Tanzanite was discovered decades after the Art Deco Period and over a half a century after the Victorian Era, but that doesn’t stop it from adding a unique beauty to jewelry that’s inspired by these times past! Tanzanite rings that feature vintage styles combine time-honored looks with a fresh-faced gemstone that gives them a burst of new life.
When compared to stones that have been used as adornments for thousands of years, such as the ruby or the sapphire, tanzanite is still the new kid on the block. This alluring gem was discovered less than 50 years ago, in 1967, near the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since then, it’s been found only in one small area of the globe, just five miles square.
The color of tanzanite is unlike that of any other stone, and its one-of-a-kind hue makes it an unforgettable way to make a fashion statement, declare your love or even pop the question. A brilliant blue with a touch of violet, this gem calls to mind the color of a cornflower in later summer—except drenched in sparkle.
Tanzanite engagement rings are unexpected but exquisite ways to pop the question. By proposing with a stone that’s found in just one small part of the world, you show the one you love that you think she’s one in a million. The 1 Carat Art Deco Tanzanite Engagement Ring in 14K White Gold is a stunning example. This one-of-a-kind ring gives a 1920s-inspired lotus flower a big touch of lavish cornflower-colored sparkle as a one-carat round tanzanite is revealed by shining, gracefully-opening petals. This uniquely adorned flower sits atop a solid white gold band that’s richly carved with a motif of paisley-like swirls and leaves. In addition to this stunning 14K white gold ring, this style is available with an eye-catching yellow gold flower in a radiant two-tone style. Or, use it as half of a striking wedding jewelry set.
Tanzanite adds a vibrant touch to a number of engagement ring and wedding band sets, and the Antique-Style Tanzanite Wedding Ring Set is a beautiful example. The engagement ring in this Victorian pair surrounds a 4.5mm round tanzanite with an intricately-carved motif of swirls and openwork accents. The coordinating slender wedding band displays a similar motif as it curves to perfectly fit with its partner. The undeniable feminine charm of this set is brilliantly complemented with the striking sparkle of the stone that it holds.
Vintage rings that pair tanzanite with diamonds combine surprising, vibrant color with timeless, versatile sparkle. For instance, the Tanzanite and Diamond Heart Ring in 14K White Gold accents a 5mm round tanzanite with two smaller diamonds, one on each side. These diamonds glimmer from within carved hearts that accent the vintage motif that’s carved into the 14K white gold band. This design is old-fashioned but striking, with big doses of romance and class.
Vintage gemstone rings that feature tanzanite give these time-tested styles a breath of fresh air. Try one for the perfect partnership of old and new.