Famed for the scintillating and rich natural tones of the gem, Tanzanite has become a popular and alluring choice for engagement rings. Only found within a very small area of Tanzania, the stone is rare due to the strict sustainable selling practices of the Tanzanian government.
Tanzanite engagement rings are a unique and beautiful choice offering a sophisticated aesthetic for those looking for something a little bit different.
Platinum or palladium rings are very complimentary to the natural beauty and tones of Tanzanite and provide a strong and durable setting for the stone. The deep tones are further enhanced by accompanying Diamond shoulder stones which offer a stunning contrasting shimmer.
The range of elegant Tanzanite engagement rings designs at Wharton Goldsmith include modern crossover styles, stunning subtle options such as the Platinum Pear Shaped Tanzanite and Diamond Rings and eye-catching larger stone pieces like the Oval Tanzanite Split Shank ring.
In addition to the beautiful collection of designs utilising gemstones such as Tanzanite, Emerald and Ruby available online, Wharton Goldsmith offers a bespoke design service for something truly one of a kind. Find out more about original engagement ring design here.
Mined in the Manyara region of Northern Tanzania, Tanzanite is in a class of its own with stunning deep blues to violet hues and has the effect of looking into the deep blue sea so intense is the colour.
The material is a variety of Zoisite found only in a very small area of Northern Tanzania near Mt Kilimanjaro. The mining area is just 7x2 kilometers. The rough material is naturally slightly brown in colour and traditional heat treatment removes this veil to expose the true colour. As with all gemstones Tanzanite comes in a variety of colour from very light almost sky blue up to the deep lustrous blue to purple colour.
Whilst traditionally Tanzanite has been graded as A, AA or AAA for the best material, the GIA now has a much more developed grading system siting the hue of the stone – ‘vB’ violet/violet with stronger blue or ‘Vb’ stronger violet with blue. Then saturation of colour graded from 1 (greyish) up to 6 (vivid) and lastly how light or dark the stone is. Tone Scale from 2 (very high) up to 5 (medium) and 8 (very dark). These three tests are put together in the grading certificate and a typical one for a fine stone would read : Hue vB (blue dominant) Tone 6 (medium dark) Saturation 6 (vivid).
As with all gemstones choosing your stone is a potential minefield unless you buy through a reputable and knowledgeable source. Here at Christopher Wharton Goldsmith we carry a comprehensive collection of larger individual stones as well as smaller more commercial pieces.