know that it’s not the stone that cost people blood to mine.
Anania understands that many ring shoppers prefer the cubic zirconia stones in these modern times. But he wants to warn people from scammers who try to swap the “fake” stones for the real ones and charge people high prices.
“First, feel the weight [of the ring]. Silver is light, gold is heavy, and platinum is even heavier,” Anania warns. “Ask to see the diamond through a loupe (a small magnifying glass every jeweler should have). It needs to be 10x magnification.”
He said real diamonds are imperfect while the affordable replica is perfect.
“I like S11 and SI2 diamond clarity because the natural inclusions bring the price down, but under magnification, you can see distinctive characters that you can’t see with the naked eye. If the stone is too clean inside and is being sold too cheaply – it is probably fake.”
Anania encourages you to trust your jeweler. If they’ve been around for a while, they’re probably not going to screw you over by lying to you about what they’re selling that’s just bad business.
Can you tell the difference?