Happy birthday, December babies! Your December birthstones are Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon. These beautiful stones come in shades of blue reminiscent of the sea and the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter has descended and these colors bring light and joy to an often dark and dreary time of the year. Find out more about the December birthstones and see how you can incorporate them meaningfully into a gift for yourself or your loved ones.
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December Birthstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon
According to the American Gem Society, these gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered (tanzanite).
Turquoise is known for its beautiful and distinctive color, which can range from a greenish blue to a powdery blue. So striking is its color that anything that resembles this hue is also called Turquoise, one of the few minerals to do so.
The origin of the word is from the French phrase ‘pierre tourques’, meaning Turkish stone brought from Turkey to Europe, dating back to the 13th Century. The traditional source of this sky blue stone was Ancient Persia (now Iran) and also the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt.
Today, the U.S. supplies most of the world’s turquoise, namely from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico. Arizona’s turquoise are reportedly the best in value and quality. It has also traditionally been a stone used in Native American jewelry.
Some of its metaphysical properties include filtering impurities in your aura and allowing you to communicate with truth. It also helps you to be spiritually attuned and to tap into your intuition more easily.
Named after Tanzania, it is only found exclusively in that region of the world. Discovered in 1967, it is a stone that has quickly grown in popularity. Ranging from a pale shade of blue to an intense shade of ultramarine and violet, it can appear different when looked at from different angles.
Some of its metaphysical properties include its ability to aid communication, and to calm and soothe frayed nerves and communication difficulties. It also aids problem-solving abilities and sharing information from the heart. It can also help individuals interpret emotional experiences from an intellectual point of view.
As one of the oldest gems in the world, it’s available in a variety of colors and comes from the word ‘margin’ or gold-colored. Zircon from Australia dates back to 4.4 billion years! The blue Zircon in particular is the gemstone designated to December, though it also comes in red, orange, yellow green and brown.
Although Australia is still the main source of Zircon, it can also be found in Cambodia, Canada, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand. Some of its metaphysical properties include being able to induce sleep, bring prosperity and also to ward off evil, and has been used since the Middle Ages.
Pair any of these stones with a heart-stopping bouquet from our array of blooms.
Information adapted from American Gem Society. Featured image by CreativeJewelersNM.com