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Guide to Birthstones: December – Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise

DECEMBER’S BIRTHSTONES: TANZANITE, ZIRCON, AND TURQUOISE

December has three birthstones to choose from; Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise. 

COLORS, PROPERTIES, & FEATURES

> Tanzanite: Tanzanites come in beautiful shades of blue and violet. These gemstones can only be found in Tanzania and measure 6 – 7 on the Mohs scale. 

> Zircon: This natural gemstone can be found in a variety of colors, but December’s birthstone is known for the blue Zircon. The Zircon is a durable gemstone, measuring 7.5 on the Mohs scale. 

> Turquoise: This stone is known for its range of blue hues, from robin’s egg blue to powder blue. It is a softer stone, measuring 6 on the Mohs scale. Turquoise is recognized by its unique inclusion of specks or veining of iron minerals like limonite and pyrite.

STONES’ REPRESENTATION & MEANING

> Tanzanite: Tanzanites are known to be a transformative stone, allowing the wearer to move from negative energies to more positive energies. It is also believed to offer a sense of calm during otherwise stressful situations, and promote confidence in one’s intuition.

> Zircon: Since the middle ages, many people have believed that Zircon can ward off evil, promote prosperity, and induce deep sleep. It has been known to have special physical and emotional healing powers. It is also said to promote honor and wisdom for its wearer. 

> Turquoise: The name Turquoise dates back to 17th century France, where the stone was first introduced to Europe from Turkey as “turquois.”  Turquoise is believed to have several representations for the wearer, including sophistication, friendship, love, loyalty, and wisdom. It is also known to promote patience, creativity, emotional balance, tranquility, and emotional grounding.

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