The earliest deposits of diamonds were found as early as the 4th Century in India, and from then on diamonds have been s traditional choice for every occasion. In recent years though, other gems have entered the market and made their presence felt in every jewel category there is Fashion is a culture’s life, and in order for it to survive there has to be constant change. At every point of time in fashion, the old is out and the new is always in and this applies to jewelry as well. While the much loved hardest gem known to mankind – diamonds – has had its share of fame as is still positioned high on the popularity graph, its newest competitor happens to be tanzanite.
This vivacious blue entrant is anything but ordinary. Found exclusively at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, tanzanite gems are a thousand times rarer than diamonds based on mining capacity. Geologists have done extensive research and come to the conclusion that it is improbable or maybe even impossible for such an occurrence of tanzanite to repeat itself.
Its rarity is not its only claim to fame. A high grade tanzanite had unmatched beauty in color and tone. Adding to its perfect cobalt saturation and middle tone of darkness so as to accent the color without sacrificing on the sparkle is the fact that this gem also happens to be pleochroic in nature. What does that mean? It means that when you buy yourself tanzanite jewelry – tanzanite rings for example – then each crystalline plain of the stone will exhibit one of three different colors; violets, blue and sometimes crimson.
Tanzanite wedding rings and tanzanite engagement rings have flooded the wedding jewelry sections of jewelry stores – it serves the purpose of something blue! As compared to the traditional diamond rings tanzanite rings stand out in a crowd and make a statement, not to mention the life that their color adds to the entire outfit!
Diamond tanzanite rings have also made their entry and this style is here to say. Be it halo rings, paved bands or simple three stone ones, the relationship between the grey diamonds and the intense blue tanzanite has been utilized time and again to make beautiful jewelry. The clear sparkling diamonds accent the tanzanite’s color and vice versa.
Let go of tradition and introduce to your wardrobe some color and vivacity. Go buy yourself a tanzanite ring! Its visually flexible color makes sure that it suits any outfit worn for formal or casual occasions. Not only that, but its relatively low hardness on the Moh scale makes it hard enough for daily wear but yet easier to facet by jewelers. This results in a much larger range of ring design options!
If you happen to be looking at a ring from the investment point of view, then tanzanite rings and diamond tanzanite rings trump plain diamond rings any day. Much rarer that diamond, tanzanite’s only have about a decade of mining capacity left. This has led to a short window this year and hopefully the next where tanzanite prices have stabilized, making this the best time to buy.
The birthstone of December and an ideal choice to both own and gift, tanzanites are the gemstone world’s newest and most loved find.