SILVER CUBIC ZIRCONIA DROP EARRINGS
A gorgeous, shiny pair of stud earrings, made of a large beautifully cut clear Cubic Zirconia set in Sterling Silver. Please take a closer look also at the frame of this stone... it has stones running down one of the arms. The large stone on each stud is 6mm in diameter. The full length of the pendant is 16.5mm.
So unique and elegant. They are the perfect gift for your bridesmaids.
A matching pendant is available here.
The word "Silver" appears in Anglo-Saxon in various spellings, such as seolfor and siolfor. Silver was one of the seven metals of antiquity that were known to prehistoric humans and whose discovery is thus lost to history. However, unlike copper, Silver did not lead to the growth of metallurgy on account of its low structural strength and was more often used ornamentally or as money. Silver was more expensive than gold in Egypt until around the fifteenth century BC. The situation changed with the discovery of cupellation, a technique that allowed Silver metal to be extracted from its ores. The origins of Silver production in India, China, and Japan were almost certainly equally ancient, but are not well-documented due to their great age.
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 simulants could be an alternative to reduce conflict around the market of Diamond mining but a long term solution would establish a more rigorous system of identifying the origin of these stones.
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