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cubic zirconia

[zur-koh-nee-uh] /zɜrˈkoʊ ni ə/
noun, plural cubic zirconias.
an artificial crystal resembling a diamond in refraction, dispersion, hardness, and color, used in jewelry.
Abbreviation: CZ.
Sometimes, cubic zirconium
[zur-koh-nee-uh m] /zɜrˈkoʊ ni əm/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the web for cubic zirconia
  • Imitation diamonds, such as cubic zirconia, resemble diamonds in appearance but cost much less.
  • Zircon is also marketed as a natural gemstone and is processed to produce cubic zirconia, a diamond and colored gemstone simulant.

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