Nexus Diamond Alternatives
vs Cubic Zirconia
You want a stone that looks, feels, and acts like a diamond… but is also affordable, eco-friendly, and conflict-free. You’re not alone. And, we’re willing to bet that Cubic Zirconia is probably the first diamond alternative that popped into your mind. But, is Cubic Zirconia your best option?
Clarity of the stone
Cubic Zirconia is much more porous than a mined diamond. This means that, over time, a Cubic Zirconia will absorb dirt and oils causing it to turn cloudy.
Nexus Diamond alternatives are however coated with a proprietary Sapphire (Corundum) coating material to eliminate porosity, so your Nexus Diamond alternative should never crack or discolor.
Hardness of the stone
Now for a little chemistry – The Mohs scale is used to measure hardness of materials. A Diamond is a 10 on the Mohs scale. The hardest Cubic Zirconia is around 8.0 but a Nexus Diamond alternative is rated a 9.1. What does this mean? Our proprietary stone is much harder than CZ making it look and act much more like a Diamond than a Cubic Zirconia.
Chemical Composition of the Stone
A diamond is made out of pure, crystallized carbon. A Cubic Zirconia stone is made out of zirconium oxide which is just zirconium and oxygen.
A Nexus diamond alternative is made of a proprietary formula and patented coating material that makes it harder, heavier and less porous than cubic zirconia. This results in a stone that more closely resembles the visual and physical properties of a diamond than a CZ.
Most CZ jewelry sells for VERY low prices (like $100 or less). This is because a vast majority is made on an assembly line using low-cost composite metals.
At Diamond Nexus we set all of our stones in jewelry quality metals hand-crafted by world class jewelers. So not only do you get an amazing stone but that stone will be displayed in some of the most beautiful settings in the world.