zir·​co·​nia | \ ˌzər-ˈkō-nē-ə How to pronounce zirconia (audio) \

Definition of zirconia

: a white crystalline compound ZrO2 used especially in refractories, in thermal and electric insulation, in abrasives, and in enamels and glazes

called also zirconium oxide

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Costume Institute gunmetal and zirconia pendant choker, $75; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia mixed cross bracelet, $50; 18-karat gold plate and zirconia pendant necklace, $90; at store.metmuseum.org. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Jeans of the Future," 9 May 2018 The company makes nanocrystals — specks of zirconia a fraction of the width of a strand of hair — that can be added to polymers and coatings to improve the adhesiveness of specialty glues and improve refraction in LED lights. Christopher Dinsmore, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore advanced material maker Pixelligent raises $7.6 million in latest funding round," 18 Apr. 2018 The best outfits employ staffers with appraisal skills who can tell whether Uncle Bob’s wingback chair is a valuable antique and determine if those family diamonds are really cubic zirconia. Jennifer Barger, The Seattle Times, "Downsizing, divorce, death: What to do when you need to put on an estate sale," 28 July 2017 For an attention-grabbing embellished choker, check out Fallon Jewelry's extra large netted cubic zirconia model that is on sale ($495; modaoperandi.com) or Jennifer Behr's wide Swarovski crystal interpretation ($825; jenniferbehr.com). 2. Nicole Saunders, Billboard, "5 Essential Items To Get Dua Lipa's Glam-Meets-Tomboy Style," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of zirconia

1797, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zirconia

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary zircon

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