December: Turquoise, Tanzanite, Zircon


December birthdays are associated with three gemstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Zircon. All of which is known for their gorgeous shades of blue.


Turquoise

Turquoise is one of the oldest known gems. It adored the beautiful ceremonial dresses of the ancient Native Americans and used as a sort of necklace of Egyptian Pharaohs. This beautiful blue gemstone is believed to possess healing powers, promote the wealth and status of the wearer, bring good luck, and protect someone from evil.


Turquoise is quite soft with the hardest only measuring 6 on Mohs Hardness Scale. If you are thinking about owning a piece of turquoise jewelry, better not expose it to direct sunlight as well as solvents such perfume, makeup, and natural oils. Despite its softness, the gem remains popular for its ancient history and striking color. These days, US is the biggest supplier of the gem in the world. In terms of production, the countries that leads are Arizona, California, New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado,


Tanzanite

Tanzanite, known for its exquisite velvety blue, is a one-of-a-kind gemstone that can only be found in Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, which also from where the gem is named after. The gem can also display a variety of colors when you look into it from different angles. It is due to what we call pleochroism. To highlight the most striking blue as well as violet hues, the jeweler should cut the stone properly.


Zircon

This gemstone is known for its bright sky-blue color but is also actually available in other beautiful earth tones of brown, orange, dark red, and green. There is even colorless Zircon, also known as the Matura Diamond, which displays flashes of different colors and brilliance. Its beauty can even rival a fine diamond. But the most popular is the bright and blue Caribbean colors. The gem is believed to help in bringing prosperity and promoting wisdom and honor to its owner. When it comes to hardness, Zircon measures 7.5 on Mohs Scale.