The Top Reasons Smart People Buy Cubic Zirconia
The beauty of the diamond, particularly in sunlight, was what originally set the value. Today, the price of diamonds is a determining factor in their value.
The color and sparkle of diamonds is due to their "dispersion". This is the ability of the sun's colors to be separated in the diamond by refraction. As the diamond moves, it reflects different colors to your eyes, even with small changes in orientation. Artificial stones have a higher dispersion and are therefore, in the original meaning, "more beautiful". Cubic zirconia, the most well-known of these stones, is now denigrated for having "too many colors".
What would you do with a stone more beautiful than a single diamond? Cubic zirconia's low price is a common reason. You aren't showing your love by giving someone a cubic zirconia engagement ring. Diamonds are valued based on their price.
Nowadays, artificial diamonds can be manufactured at a fraction of the cost of natural diamonds. Jewelers are trained to look for tiny imperfections in natural diamonds. It is clear that the beauty of a diamond does not determine its value, but its rarity.
True diamonds will become more affordable, and your heirloom's value will not be measured in its financial value but in its sentimental value. Perception is reality.