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!
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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!
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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.
Ready to shop? We thought so! Browse our tanzanite, blue zircon and turquoise collections to find a beautiful gemstone for your birthday.
如果您曾經對成為 12 月的嬰兒感到不滿，並且將生日與假期混為一談，那麼您的安慰是，您有三種華麗的生日石可供選擇：坦桑石、綠松石和鋯石。這些十二月生日石中的每一顆都呈現出冬日般的藍色。但請不要誤會：他們每個人都是獨一無二的。
重點是：你有選擇。當我們在太陽附近接近一年的結束和節日慶祝活動時，請考慮將 12 月生日石添加到您的節日願望清單中。
讓我們用來自非洲國家的藍紫色寶石坦桑石開始這個 12 月的生日石派對。猜猜是哪個國家的？我們會給你一個提示：它實際上就是名字！沒錯，坦桑石來自坦桑尼亞的乞力馬扎羅山腳下。坦桑石的獨特之處在於，與來自世界各地的其他寶石不同，坦桑石完全來自坦桑尼亞。
坦桑石是一種相對較新的寶石發現，直到 1960 年代後期首次被發現時才出現在寶石雷達上。
綠松石這個名字來自法語單詞“土耳其石”，最早發現於 13 世紀。如果您曾經訪問過美國西南部，那麼您會偶然發現大量出售美洲原住民珠寶的綠松石供應商。這是因為綠松石是傳統美洲原住民文化的重要組成部分。
在珠寶中，綠松石非常受歡迎，尤其是作為一種個性化的單品。它經常與其他寶石搭配使用，並且幾乎總是鑲嵌在 925 純銀中。一些最受歡迎的綠松石首飾是綠松石戒指和手鐲。然而，這些寶石經常被放置在耳環、項鍊吊墜，甚至衣服和手袋中。