Tanzanite Engagement Rings: The Complete Guide

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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.

Here's everything you need to know about tanzanite engagement rings.

Tanzanite Gemstones 101
Bailey Mariner/Brides 

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? Find several dazzling options ahead.

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Tiffany Soleste® Ring

Tiffany Soleste® Ring

Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.

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. 

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Gemvara Princess-Cut Lara Ring

Princess-Cut Lara Ring

Courtesy of Gemvara 

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.

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Blue Nile Emerald-Cut Tanzanite Ring With Diamond Baguette Side Stones

Emerald-Cut Tanzanite Ring with Diamond Baguette Side Stones

Courtesy of Blue Nile 

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. 

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Ben Bridge Jeweler Tanzanite and Diamond Ring

Tanzanite & Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Ben Bridge 

The truncated triple-halo on this vintage-inspired style gives an air of old-world elegance to this beautiful oval tanzanite engagement ring. 

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Effy Jewelry Tanzanite Royale Tanzanite and Diamond Ring

Effy Tanzanite Royale Tanzanite and Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Effy Jewelry 

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.

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Shane Co. Vintage Tanzanite and Diamond Ring

Vintage Tanzanite and Diamond Ring

Courtesy of Shane Co.

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. 

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Angara Thin Shank Cushion-Cut Tanzanite Ring With Diamond Accents

Thin Shank Cushion-Cut Tanzanite Ring with Diamond Accents

Courtesy of Angara

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.

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Tippy Taste Tanzanite Ivy Diamond Pearl Ring

Tanzanite Ivy Diamond Pearl Ring

Courtesy of Tippy Taste

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. 

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Yi Collection Tanzanite and Ruby Ring

Tanzanite & Ruby Ring

Courtesy of Yi Collection 

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.

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David Yurman Châtelaine Pave Bezel Ring With Tanzanite and Diamonds

David Yurman Châtelaine Pave Bezel Ring With Tanzanite and Diamonds

Courtesy of David Yurman

David Yurman classics like this will never steer you wrong. A faceted tanzanite stone is surrounded by sparkly pavé diamonds for a distinctive look. 

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David Yurman Stax Statement Ring in 18K Yellow Gold With Tanzanite and Diamonds

David Yurman Stax Statement Ring in 18K Yellow Gold With Tanzanite and Diamonds

Courtesy of David Yurman

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.

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Emily Warden Designs Tanzanite Cluster Ring

Emily Warden Designs Tanzanite Cluster Ring

Courtesy of Emily Warden Designs

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

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Helzberg Diamonds Cushion-Cut Tanzanite and Diamond Ring in 14k White Gold

Helzberg Diamonds Cushion-Cut Tanzanite and Diamond Ring in 14k White Gold

Courtesy of Helzberg Diamonds

Show off your everlasting love with a timeless cushion-cut tanzanite ring. Round diamonds surround the center stone and band for a polished look. 

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Zales Enchanted Disney Ultimate Princess Tanzanite Engagement Ring

Zales Enchanted Disney Ultimate Princess Tanzanite Engagement Ring

Courtesy of Zales

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.

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Blue Nile Pear Cut Tanzanite Ring

Blue Nile Pear Cut Tanzanite Ring

Courtesy of Blue Nile

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.

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Beverley K Diamond Ring With Emerald Cut Tanzanite Center

Beverley K Diamond Ring With Emerald Cut Tanzanite Center

Courtesy of Beverley K

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.

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Gemvara Phoebe Ring

Gemvara Phoebe Ring

Courtesy of Gemvara

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.

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1stDibs Gem Bleu Tanzanite 3.5 Carat Marquise Ring

1stDibs Gem Bleu Tanzanite 3.5 Carat Marquise Ring

Courtesy of 1st Dibs

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.

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Amethyst & Tanzanite Ring in 14K Rose Gold

Amethyst & Tanzanite Ring in 14K Rose Gold

Courtesy of Bloomingdales

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.

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David Yurman Gems Tanzanite Ring in White Gold with Diamonds

David Yurman Gems Tanzanite Ring in White Gold with Diamonds

Courtesy of David Yurman

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.  

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