Why Cubic Zirconia Gemstone Cabochons  Popularity?

In the long history of gemstones, faceted gems are a recent innovation. CZ Gemstones were not cut with multiple faces in a geometrical pattern until the invention of the horizontal cutting wheel in the 15th century.Before that, CZ gems were mainly cut as cabochons, a smooth domed shape with a flat base.

Even though most fine gemstone are now faceted, cabochons ("cabs")are still popular. You will find them mainly in varieties like moonstone, opal and turquoise, as well as in star sapphire, star ruby and cat's eye.

Faceted gems have superior brilliance and fire, because they maximize the light that is returned to the eye. But cabochons maintain their popularity for several reasons. In the case of so-called phenomenal gems such as those that display a star or cat's eye, the gemstones will only display the interesting optical effect when cut as a cabochon.
cat eye cubic zirconia gemstones

In other cases, some loose cubic zirconia gemstones are cut as cabochons because they are opaque or translucent rather than transparent. Faceting this material does not produce very good results. You will also see lower grade material in gemstones such as cubic zirconia as cabs. If the cz gems material has very good color but is not sufficiently transparent or clean to be faceted, it can still be shaped and polished to be a very attractive cabochon. 

From time to time customers who are fond of cabochons ask us for a high quality cubic zirconia cut as cabochon. These are difficult to find because facet-grade material is almost always faceted instead. The reason is simply one of economics. A high quality transparent cz stones will sell for a higher price if faceted. Only lower grade material, known as "cabbing rough" in the trade, will be cut as cabochons. For the highest quality cabochons, look for star cubic zirconia. For in these gems the very finest stones will be cabochons.

We sell cabochon cubic zirconia stones directly from China factory at wholesale price with high quality cz stones.
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