I agree that the use of tanzanites in rings is one that requires a
very thoughtful design and approach. If a client really must have one
set in a ring then the designer has the challenge of trying to design
the setting to best protect the stone, and equally as important in my
view, be as easy as possible for the setter to set the gemstone.
If it is to be set it in a bezel, consider creating the bezel in a
higher karat such as 20kt or 22kt, which will allow the setting to be
accomplished with less force (or persuasion). This consideration can
also be incorporated as a design element in the color scheme of metals
Absolutely, the client must be completely aware that the nature of
tanzanite does not necessarily make it the best choice for a ring,
depending entirely upon the client’s intended use and wear.
How many people out there are buying an inlaid opal ring, featuring a
tanzanite gemstone and intending to wear it on a daily basis? I
presume it to be quite a few, if one takes a look to the marketing
that illustrates how popular this item has become even down to a very
commercial version and (affordable) price point.
How many of these purchasers would one suppose are being advised as
to the true durability factor of this combination of materials and
making an informed selection? I think an informed client will usually
make a decision based on the practicality of the use, if properly
advised, rather than a purchase solely based on current trend and