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December birthstone collections

December birthstone collections

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 BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

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 BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

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.

ZIRCON BIRTHSTONE MEANING & HISTORY

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.

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  • 14 karat yellow gold tanzanite, inlay opal and diamond ring, angle side view
    14 karat yellow gold tanzanite, inlay opal and diamond ring
    Original price $2,500.00 - Original price $2,500.00
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    Tanzanite, inlay opal and diamond 14k ring

    This 14 karat yellow gold estate ring features a vibrant oval tanzanite measuring 9 mm in length X 5.8 mm in width for an estimated weight of 1.45 ...

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  • 14 karat white gold 1ct emerald cut Tanzanite and diamond ring, side view
    14 karat white gold 1ct emerald cut Tanzanite and diamond  ring
    Original price $2,240.00 - Original price $2,240.00
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    1ct Tanzanite and diamond white gold ring

    A beautiful and contemporary statement piece, this 14 karat white gold estate ring features an emerald cut tanzanite in a diamond halo design. The ...

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  • 14k white gold Tanzanite and pave diamond pendant, angled side view
    14k white gold Tanzanite and pave diamond pendant
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    Tanzanite and pave diamond 14k white gold pendant

    This exquisite trillion cut tanzanite measures 8 mm and has an actual weight of 1.40 carats. It has very good intensity and saturation and is secur...

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  • Video of 14k white gold Tanzanite, sapphire and diamond  pendant
    14k white gold Tanzanite, sapphire and diamond pendant
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    Tanzanite, sapphire and diamond 14k white gold pendant

    A Vintage Jeweler’s and Gifts original design, a gorgeous 2.07 carat emerald cut Tanazanite is bezel set into this 14 karat white gold filigree pen...

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  • 14 karat yellow gold tanzanite slide pendant with halo diamonds, side view
    14 karat yellow gold tanzanite slide pendant with halo diamonds
    Original price $700.00 - Original price $700.00
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    Tanzanite with halo diamonds 14k gold pendant

    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...

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    Platinum art deco diamond and tanzanite earrings

    Platinum estate diamond and tanzanite ear clips. Each earring contains a single round fine periwinkle colored tanzanite that measure an average 7.5...

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  • 18 karat white gold cushion cut tanzanite and diamond halo ring, angled side view.
    18 karat white gold cushion cut tanzanite and diamond halo ring, front view.
    Original price $13,500.00 - Original price $13,500.00
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    White gold tanzanite diamond ring

    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...

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    White gold tanzanite diamond ring.

    Ladies 18 karat white gold ring that contains a single 6 mm round tanzanite flanked on each side by 14 round brilliant bead set diamonds with a mil...

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    Oval Tanzanite yellow gold ring

    An oval 2.16 carat tanzanite is set in this estate 14k yellow gold ring. To each side of the tanzanite sits a .04 carat diamond for .08 total diamo...

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