9CT GOLD SAPPHIRE & CUBIC ZIRCONIA CLUSTER STUDS
These stud earrings are elegant and sophisticated. These beautiful 9ct Yellow Gold, Sapphire and Diamond-like Cubic Zirconia stud earrings are a match made in heaven. This stunning design features a central brilliant oval-cut Sapphire, surrounded by 8 glittering Cubic Zirconia stones in a claw setting.
Approximately 8x10mm, with 9ct Gold posts and butterfly backs.
Also available in Ruby and Emerald (If no link here please contact me).
In addition to being surrounded by many myths and legends, Sapphire also enjoys one of the richest histories. In the Middle Ages, it was thought to be an antidote against poisons and to possess a magical power to influence the spirits. It is also mentioned numerous times in the Bible. This gem is the birthstone of September and is associated with the Zodiac sign of Taurus. It is also the gift for the 5th, 45th and 70th anniversaries. Its hard crystal structure measures 9 on the Mohs scale, making it incredibly durable.
Cubic zirconia, as a Diamond substituent and jewel competitor, has been seen as a potential solution against conflict Diamonds and the controversy surrounding the rarity and value of Diamonds. This is attributed to confirmed evidence that there were price-fixing practices taken by the major producers of rough Diamonds, in majority attributed to De Beers Company known as to holding a monopoly on the market from the 1870s to early 2000s. However, De Beers and Co do not have as much power over the market, the price of Diamonds continues to increase due to the increased demand in emerging markets such as India and China. A closely related issue to this monopoly was the emergence of conflict Diamonds. It has been shown that the Kimberley Process is not as effective in decreasing the number of conflict Diamonds reaching the European and American markets as intended. A 2015 study from the Enough Project, showed that groups in the Central African Republic have reaped between US$3 million and US$6 million annually from blood Diamonds. Diamond substituents, therefore, have become an alternative to boycotting altogether the funding of such unethical practices. However, concerns from mining countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo are that a boycott in purchases of Diamonds would only worsen their economy. Therefore, it is argued that in the short term Diamonds substituents could be an alternative to reduce conflict around the market of Diamond mining but a long term solution would be to establish a more rigorous system of identifying the origin of these stones.