Birthstones have been found in all cultures over the centuries. These often reflect social aspects such as religion or customs. Modern times also show these themes as groups have updated them to reflect current tastes, thoughts, and trends.
December is a select month for many reasons – a lovely winter holiday, the last day of the year, and beautiful and varied birthstones and zodiac signs. December has two signs of the zodiac and three birthstones, which makes December an ideal month for birthstone or zodiac jewelry. Take a look at the pretty jewelry options below, and you’ll see what we mean.
December babies are fortunate! Of all the months of the year, only a few have three different birthstones. The birthstones for December are turquoise, blue zircon, and tanzanite. Since this is a cold month of winter, it’s no surprise that these three gemstones have different shades and blue tones.
Turquoise and lapis lazuli were originally the birthstones for December. Both show shades of blue that reflect winter. However, this list would evolve.
In the early 1950s, blue zircon replaced lapis lazuli due to growing customer interest. By 2002 tanzanite should also be part of the turquoise-blue zircon as the official birthstone for December. December babies are lucky because they can choose from three birthstones: tanzanite, turquoise, and zircon. Each of the December birthstones is a unique shade of blue (although cubic zirconia is available in other colors), perfect for winter December weather. December birthstones are not only beautiful but also relatively inexpensive.
Not to be confused with zirconium oxide, the synthetic gemstone. Zirconia is an exquisite, natural gemstone that comes in various colors, with blue being the most popular color for December. Blue zircon is a brilliant blue gemstone with a higher index of refraction than any other blue rock. The name zircon is derived either from the Arabic word zarkun, which means “red,” or from a combination of the ancient Persian phrase zar, which means “gold,” and the gun, which means “color.” Despite the name, zircon comes in a wide variety of colors. This beautiful gemstone is famous for its extraordinary brilliance, strong scattering, or fiery tendency to split white light into a spectrum of colors.
Tanzanite is found only in a limited geographic region of Tanzania and is a spectacular variety of blue-purple zoisite. It’s a newcomer to the gemstone scene. Despite its relatively recent discovery, tanzanite is a popular and valued gemstone. Tanzanite takes its name from Tanzania’s African state, which is also the only place on earth where it is found.
It is known that tanzanite has a color transition from blue to purple with flashes of red. It shows pleochroism, which means that the hue of the gemstone changes when you change your position. Many also believe that this gemstone strengthens the immune system and communication skills and sharpens the mind. There are different types of tanzanite with other properties.
Depending on how much copper it contains, turquoise can be sky blue, teal green, or apple green, but it is generally opaque to semi-transparent as a December birthstone. Turquoise is very light, fragile, and beautiful. Turquoise is one of the oldest jewels in the world and has been around for over 3,000 years. The name turquoise comes from the French expression Pierre torques or “Pierre turque.” The name reflects the fact that the gemstone originated in what is now Turkey. This gemstone shows a beautiful blue to green color, sometimes with a matrix of its host rock. Turquoise, the national jewel of Tibet, has long been considered a stone that guarantees strength, prosperity, and evil protection. There are many types of turquoise as well, and each has different properties.