Some matches are made in heaven, they say. Some others happen by chance or coincidence. And some matches need a lot of effort to make them work. If it is meant to be, it is meant to be. Today, we bring to you two things we think are made for each other – cubic zirconia (CZ) and sterling silver.
The relationship between a stone and a base metal is that of alcohol and a mixer. One complements the other. It is hence critical that you make sure that the stone that you choose has an ideal companion in the form of the base metal it is studded in.
We all know some of these “perfect matches” – ruby and gold, diamond and silver, gin and tonic (add your own list in the comments section below)!
Here’s looking at one such ideal pair that makes it to the top of our list – cubic zirconia and sterling silver. We will discuss their individual aspects before looking at what makes them click together.
Widely referred to as CZ, cubic zirconia is a stone that is not found but manufactured in a controlled laboratory setting. The primary reason for its craze and popularity is that it resembles a diamond (without costing as much)! Another reason for its success in the jewelry market is its ability to remain blemish-free (unlike other gemstones).
CZ stones are made from zirconium oxide and other minerals. It is basically the crystallographic isometric form zirconium oxide. Since the 1970s, CZ has held a very special place in the hearts of jewelry lovers and customers all around the globe.
The most striking thing about a CZ stone is that while its colorless form is always in demand, you are also likely to find it in an array of charming colors, including red, yellow, blue, green, orange, and pink.
If you are a wholesale buyer, you would probably want to understand the key properties of the stone before you purchase it. So, here goes:
- Hardness: 8.5 (Mohs scale)
- Density: 5.50-5.90
- Refractive index: 2.088-2.176
- Dispersion rating: 0.058-0.066
- Specific gravity: 5.50-6.00
Called .925 silve jewelry, this form of silver is loved by the buyers and also preferred by jewelry makers because of its brilliant properties and characteristics. For starters, it looks exactly like pure silver – but it isn’t. Sterling silver consists of 92.5 percent fine silver and the remaining 7.5 percent is made up of other metals that lend strength and balance to it. Copper is generally the preferred partner metal for sterling silver.
The process of flashing is used for manufacturing sterling silver, where the jewelry that you see is plated with a layer of .999 silver (the purest form). Sometimes, the jewelry is plated with copper or rhodium before the flashing process takes place.
The resulting alloy and piece of jewelry is strong, shiny, and stunning. Since pure silver is generally susceptible to losing shape and getting scratched over a period of time, it is best to buy jewelry made from sterling silver.
Why Sterling Silver and Cubic Zirconia Go Well Together
So, what is it that makes CZ stones and sterling silver-based jewelry such a fantastic pair?
If you are on a slightly tight budget and yet don’t want to compromise on the look, feel, and quality of your jewelry, we can’t think of a better alternative to this pair.
Here are some of the top reasons why jewelry that features one or more CZ stones and sterling silver as the base metal is a winner.
- Endless choices
With CZ stones and sterling silver, you will find yourself spoiled for choice. From rings and earrings to bracelets and necklaces, there is no dearth of options when it comes to finding jewelry that YOU want.
- Super affordable
Want to create a drop-dead gorgeous look or ensemble without breaking the bank? Only sterling silver jewelry can give you the luxury of buying jewelry that looks premium but is quite easy on the pocket. The same applies to cubic zirconia stones. If you do not have the budget for a diamond, this is a like-for-like replacement that costs way lesser!
- Easy maintenance
You’re already spending your hard-earned money on buying jewelry – its maintenance shouldn’t be something you should need to worry about. Both sterling silver and cubic zirconia can be cleaned easily, using a microfiber cloth. Make sure you store your jewelry in a cool and dry area, preferably in a sealed polyethylene bag or airtight container.
- No allergies, please!
Isn’t it absolutely devastating when you buy something you love only to find out that you are allergic to it? Well, there is no risk of allergies here because both CZ and sterling silver are easy on your skin.
- In for the long haul
If you are looking for something that you can wear on a daily basis and will last for several years without losing its allure and charm, this pair is just ideal for your needs. Sterling silver is highly durable and doesn’t get easily affected because of regular usage or natural elements.
Shop Wholesale Cubic Zirconia and Sterling Silver Jewelry Online
This trendy pair is available in various forms – rings, bangles, bracelets, pendants, necklaces, earrings, anklets, and more. Keep up with the latest trends by ordering your favorites from P&K Jewelry – the go-to place for all things CZ and sterling silver jewelry!
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