This is the time of year when we herald the arrival of Spring and welcome the return of baseball. Opening day games always bring out the most ardent fans. The fields are lusciously green; the pitcher’s mound the only bump in the diamond.
But in April, baseball is not the only reference to diamonds. This most precious of gems is this month’s birthstone and the traditional symbol of love. The word itself comes from the Greek “adamas,” which means indestructible. No wonder that the gift of a diamond represents the promise of a lifelong relationship.
It is also accurately describes the world’s hardest mineral. By the time a diamond reaches the earth’s surface, it had survived millions of years as a clump of carbon under extraordinarily high pressure and temperature. The youngest diamonds are 45 million years old! Though we mostly think of diamonds as crystalline and colorless, they actually exist in a rainbow of colors.
other Nature is not the only creator of diamonds. In the laboratory, diamonds are synthesized by several different processes. The resulting gemstones are almost indistinguishable from the geologically-generated stones. Only by using special spectroscopy tests that measure infrared or other wavelengths, can they be identified as real or fabricated.
That laboratory-created diamonds can be used in place of natural diamonds is great for the fashion industry and wonderful for the consumer. Where once glittery and glamorous diamonds were only for the wealthy, all of us can now enjoy the sparkle and elegance of this gem, as the prices for synthetic diamonds are so much more affordable.
Used as the focal point in so many jewelry designs, one such faux diamond is the Cubic Zirconia. As the low cost alternative to diamonds, this structurally identical impostor has become a leading design element for jewelry.
Just as there are specific locations where diamond Cubic Zirconia set in sterling silver. Made in Israel. mines have been located, there are various centers across the world known for their diamond cutting
expertise. Among them are Antwerp, New York City and Tel Aviv in Israel. In fact, most of the diamonds coming out of Tel Aviv land in the United States.
Even though Israel is one of the centers of diamond and gem cutting excellence, the talented and creative jewelry artists across the country know that the cubic zirconia (CZ) makes the perfect stone for their designs. Using a CZ of brilliant color in a gold or silver item, makes it immediately accessible and perfectly priced for the mass market.
So the way I see it, April is for Diamonds but CZ’s are really a girl’s best friend.