Definitions for cubic zirconiazɜrˈkoʊ ni ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cu′bic zir•co′ni•azɜrˈkoʊ ni ə(n.)(pl.)-ni•as.
an artificial crystal resembling a diamond, used in jewelry.
Ref: Abbr.: CZ 1
Cubic zirconia is the cubic crystalline form of zirconium dioxide. The synthesized material is hard, optically flawless and usually colorless, but may be made in a variety of different colors. It should not be confused with zircon, which is a zirconium silicate. It is sometimes erroneously called "cubic zirconium". Because of its low cost, durability, and close visual likeness to diamond, synthetic cubic zirconia has remained the most gemologically and economically important competitor for diamonds since commercial production began in 1976. Its main competitor as a synthetic gemstone is the more recently cultivated material, synthetic moissanite.
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