Cubic Zirconia Necklace
"Cheap Alternative to Diamond Jewelry:
A cubic zirconia necklace (or CZ for shortcut) is a much more affordable alternative to the real diamond pendant necklace. Some would also call it 'diamond replica', 'cheap diamond jewelry' or 'fake diamond' because it amazingly resembles the real thing. In fact, it can be tricky for the untrained eye to detect if it's the real thing or not.
Canary Pendant CZ Necklace via Emitations
You'll love the fact that you can find cubic zirconia necklaces in a wide variety of shapes, styles and colors. Purple, blue, red, yellow, pink, green... in any color that matches your outfit and taste! Cubic zirconia jewelry makes it possible for you to indulge in pretty, sparkly quality jewelry and bring out the diva within you without losing your arm! ;-)
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Some of my favorites are the simple rhinestone charm and CZ drop pendant. But you can also find the tennis and multiple-bezeled style that bring glitz and glamour to your evening dress or bridal gown.
How to Buy a CZ Necklace
Buy the jewelry essentials in CZ
If you're working with a tight budget for the jewelry essentials then invest in cubic zirconia. There's no need to spend $500 on a crystal solitaire pendant necklace when you can get it in perfect clarity for $50 :-)
You might also want to consider buying CZ crystal stud earrings, statement necklaces and dressy chandelier earrings.
Explore the endless and trendy variety of CZ necklaces
After securing the jewelry essentials, it's time to ramp up your style with a personal flair! You can also find CZ's in trendy styles such as statement and cute charm necklaces - which are sure to inject a whiff of glam 'n chic to your outfit.
Courtesy of Emitations
Wear a colorful CZ statement necklace with your plain dress shirt or a CZ charm necklace as a cute and sparkly accent to your look.
Are you getting a CZ or diamond?
CZ's are eye-catching and almost close to perfection because they're man-made (rather than picked up from an eroded surface of a volcanic pipe), meaning they don't have any inclusions (impurities).
There are several ways to spot if a diamond piece is real or if it's made of CZ. However, they can be tricky to evaluate unless you have it in front of you or in your hand.
The other differences are:
- It has lightly less sparkle (but more flashes of rainbow colors)
- Perfect clarity
- Approximately 75% heavier than real diamonds
If the jewelry is "too perfect" then you probably have a CZ there!
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Emitations | $ - $$ | One of the best online shops where you can find the latest celeb jewelry trends at a fraction of the price.
Overstock Jewelers | $$ | Here you can find lots of affordable fine as well as fashion jewelry.
Fantasy Jewelry Box | $ - $$ | one of my faves - love their boho jewelry and cz cocktail rings sections!
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