Diamond, crystal, strass, zirconium oxide are all materials with which jewellery can be made. They each have their own particularities and value. If you are planning to give a piece of jewellery to someone dear to you, first of all you should know what material it is made of. Then it’s up to you to choose!
Diamond and zirconium oxide
Diamond is a natural stone that is formed over many years in a rock that is usually located in the heart of watercourses. It is a rare gemstone, the most emblematic and mythical of all stones. Its hardness, longevity and brilliance make it a truly exceptional stone. This explains its rather high price.
Zirconium oxide is a material used to imitate diamond. Commonly called zirconia, it is perfect for making high quality gold or silver jewellery at a very interesting price. Zirconia is a synthetic stone. It is a transparent ceramic that perfectly reproduces the brilliance of a diamond.
SWAROVSKI crystal and rhinestone
Swarovski is a brand name for crystal components. The company was founded by Daniel Swarovski in 1895. Known as rhinestones, Swarovski crystal is widely used in the fashion world. These crystals are pure substances. They are more durable, brighter and stronger. As for rhinestone, also called “the jewel of poor women”, it is made from less shiny crystals. It is often used to design costume jewellery, for clothing, and even for hairdressing. Crystal and rhinestones are very often used to decorate jewellery or for decoration. For those who cannot afford to give precious stones as gifts, crystal and rhinestones may well satisfy you. They are less expensive.
Which one to choose?
Obviously, diamond, zirconium oxide, Swarovski crystal and rhinestone are all four materials with which jewellery has a connection. There are differences between diamond and crystal. Diamond, because of its rarity and purity, is priceless. Nevertheless, crystal is still the most widely used stone and within everyone’s reach. Zirconium oxide is the best solution to replace a diamond. The rhinestone often cut in the form of diamond remains an imitation of precious stones.