Those who were born in December have the amazing choice of choosing between 3 different minerals to make their birthstones. The birthstones for December are Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz and Turquoise. What these stones seem to have in common is the fact that they all share the same color but in different shades: blue. It is probably 3 of the most precious stones to sprout from the earth’s core and it is no doubt that babies born in December were meant to adorn them. As the end of the year draws to a close, these stones should grant you serenity for the year to come.
Tanzanite was only discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania and it remains an exclusive area for this stone to be found. It is said that this stone is mostly found near the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The color of a Tanzanite is usually a deep and rich velvety blue with undertones of violet, but it can also be bought in shades of purple. It has become very popular over time because of the different ways it can be cut, its variety of sizes and shapes, and because of its affordability in comparison with other birth stones.
The name ‘zircon’ was given to the stone following the Arabic words ‘zar’ (gold) and ‘gun’ (color). The most popular color for zircon is blue, but it comes in a rainbow of different colors like yellow, orange, red, and even colorless which was very popular in previous years. Zircon is generally found in areas such as Thailand, Cambodia, and southern Vietnam. It is said that zircon grants its wearers the power to relieve pain, increase appetites, and to protect travelers from injury and disease. It also ensures a warm welcome to visitors and allows for a peaceful night’s sleep without bad dreams.
While topaz can be found in a spectrum of colors, blue is the only kind associated with December. The word topaz comes from the Sanskrit word for fire, a name inspired by the brilliant intensity of the gem. Topaz is cherished by a number of cultures, including the Hindus, who consider the topaz extremely sacred. Topaz is known to represent creativity and thought to have the power to enhance one’s imaginative thinking and artistic ability. An overall sense of well-being and good health are also thought to be brought about by topaz. Additionally, topaz is thought to balance emotions and calm fears and anxieties.
Originating in the 13th century, turquoise is one of the oldest stones in the world and its name is based off of a French expression meaning ‘Turkish stone’. Its primary color is blue, but it ranges in shades and transparency – from translucent to opaque. It is very popular in the southwestern regions of the United States and is usually worn as part of the Native American’s traditional attire. It is said that the turquoise stone contains special healing powers and it promotes wealth and good fortune in the person who wears it. It is also said to fend off evil and bring good luck.