December Birthstones

What are the December Birthstones?

Those born in the month of December have three birthstones to choose from. A Primary and two Secondary stones. Each is very different in many aspects.

So what are the December birthstones?

Briefly, the December birthstones are Turquoise, the Primary birthstone, and Tanzanite and Zircon for the Secondary birthstones. But read on to discover much more about these gemstones.

Turquoise is the Primary December Birthstone

Turquoise Birthstone

The name Turquoise is a reasonably recent invention, dating back to just the 17th century. It is derived from the French word turquois which means ‘Turkey’. Turquoise was introduced into Europe through Turkey.

The wonderful range of colours that Turquoise comes in makes it a very versatile birthstone for December.

The history of Turquoise is vast. It has been used for thousands or years across the globe in numerous cultures. Cultures like Ancient Egypt, the Aztecs in South America, China, the Indus Valley, Mesopotamia and Persia. In later times it was introduced into Europe, India and Japan.

In these cultures is was used for its beauty in jewellery and other decorative objects. Also prized for its magical properties it was incorporated into everyday life in many ways.

Considered to be a gemstone with a string life connection, it is believed to bring good fortune to the wearer. If you are looking for success and wealth, and who isn’t, then Turquoise makes a great birthstone.

In addition, Turquoise fosters great creativity, inspiring you to take on new ventures that stretch your artistic endeavours.

In health, Turquoise is believed to has great healing properties. Especially for areas around the throat, helping to fight off viruses and combat allergies.

Tanzanite is a Secondary December Birthstone

Tanzanite Birthstone

The name Tanzanite is a marketing name invented by Tiffany & Co in the 1960’s. It was derived from the country Tanzania where it was discovered.

While Tanzanite is a very new gemstone to the market, it has become one of the most widely desired gemstones. The limited supply of Tanzanite, and its beauty, make it a valuable collectors gemstone and a perfect birthstone for December.

Natural Tanzanite is not generally that beautiful blue violet we are familiar with. Tha’s very rare naturally. It’s more a reddish brown, and through heat treatment the brown tone is removed, revealing the beautiful colours we know. There is some talk that this was discovered when someone noticed the beautiful colours of stones on the ground, after a bushfire. Not sure if that is true, but sounds very romantic.

Some believe that Tanzanite will help with personal growth, assisting you to reveal your true self and realise your full potential.

It is also believed to offer a calming influence that helps focus and confidence.

Physically, it helps detoxify the body and stimulate good health and well being.

Zircon is a Secondary December Birthstone

Blue Zircon

The name Zircon was most likely derived from the Persian word zargon, meaning ‘gold-hued’ referring to the golden coloured variety. This blue variety, generally produced through heating, is often called Starlite or Stremlite.

Zircon comes in a wide range of colours, but it is the blue variety that makes it an ideal birthstone for December.

Used since antiquity, Zircons were very much favoured in Victorian times. They were commonly found in estate jewellery of the times.

Zircon is also believed to bring knowledge to the wearer, and hence wealth and wisdom. It is worn as a grounding stone to bring a general overall balance to ones life, strengthening purpose and resolve to achieve goals.

It is considered beneficial for sleep disorders, helping you to calm the thoughts and develop a quite sleepy state.

READ MORE: Zircon Healing Benefits, History, Gemology, Buying Guide and more.

CREDITS: Turquoise Ring by Hallwyl Museum / Helena Bonnevier / CC BY-SA [CC BY-SA 3.0 or Public domain]

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