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The Most Magical Tanzanite Jewels for December


If I were to envision tanzanite as a being, it would be a snow queen (perhaps an Elsa, if you have a little Frozen fan)—who sparkles inside and out and decks herself in glittering icicles.

Suffice it to say, I think tanzanite is an apt representative for December and the holiday season—it’s a magical birthstone with winter baked right in.

My early encounters with tanzanite were weird. No doubt a gorgeous stone, it was hawked on cruise ships and around the country as the thing to buy—get it now, before it runs out! While this might have gotten plenty of consumers to open their wallets, for me it made it seem gimmicky.

That was in my early days of retail, and I’ve learned a lot since then. Tanzanite is rare, in the sense that it comes from only one source, and the supply of it is expected to run out one day. But I don’t think that’s why we buy it. The thing about tanzanite is, it doesn’t need an angle to make it salable—just have a look at it.

Who on earth doesn’t fall for such a gorgeous, universally appealing hue? Depending on how you’re looking at it, you might catch purple or blue, and different shades of them in between. It really does seem like magic, and that’s not the free cocktails from the cruise talking.

Magical, mystical, holiday-appropriate, and perfect for December babies and everyone else…behold tanzanite, in the hands of an impressive array of jewelry designers and brands that make it all the more gorgeous.

Alaninina tanzanite starry earrings
Starry earrings in 18k white gold with 7.48 cts. t.w. tanzanite and 1.38 cts. t.w. diamonds, $11,250; Alanina
Steven Royce tanzanite pendant
Hexagonal pendant in 18k white gold with 9.05 ct. tanzanite and 1.24 cts. t.w. diamonds, $13,000; Steven Royce
Brenda Smith tanzanite ring
Ring in platinum with 6.54 ct. tanzanite (trillion cut by Stephen Avery) and 1.25 cts. t.w. diamonds, $30,480; Brenda Smith
Omi Prive tanzanite earrings
Earrings in platinum with 6.63 cts. t.w. tanzanite and 1.07 cts. t.w. diamonds, $26,000; Omi Privé
Artistry Ltd tanzanite pendant
Pear-shape pendant in 14k yellow gold with 9.6 ct. tanzanite and 0.91 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,490; Artistry, Ltd.
18 Carat House tanzanite ring
Ring in 18k yellow gold with tanzanite; 18 Carat House
Nak Armstrong tanzanite earrings
Switchback earrings in 20k rose gold with tanzanite, rainbow moonstone, and diamonds, $12,500; Nak Armstrong
Lionheart Bonbon tanzanite charm
Bon Bon charm in 18k yellow gold with 25.33 cts. t.w. tanzanite, 3.05 cts. t.w. opal, and 0.87 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,265; Lionheart
John Atencio tanzanite ring
Signature collection ring in 18k white gold with tanzanite and 0.49 ct. t.w. diamonds, $8,590; John Atencio
Cicada tanzanite earrings
Earrings in platinum with tanzanite, sapphire, and diamonds, $45,680; Cicada
Modern Moghul tanzanite brooch
Vadali brooch in blackened sterling silver with tanzanite, sapphires, and diamonds, $2,300; Modern Moghul
Mason and Books tanzanite ring
Layer Cake ring in yellow gold with 2.95 ct. tanzanite, rainbow moonstone, and 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,850; Mason and Books
Laurie Kaiser tanzanite earrings
Vines teardrop earrings in 18k yellow gold with 12 cts. t.w. tanzanite and 0.31 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,150; Laurie Kaiser
Emily Kuvin tanzanite ring
Solitaire ring in 18k yellow gold with 1.09 ct. tanzanite, $4,200; Emily Kuvin
Rahaminov tanzanite earrings
Flower stud earrings in 18k white gold with 5.3 cts. t.w. tanzanite and 0.09 ct. t.w. diamonds, $9,600; Rahaminov
Ashley Zhang tanzanite ring
Cluster ring in 14k yellow gold with 1 ct. tanzanite and 1.4 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Ashley Zhang
Future Fortune Hazel earrings
Hazel earrings in 18k rose and white gold with 9.82 cts. t.w. tanzanite and 0.6 ct. t.w. diamonds, $10,000; Future Fortune
Harwell Godfrey Giza tanzanite ring
Giza ring in 18k yellow gold with 12.36 ct. tanzanite, price on request; Harwell Godfrey

Top: Sugarloaf ring in 18k white gold with 5.62 ct. tanzanite and 1.52 cts. t.w. diamonds, $32,600; Sonya K.

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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