Tantalising Tanzanite

December babies are spoilt for choice when it comes to the birthstone of the month – tanzanite, turquoise or zircon. Here’s our edit of couture jewellery for Tanzanite enthusiasts.

Folkore has it that in 1967, a Masai tribesman stumbled upon a cluster of highly transparent, intense violet-to-blue crystals weathering out of the earth in Merelani, an area of northern Tanzania. He alerted a local fortune hunter, Manuel d’Souza, who quickly registered a few mining claims. D’Souza hoped that he’d discovered a new sapphire deposit. Instead, it turned out to be a new addition to the world of gems.  

The stone with its intense and unusual colour fascinated Tiffany & Co, who became its main distributor. Tiffany then threw the spotlight on the African gemstone with its advertising campaign in 1968 – and the rest of the world fell in love with this gorgeous gem. The luxury house also christened the “blue zoisite” as homage to its country of origin – Tanzanite.

Whether you believe in the significance of birthstones or not, your jewellery collection could always do with a pop of velvety, rich blue or violet Tanzanites.

The hoops depicting rolling waves feature tanzanites that tumble along with its peaks and troughs. By Renna
The arresting 18-karat yellow gold ring set with a 2.90-carat tanzanite. By Minka
Hoops made of recycled 20-karat rose gold set with tanzanite, peach tourmaline, andalusite, and white diamonds. By Nak Armstrong
The white gold Diamond Empress necklace is set with a 4.92-carat tanzanite and diamonds. By Theo Fennell
An enticing tanzanite cocktail ring. By John Hardy
Butterfly drop earrings fashioned with 18-karat rose gold set with tanzanite and diamonds. By Anna Sheffield
An oval tanzanite is the hero of this 18-karat yellow gold cocktail ring. By Deborah Pagani
Diamond swallow earrings in gold suspending tanzanite drops. By Arman Sarkisyan
Scatter Climber 18-karat white gold adorned with tanzanite and diamonds. By Ananya
18-karat white gold necklace suspends a pendant suffused with sapphires and tanzanite. By Nam Cho
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