Rings have been worn for centuries before the creation of the cubic zirconia. It is said, rings were popular during medieval times. During that time people of all classes wore rings whether they were rich or poor. Usually rings were made from metals, such as copper, iron, gold and silver. The metal signified the class of the person wearing it. Then in the 14th century, rings were introduced with faceted gems in them.
Some rings are attached to certain cultures, such as silver and turquoise bring to mind the Native American. Starting with the early Christians and up to current times, the Greek symbol called the Icthus, which is in the shape of a fish. Then there is the Irish Claddagh, which is preceded by the story of a young couple soon to be married.
The groom-to-be was captured and forced into slavery as a goldsmith. During his time of captivity he started creating a ring for his love. The ring consisted of a heart to signify love, a crown to signify loyalty, and two hands.
The young man after years of being in slavery, escaped his captors and return to his home village of Claddagh, Ireland. He found his true love. Since neither of them had every married, he gave her the ring he created during his time in captivity.
To this day rings are made from all different types of materials, such as silver, gold, copper, plastic and even wood. The newest metal to be used in the making of rings and other pieces of jewelry is titanium and tungsten.
Cubic zirconia is typically only used in the precious metal settings, including the titanium. Cubic zirconia is never used in costume jewelry because it is considered to be the best diamond replacement on the market.
Rings have become an intricate part of our lives today. Just for example, there are class rings that range from high school, college and even the military. One of the most coveted rings in the world of football is the Super Bowl ring. Rings are worn to signify commitment whether it is a wife to her husband, or a nun to God. Rings have become a very important part of our life.
The more popular the cubic zirconia becomes the more roles it will play in our life. Can you imagine a Super Bowl Ring with a cubic zirconia in place of a diamond? You never know it could happen. The more and more the diamond reputation is tainted with the thought of child forced into labor to mine them, more and more people will start to rebel against the atrocities and choose not to wear diamonds any longer. The price of the diamond could be another major factor to decrease the demand on diamonds. People may decide it is not worth the price when the cubic zirconia is more plentiful and lower in cost, and the quality cubic zirconia can rival a diamond in brilliance and look.
As they continue to improve on the technology used to create the cubic zirconia everyday, we can expect greater looking cubic zirconias in the future for our rings.