Tanzanite Rings

What is Tanzanite?
Take some dull brown zoisite, add some high heat and voila!  You have beautiful blue or purple tanzanite, perfect for use in tanzanite rings. One of tanzanite’s most fascinating qualities is the way the same gemstone can seem to be different colors in different light. Sometimes it looks blue, others it seems violet, and some stone even show bits of red.

Discovery of Tanzanite used in Tanzanite Rings
Tanzanite was discovered in the African nation of Tanzania in 1967, making it a relatively new gem compared to stones like garnet, which have been around for thousands of years.  It is said that people of the Masai tribe witnessed a brown zoisite rock in the path of a brush fire turn to a beautiful blue color, and a few enterprising members of the group began trading the now pretty stones.  They caught on quickly, and before long the Tiffany Jewelry Company realized that this gem was a potential winner, if marketed properly.  They came up with the trade name tanzanite, in honor of the country where the gem was first found, and that name sticks to this day.  Appropriate, since as of this writing, tanzanite has not been found outside of Tanzania.

Tanzanite Rings
The brilliant blue and violet shades of tanzanite make it a popular choice for rings. These hues complement a number of outfits and go well with yellow metal, like gold, and white, like silver or platinum. Tanzanite gemstones also look fabulous when mounted next to other precious and semi precious stones, as in an emerald, amethyst, garnet or tanzanite and diamond ring.

Birthstone Tanzanite Rings
Since tanzanite is a relatively new gemstone, it is not one of the original birthstones.  However its popularity led the American Gem Trade Association to update the birthstone list in 2002, making tanzanite a birthstone for the month of December, sharing the honor with zircon and turquoise.  Tanzanite rings are fantastic birthday gifts for anyone born in December, but they are also appropriate for Christmas gifts, Valentine’s, mother’s day, or any other gift giving occasion.

Caring for Tanzanite Rings
Tanzanite measures in at about 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale, which is a tool to measure gem hardness.  In comparison, a diamond is a 10, while turquoise comes in at around 5. Because tanzanite is a bit lower on the scale owners of lovely tanzanite rings should avoid situations that could damage them or cause them to scratch or break.  Tanzanite jewelry should be removed while using harsh chemicals, such as cleaning solutions, or while engaging in activities that could cause the ring to be knocked around, like sports or building.

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Ruby Rings as Gifts

The Author's Ruby RingsI am a strong believer in ruby rings as gifts. The selection of my ruby rings shown at left has been built almost entirely from gifts from those who love me, from the little ruby gold ring on the far left that was given to me by my parents for my 13th birthday, to the white gold ruby ring, dead center, which was a Christmas gift from my husband just last year. If you’re not sure to what to get that special someone, you’ll rarely go wrong with a ruby ring, and they are ideal for so many occasions.

Ruby Birthstone Rings
While a ruby ring makes a fabulous gift for anyone, they are particularly prized by those born in July, since ruby is the birthstone for July. My birthday is in July, and I’ve always felt fortunate that I was blessed with such a wonderful birthstone, although there are many other fine precious and semi precious stones on the birthstone list. Most jewelry stores specializing in fine jewelry will have a birthstone section, featuring jewelry set in the stones for that month, including pendants, earrings, bracelets, and of course, rings.

Mother’s or Grandmother’s Rings
A mother or grandmother’s ring is a special gift that a woman can cherish always. The ring is set with the birthstones of each of her children or grandchildren, creating a colorful and unique piece of jewelry. This gift is perfect for mother’s day, but also makes a wonderful birthday or Christmas gift. Each time she looks at the ring, she will be reminded of her most priceless jewels: her children.

Ruby Anniversary Rings
Most people know that silver is the traditional gift for the 25th anniversary and gold is the gift for the 50th anniversary, but few know that ruby is the traditional gift for the 40th wedding anniversary. If you or someone you love are celebrating a 40th anniversary, a ruby ring would be a perfect gift. Then again, why wait 40 years? Ruby jewelry makes a great gift for any anniversary.

Valentine’s Day
Celebrate the day of love with the color of love: a beautiful red ruby ring.

Men’s Ruby Rings
Some may think that there are only ruby rings for women, but that’s not the case. Ruby rings aren’t just for the ladies, no, no. There are many handsome mens ruby rings on the market, from those with small, discreet stones to larger stones that make a statement. If the man in your life appreciates the appeal of fine jewelry, then an attractive ruby ring could be just the gift for him.

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