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Tanzanite Engagement Rings: Tanzanite vs. Diamond

Updated on May 13, 2015
Raw, uncut Tanzanite gemstones.
Raw, uncut Tanzanite gemstones. | Source

Every girl dreams of the day that her knight in shining armor will get down on one knee and ask the big question, “will you marry me?”

The moment will be just perfect, something straight out of a fairy tale, the most romantic and surprising moment in her life. If that’s not a whole lot of pressure, then I don’t know what is!

Tanzanite vs. Diamond

Diamonds became extremely popular back in the mid 1800’s, following the discovery of an abundance of diamonds in South Africa. So they essentially became popular in engagement rings once they were discovered and properly marketed to the right audience; the men in one of their most vulnerable times, who want nothing less but to please their mates and hear that “yes!”

What is Tanzanite? It’s a beautiful stone much more rare than a diamond and it is only mined in one place in this entire world, Tanzania in East Africa. Many people prefer Tanzanite for it’s true rarity as opposed to diamonds which there is actually quite an abundance.

The truth is, Diamonds are:

  • Expensive because of artificial scarcity
  • Not very rare at all
  • Able to be man-made and indistinguishable

  • About as pretty as a clean window

Tanzanite is:

  • Significantly cheaper than diamonds
  • Truly rare, only mined in one single place in the world

  • Increasing in value
  • Naturally beautiful and not so plain-looking

Also, it’s important to note that although tanzanite is not as hard as a diamond, it has a hardness rating of 6.5-7 on the Mohs scale, which means it is hard enough to be used in any type of jewelry, including engagement rings.

Different shades of Tanzanite.
Different shades of Tanzanite. | Source

She likes Tanzanite!

In more recent years, we have been very slowly drifting away from the tradition of diamonds being used for engagement rings. So many stones are so vibrant and beautiful, that some ladies would just prefer a different stone in their rings!

Take Tanzanite engagement rings, they are just as beautiful, if not more, than any diamond out there. Yes, that is a subjective statement, so this should tell you that you need to find out the kind of ring your lady wants!

So you might have found out that your girlfriend takes a liking to Tanzanite engagement rings.

When shopping for Tanzanite engagement rings, keep in mind:

  • Most of the stones you will find will range from deep blue to pale violet. Although the deepest blue are considered the most rare, thus more expensive, the color of the stone is all a matter of personal preference. If her favorite color is purple, get her a pretty purple one!

  • The bigger the stone, the deeper the colors. The beauty of a Tanzanite stone won’t be as obvious in a small stone. The larger the stone, the deeper the color, and obviously, the higher the price tag.

  • Splurge on stone size. Diamonds are expensive, so you're budget is immediately going to determine how large of a stone you can afford. However, with Tanzanite, you can buy a stone 2-3 times the size for the same price!

  • Consider a unique cut.If she is not your typical girl, she would appreciate a ring that is really unique! Look into different cuts and settings and find something that suits her well.
  • Tanzanite can be set in either gold or sterling silver. Is your soon-to-be fiancé a fan of yellow, white, or rose gold? Or perhaps she prefers the whiteness of sterling silver? Either way, you can find Tanzanite set in both metals!

So, if you are looking for a truly rare, gorgeous stone, then Tanzanite might just be your answer!

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Picking the Perfect Ring

I have to hand it to the guys, I really do. I have terrible stage fright so if I were a man proposing to my lady, it would probably be the most horrible, private, nerve-wracking experience for the both of us! Hopefully I would have at least picked out the perfect ring to have a fighting chance of getting that big, juicy, kissing “yes!”

So really though, in a seemingly horrible proposal, a ring can make or break the response! But, how do you go about figuring out what she is dreaming of in an engagement ring? Well, you certainly don’t want her finding out what you’re up to, and you really, really don’t want to give her another stone if she has her heart set on a diamond.

Here are a few tips to be sneaky:

  • Listen to her: She may drop subtle hints here and there about what she likes in jewelry. Take mental notes of this, they will come in handy!

  • What does she wear? Women normally wear their favorite jewelry. Do you notice any patterns between the different jewelry she wears?

  • Ask her friends: If you have connections with some of her friends, ask them what your girlfriend likes in jewelry, but also ask them not to say anything!

  • Look in her jewelry box: Not when she is looking, of course!

  • Go to the mall: Go into the jewelry store telling her that there is a watch or something that you wanted to look at, and tell her it will be a little while if she wants to go look at stuff for herself. Keep a distant eye and ear on her to see what appeals to her.

Know a recently engaged couple? Do a double date, but ask the female fiancé to get on the topic of engagement rings to get your girlfriend to talk!


The history of engagements

The whole proposal process really takes careful planning, a lot of savings, patience, and finding or making the perfect time to do it!

Believe it or not, it’s a very necessary process that dates back to the caveman years, many years BC. Albeit, the type of ring used has evolved tremendously since then, the meaning behind it has not changed a bit, a symbol of the man’s “ownership” of the woman.

Oh, but there’s one more thing; a man is expected to spend anywhere from two months salary to one-third of their annual salary. It is supposed to symbolize financial stability and that the husband will be able to take good care of the wife. This may just be some clever marketing done over the years by the diamond and jewelry companies, but it’s silently expected.

If your woman likes Tanzanite, then there is no way you can go wrong by shopping for Tanzanite engagement rings! Unless of course, you make the grave mistake of getting yellow gold when she likes white gold. Pay attention!

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      Tatiana 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for the comment and clarification.

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      David Gitachu 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Nice article. Just a small typo you made -- Tanzania is in East Africa. All the same, very nice and informative piece.