The jaw dropping, tanzanite and diamond rings
I think unique will best describe tanzanite and diamond rings, more on this in a bit.
What is Tanzanite? Tanzanite is a mineral from the Zoisite group first found in the sau-Alp mountains in Austria in 1805.
It was originally called Saualpite. Other members of this group include Thulite and Anyolite.
Why did I say diamond tanzanite rings are unique?
Well for starters, the only significant deposits of Tanzanite are only found in one location on earth & that is Tanzania in East Africa.
There is information from the mining industry that in another 30 years, the current deposits will be depleted.
It doesn’t require genius to know that this makes tanzanite rare & most rare things are expensive.
Am sure in 30 years time, it will be as expensive as diamond.
The term tanzanite was first introduced by Tiffany’s the New York jewelers coined from the name of the country it is found in Tanzania.
Good color tanzanite is sapphire blue & in artificial light appears amethyst violet; however when unheated, it has yellowish & brown tints.
When heated to between 400 – 500 degrees c, the interfering tints vanish and the blue deepens.
This is to say that almost all tanzanite is heat treated to obtain the best color.
Natural color quality tanzanite especially above 3 carats is very rare & fetches very high prices.
There is a variety of green tanzanite which is a collectors’ item. It is rarer than the purple variety and much treasured by those who love tanzanite.
The marriage that gives us tanzanite and diamond rings is one that complements each other.
Tanzanite has a hardness of 7 while diamond of 10.
This means that tanzanite is hard enough to be set alongside diamond which cuts or scratches any other stone; although nowhere near as hard as diamond.
The contrast in color makes these rings visually stunning.
A well cut fiery diamond is breathtaking while a masterfully cut tanzanite will stop you in your tracks.
If you have never seen tanzanite with your own eyes, I suggest a visit to a good jeweler is in order.
What you’ll see on the internet just won’t do it justice.
A personal favourite
My personal favorite setting for tanzanite rings is yellow gold.
I love the contrast of yellow, violet and white of the diamond for those who like the classic look, platinum or titanium also do these rings justice as they tend to accentuate the tanzanite and the diamond.
As much as tanzanite has a hardness of 7, be careful how you handle diamond tanzanite rings.
You have to take more care than if you were just wearing a diamond as tanzanite will get scratched on rough surfaces.
Don’t knock your tanzanite stone on hard surfaces either as it has cleavage planes; depending on your stones it can crack along those planes.
Also be careful not to wear your tanzanite and diamond rings while using corrosive & abrasive chemicals.
The diamond might take the punishment (even though it’s not recommended) but the tanzanite won’t.
I dare say that the combination of tanzanite and diamond is one of the most stunning in the gem world and it will make any bride to be very weak at the knees!