Tanzanite was discovered in the Merelani Hills, just outside of Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania in the 1960s. Tiffany & Co. named the stone tanzanite after its country of origin and brought it to market with a massive advertising push in 1968. In 2002, the American Gem Trade Association added tanzanite as a birthstone for December. It is also a traditional gemstone gift for 24th wedding anniversaries.
What Is Tanzanite?
Tanzanite is a sub-variety of the mineral zoisite that occurs only in the East African country of Tanzania. The semiprecious gemstone is characterized by a radiant blue-violet hue.
Celebrity jeweler Kyle Chan loves the idea of tanzanite or colored gemstone engagement rings because they’re more in line with modern values—and modern economic realities. “The colored stone trend is good because you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg,” he adds. “You can put that money to better use, like buying a house or a car.”
Meet the Expert
Kyle Chan is a Los Angeles-based fine jeweler. His designs have been worn by celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Carrie Underwood. His jewelry was also featured in the 2016 film La La Land.
Interested in one of these beautiful blue rings? Ahead, we’re explaining everything you need to know about tanzanite engagement rings.
Pros and Cons of Tanzanite Rings
Tanzanite stones are known for their “fire” or sparkle. The highest quality tanzanites have a deep, even hue that can range from a royal blue tinged with violet to a brilliant violet. At smaller carat sizes, tanzanite is generally more affordable than the similarly hued sapphire (as well as diamonds and other precious gemstones), but it still offers the same rarity and reflective characteristics that make an engagement ring feel special. Tanzanite is also a softer stone on the Mohs scale (it ranks in between 6.5 and 7, whereas diamonds are a 10), so it’s important to protect tanzanite jewelry when traveling. Failing to do so could scratch or damage your stone.
What to Look for in a Tanzanite Ring
- Is tanzanite more affordable compared to other gemstones? Tanzanite is typically less costly than precious gemstones, such as rubies, emeralds, and sapphires, but that can change when you’re dealing with tanzanites of larger carat sizes.
- What should I be aware of when shopping for tanzanite rings? As with all translucent gemstones, you want to be sure your tanzanite is free of inclusions within the stone, and that the corners are not chipped or fractured.
- What should I check concerning a tanzanite stone’s color? You’ll also want to check that the color is even throughout. For an easy test, Chan recommends turning the stone upside down and putting it against a white piece of paper.
How to Care for Your Tanzanite Ring
Soap and water is a safe way to clean a tanzanite ring, although Chan says to avoid brushes. For storage, Chan recommends placing your ring in a plastic bag before putting it in a travel jewelry pouch so that diamonds and other stones do not scratch it.
Ready to start shopping for your tanzanite engagement ring? To help you find your dream ring, we’ve researched the most stunning tanzanite options on the market.
Read on for the best tanzanite engagement rings.
All eyes will definitely be on you when you wear this 1.25ct pear-cut tanzanite surrounded by a sparkling double-halo of brilliant diamonds. The platinum setting lets the gemstone’s natural brilliance shine through.
Want to feel like royalty every day? Look no further than this dazzling princess-cut tanzanite with a diamond and tanzanite pavé band. The V-prong setting provides extra security.
Price at time of publish: $3,710
Baguette side stones give the illusion of a triple shank on this glitzy engagement ring. An emerald-cut tanzanite gemstone is accompanied by 72 side round diamonds for a breathtaking finish.
Price at time of publish: $2,950
The truncated triple-halo on this vintage-inspired style gives an air of old-world elegance to this beautiful oval tanzanite engagement ring.
Price at time of publish: $1,299
It’s not every day you see a baguette diamond halo, but that’s why this 4.49ct emerald-cut tanzanite needs to show off all its angles. Capture this 14k white gold stunner in all of its glory with a ring selfie or two.
Go for a more Victorian look with this vintage-inspired ring. An oval tanzanite sits at the center of a filigree style set with thirty-two individual round diamonds.
Price at time of publish: $1,725
Claw prongs, a thin shank, and gallery diamonds allow a radiant cushion-cut tanzanite stone to shine in this delicate ring. What catches our eye the most, however, is the gemstone’s captivating bluish-violet hue.
Price at time of publish: $1,539
Looking for something a little more ethereal? Natural diamonds and freshwater pearls float elegantly around a round-cut tanzanite stone on this curved gold band.
Price at time of publish: $1,150
Double down on the colored engagement ring trend with this pretty 18k yellow gold tanzanite and ruby combo. Trendsetting brides will appreciate the ring’s modern, yet whimsical appeal.
Price at time of publish: $1,450
David Yurman classics like this will never steer you wrong. A faceted tanzanite stone is surrounded by sparkly pavé diamonds for a distinctive look.
Price at time of publish: $6,300
Stacks on stacks of diamonds and tanzanite come together to make the ultimate statement. The juxtaposition between the alluring tanzanite stone and 18k gold lends an air of sophistication and romance to this set.
Price at time of publish: $6,200
Minimalist brides on a budget won’t be able to resist this beautiful tanzanite cluster ring featuring a trio of moissanite stones. Its dainty appeal and modest 14k gold-filled band make it perfect for stacking.
Price at time of publish: $265
Channel your inner Disney princess with this exquisite violet-blue tanzanite engagement ring. With a scalloped halo of diamonds surrounding the center stone and diamonds adorning the split-shank band, there’s no shortage of sparkle factor.
Price at time of publish: $3,339
Does it get any better than this statement-making pear-cut tanzanite ring? With a splendid 14k rose gold band and double diamond halo, it’s hard not to be hypnotized by this ring’s beauty.
Price at time of publish: $6,200
Ready to dazzle? This emerald-cut tanzanite ring is beyond gorgeous with a halo of shimmering diamonds surrounding the center stone and lining the band.
Shown here is a modern princess-cut tanzanite ring with round-cut diamonds inlaid in the platinum band for a chic accent. The tanzanite stone itself is best described as a velvety blue with purple undertones.
Price at time of publish: $2,700
This one-of-a-kind tanzanite ring is nothing short of spectacular. A halo of glistening diamonds commands attention while the center marquise-cut stone lends plenty of conversation-starting appeal.
Price at time of publish: $4,056
This bewitching amethyst and tanzanite rose gold ring will be love at first sight. The tanzanite accents enhance the center stone for a panache-packed statement.
Price at time of publish: $2,160
Saving perhaps the best for last, this rare tanzanite is framed by pavé white diamonds and a contemporary chain-link band encrusted with, yes, even more diamonds.
Price at time of publish: $25,000
Show off your everlasting love with a timeless cushion-cut tanzanite ring. Round diamonds surround the center stone and band for a polished look.
Price at time of publish: $5,548
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