Jack Frost nipping at your nose? Then cozy up to these December birthstones! Each of these cool-toned jewels mirrors the chill temperature of winter, but are ablaze with their own vibrant features and radiance.
If you’ve ever felt disgruntled about being a December baby and had your birthday lumped in with the holidays, your consolation is that you've got three gorgeous birthstones to choose from: tanzanite, turquoise, and zircon. Each of these December birthstones are in a wintery shade of blue. But make no mistake about it: they are each uniquely their own.
For example, the stone-like aqua print of turquoise offers an earthy appeal. Meanwhile, both tanzanite and zircon sparkle with a radiant sparkle.
Point is: you've got options. As we approach the end of our year around the sun and the holiday festivities commence, think about adding a December birthstone to your holiday wish-list.
Ready to learn more about these blue gems? We thought you’d never ask! Get ready to learn all about the physical properties and holistic attributes of December’s blue birthstones.
Let’s kick off this December birthstone party with tanzanite, a blue-violet gemstone hailing from an African country. Any guesses as to which country? We’ll give you a hint: it’s practically in the name! That’s right, tanzanite comes from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. What’s unique about tanzanite is that, unlike other gemstones that are sourced from around the world, tanzanite is exclusively from Tanzania.
A relatively new gemstone discovery, tanzanite wasn’t on the gemstone radar until the late 1960s when it was first discovered.
Not quite as blue as a sapphire, and not quite as purple as amethyst, tanzanite combines the best of both worlds on the color spectrum. Adding to its desirability, tanzanite is affordable and easily cut into a variety of shapes and sizes. Do you know what that means? Endless jewelry designs! Tanzanite lends itself well to many jewelry items, including necklace pendants, earrings, and rings. Veil yourself in violet-blue this holiday season with a tanzanite jewel!
Departing from the deep, blue-violet color of tanzanite, zircon is a vivid aqua blue. And while zircon comes in a spectrum of colors, including warm hues of red and orange, blue is the most popular. It’s easy to see why! This bright, dazzling gem comes from the Asian countries of Thailand, Cambodia and Southern Vietnam.
Asian gemstones are steeped in holistic properties, and zircon is no different! Wearing zircon is believed to garner you with relief from pain. Additionally, zircon is known to enhance appetite and provide protection to travelers.
In recent years, there’s been some confusion about blue zircon simply because of its name. Many people mistake zircon for cubic zirconia, a lab fabricated diamond-substitute. However, the two couldn’t be farther from one another in appearance, composition, and value. For starters, cubic zirconia is colorless and man-made.
Blue zircon, on the other hand, is a vibrant, lush hue of radiant blue and is organically mined from zirconium silicate deposits. During the Middle Ages, zircon adorned travelers and warriors who believed it had the power to protect them from plagues, evil spirits, and road wounds. Bottom line: blue zircon is a fierce and fiery natural gemstone. If you want to adorn yourself in a twinkling blizzard of gemstone jewelry, zircon has your name all over it!
The name turquoise comes from the French word for “Turkish stone,” and was first discovered in the 13th century. If you’ve ever visited the American Southwest, you’ve stumbled upon troves of turquoise vendors selling Native-American jewelry. That’s because turquoise is a vital component of traditional Native American culture.
This significant and sacred gemstone is known as the “Stone of Life” to Native Americans, as it represents all living things. While greenish-blue speckled with shades of sand is the classic color of turquoise, it’s available in a variety of colors. As such, Native Americans regard it as a stone representative of the vivid colors of the earth and their sacred land. Turquoise is of particular importance to the Navajo, who wear the stone to protect against evil. Additionally, the Navajo tell of the Changing Woman, Estsanatlehi, who adorns herself in turquoise.
In jewelry, turquoise is extremely popular, especially as a statement piece. It’s often partnered with other gemstones and almost always set in sterling silver. Some of the most popular turquoise jewelry items are turquoise rings and bracelets. However, these gems are often placed in earrings, necklace pendants, and even clothing and handbags.
It’s no secret why turquoise holds so much sacred energy: it’s one of the oldest gemstones in the world! Add to that intrigue an amalgamation of vibrant teal colors and patterns, and you’ve got one of the most unique gems around!
Birthstone jewelry makes the perfect gift. Who wouldn’t love to be bedazzled in their very own birthstone? The hardest decision you’ll have is deciding which birthstone to buy. Well, who says you have to choose? Treat yourself to a turquoise statement ring or add some glitz to an evening look with a gorgeous tanzanite pendant. Or, put a pair of stunning zircon earrings on your birthday list!
The best thing about birthstone jewelry is that it’s a personalized gift that also happens to be wearable. This means that no matter where you go, you can wear your December birthstone jewelry!
As you can see, you’ve got plenty of options when buying December birthstones. And who says you have to choose just one? It’s your birth month, right? Well then, you might as well have some fun accessorizing with your birthstones!
As the weather turns and the festivities begin, remember to treat yourself to something special for your birthday. Or, you may want to add a gem to your wishlist for the holidays. After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year! It sounds like a good a time as any to treat yourself to a December birthstone. In fact, better make it three.
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