December's Birthstones: Every Shade of Blue
No other gemstones fit the aesthetic of their signature month more perfectly than the beautiful blue birthstones of December: turquoise, zircon, and tanzanite. With so many shades to choose from thanks to these versatile gemstones, the options are limitless when it comes to finding jewelry to celebrate those born in December. To find out more about these three beautiful birthstones, keep reading!
Believed to bring health and good fortune to the wearer, turquoise has been a symbolic gemstone since ancient times. It was believed to break apart when disaster was near, as well as protect the wearer from falling--especially when riding horses. Due to its unique and vibrant coloring, turquoise has been and still is an immensely popular gemstone in various cultures around the world. Though it only scores a 6 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness and can be sensitive to direct sunlight and chemical solvents, the softness of this gemstone makes it the perfect medium for carving.
Zircon, the oldest mineral on Earth, is thought to bring its wearer prosperity, honour, and wisdom, as well as a tool to ward off evil spirits. The gemstone actually occurs most commonly as a brownish red that is then heat treated until it turns clear, gold or the token December blue. The color variations actually stem from impurities, such as uranium, which can be slightly radioactive, but are stabilized with the heat treatment process. The colorless versions of zircon, known as Matura Diamonds, possess an inner flame that reflects the fire of natural diamonds. But though they may look similar, they are only a 7.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, so a zircon stone could possibly chip, unlike than a diamond.
Only found in one area of the world, tanzanite is named after its origin place, Tanzania. The vibrant gemstone is believed to hold calming and soothing properties that can strengthen a person's immune system, detoxify their blood and improve their overall vitality. Depending on the cut of the stone, tanzanite can reflect beautiful hues ranging from soft blue to deep marine, with undertones of brilliant purple. It can also reflect shades of brown, but with heat treatments, this undesirable coloring usually disappears. With a Mohs Hardness Scale of a 6.5 to 7, the gemstone is slightly softer than sapphire, so it is more suited for earrings and necklaces, as opposed to jewelry like rings that receive more daily wear and tear.
If you are looking for a gift for a loved one who is born in December, then come visit our showroom! We want to help you find the perfect present that reflects their personality and style. To view some of our featured pieces of December birthstone jewelry, check out the photos below!