Five transcendent tanzanite designs for December birthdays
Tanzanite, an enticing, deep-blue gem, was discovered in the foothills of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro in the 1960s and introduced to market by the iconic American jewelry brand Tiffany & Co. The New York brand called it “the most beautiful blue stone to be discovered in 2000 years,” and named it after its place of origin.
Today, tanzanite displays its elegance across the board through designs that range from fantastical to traditional. Here, we’ve chosen our five favorite pieces to honour December’s beguiling birthstone.
Tiffany & Co.
Tiffany & Co. — credited with introducing the United States to tanzanite in 1968 — boasts several designs centring on the captivating blue gem. Among its most stunning creations is this platinum peacock bracelet (above) with diamonds and an oval tanzanite stone ($US140,000, or about $A190,000). (tiffany.com)
Yehouda Saketkhou of San Francisco–based Yael Designs created this art deco–inspired 18-karat black-gold ring ($US11,508, or about $A15,600); its central tanzanite stone is set between two contrasting green tourmalines. (yaeldesigns.com)
Known for his impeccable eye for quality gemstones and impeccably constructed designs, Beverly Hills jeweler Martin Katz showcases his talents with this luminous pair of briolette tanzanite drop earrings microset with sapphires, amethysts, and diamonds ($US22,500, or about $A30,500). (martinkatz.com)
Jaipur’s Amrapali jewellery house calls upon traditional Indian craftsmanship for this 18-karat white-gold necklace (price upon request), which highlights 19 mesmerising cabochon-cut tanzanite stones, each encircled with diamonds. (amrapalijewels.com)
In these convertible earrings ($US120,000, or about $A162,800), Mikimoto’s world-famous white South Sea cultured pearls provide an elegant contrast to the deep sea-blue tanzanite. (mikimoto.com)