The year of birthstones ends with a triple threat of beauty. December features 3 different, each stunning, birthstones. Each stone is a variation of blue hues, clarity, and complexity. December birthstones include the vibrant purple-blue tanzanite, sky-blue zircon, and robin’s egg blue turquoise.
This beautiful stone was discovered in the late 1960’s in Tanzania, thus the name. It is heat-treated to reach the vivid purple-blue color it is known for. The stone ranges in color from a purple to blue. It’s color is distinctive and unique in the world of gemstones.
Tanzanite has become one of the most popular blue stones. The larger stones tend to have more blue while the smaller stones tend to showcase lighter purple. The stones, are never pure purple or blue. Rather they are a beautiful and complex mixture of the two colors.
The Queen of Kilimanjaro
“The world’s largest faceted tanzanite”, set in a tiara adorned with diamonds and tsavorite garnets (no, not emeralds!). From a display in the Mineral Gallery in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.” Mia C
Zircon is found in a range of colors including green, red, yellow, brown, orange, and different blues. The most popular color of zircon is the different blues; ranging from a vibrant blue to sky blue. It is found in Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. During the middle ages, zircon was believed to offer healing powers to the possessor.
Derived from the Arabic words zar and gun, meaning gold and color… Wixon Jewelers
Turquoise is one of the opaque gemstones. It varies in color from light, dark, and green-blue colors. Some stones include delicate veins of black or brown creating a delicate pattern.
The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Wixon Jewelers
Turquoise has been a popular gemstone throughout history. The ancient Egyptians and Native Americans used turquoise to adorn Pharaohs and leaders. It’s popularity may be attributed to its supposed healing and protection powers in addition to its unique color.