If you had to pick one December birthstone, which would it be: tanzanite, turquoise or zircon? From the blue to bluish purple of tanzanite, to the intense blue and green of turquoise, to the rainbow varieties of zircon – there’s a color for everyone. If blue is what you’re looking for, all three December birthstones have their own unique take on this favorite hue. Whatever your color, style or budget preferences may be, we can help you pick the right December birthstone for you or a loved one.
Tanzanite may be a relative newcomer to the world of colored stones, but it was one of the most exciting gem discoveries of the 20th century. Blue stones emerging from Tanzania were identified as the mineral zoisite in 1962. Not until 1967, though, did prospectors locate the primary source for this December birthstone: the Merelani Hills. It was eventually named tanzanite in honor of its country of origin. The tanzanite birthstone is often described as “velvety,” mostly because of its deep and saturated color, which ranges from a pure rich blue to violet, with the blue considered most valuable. Today, it is not only a December birthstone, but it is also the gem for the 24th wedding anniversary.
Turquoise is a semi-translucent to opaque gem that ranges from blue to green and often has veins of matrix (remnants of the rock in which it formed) running through it. This December birthstone has been cherished for millennia. The pharaohs and other rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with it. Chinese artisans carved it more than 3,000 years ago.
The turquoise birthstone was thought to possess many beneficial powers, like guaranteeing health and good fortune. From the 13th century on, it was believed to protect the wearer from falling (especially off horses), and would break into several pieces at the approach of disaster. Hindu mystics maintained that seeing a turquoise after beholding the new moon ensured fantastic wealth.
This turquoise birthstone also played an important role in the lives of Native Americans. The Apache thought turquoise could be found by following a rainbow to its end. They also believed that attaching the December birthstone to a bow or firearm made one’s aim more accurate. The Pueblo maintained that turquoise got its color from the sky, while the Hopi thought the gem was produced by lizards scurrying over the earth.
The origins of the word “zircon” have elicited colorful debate. Some scholars believe it comes from the Arabic word zarkun, meaning “cinnabar” or “vermilion.” Others think the source is the Persian word zargun, or “gold colored.” Considering the broad color palette for this December birthstone – red, orange, yellow, brown, green and blue – either derivation seems possible. Colorless zircon is known for its brilliance and flashes of multicolored light, called fire, which have resulted in centuries of confusion with diamond.
During the Middle Ages, this December birthstone was thought to lull one into a deep sleep and scare off evil spirits. In the Hindu religion, zircon alternates with hessonite garnet as one of the nine gems of the navaratna. When worn together, the nine gems protect the wearer and bring wealth, wisdom and good health.
The periwinkle color of tanzanite is beautifully represented in this 18 karat white gold bracelet. The 8.25" bracelet contains 29 oval tanzanites (...View full details
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Three oval tanzanites are set diagonally, straight down this 14 karat yellow gold contemporary styled pendant. The oval tanzanites have a total wei...View full details
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Two natural round 6.5 mm blue zircons totaling 6 carats in weight (3 carats each) are four prong set in 14 karat white gold stud earrings. They are...View full details
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A 1.13 carat round natural blue zircon is set in this four prong 14 karat white gold pendant. Chain sold separately.
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Two natural round 6 mm blue zircons totaling 2.4 total carat weight (1.2 carats each) are four prong set in 14 karat white gold stud earrings. They...View full details
14 karat yellow gold 8 X 6 mm bezel set Turquoise twisted wire rim stud earrings secured with ear post and friction backs.
14 karat yellow gold sweep earrings with faceted turquoise drops.
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This contemporary 14 karat yellow gold estate ring features a center periwinkle color marquise shaped tanzanite highlighted by an opal inlay band....View full details
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A beautiful and contemporary statement piece, this 14 karat white gold estate ring features an emerald cut tanzanite in a diamond halo design. The ...View full details
5.5 mm round AAA quality Tanzanites totaling 1.63 carats are prong set in these 14 karat white gold double gallery stud earrings. They are secured ...View full details
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The 4 mm round tanzanites in these estate stud earrings display a mixture of blue and purple for a color characterized as periwinkle. They are set ...View full details
A beautiful pear shaped tanzanite with a diamond halo consisting of 12 small round brilliant cut diamonds is set atop a bypass style wide yellow go...View full details
A pair of beautiful periwinkle blue, round tanzanites, set in 14 karat white gold four prong stud earrings. Secured with a friction back and post,...View full details
Platinum estate diamond and tanzanite ear clips. Each earring contains a single round fine periwinkle colored tanzanite that measure an average 7.5...View full details
White gold tanzanite diamond ring. The 18 karat white gold ring contains a single cushion cut periwinkle colored tanzanite that is set in a two row...View full details