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Say Hello To December's Birthstones: Tanzanite, Zircon & Turquoise

Joseph DeCristoforo

December is usually a time of year when we reflect on the year that has passed and look ahead to a new one. For those who celebrate birthdays in December, it is also a month of exceptional birthstone choices with Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise to choose from. Click HERE to see our Tanzanite and Zircon gemstones or jewelry.

Tanzanite is an exotic gemstone that can only be found only in one place on Earth:
the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a relative newcomer to the gemstone world and Tanzanitewas not discovered until the mid-1960's. It is one of today’s most popular gemstones and is known for various hues of blue and violet. Rarely pure blue, Tanzanite almost always displays its signature overtones of purple. In smaller sizes, Tanzanite usually contains lighter tones and the lavender color is more common. While in larger sizes, Tanzanite typically displays a deeper, richer and beautiful blue. Tanzanite has the beauty, rarity and durability to rival any gemstone and stones over 5 carats are very desirable. Most Tanzanites come naturally from the earth with a clear / brownish color that is heat-treated to enhance its blue violet color.

Zircon is said to be the oldest gemstone on earth-- even older than diamonds! When most people hear the name Zircon, they think of blue or a bright sky blue. But this Blue Zirconversatile gemstone can be colorless, green, blue, yellow, brown, orange, dark red, and all the colors in between. The fiery, brilliance of zircon can rival any gemstone and its affordability makes it a popular gem with collectors who can collect different colors or zircon from different locations.
In the Middle Ages, Zircon was said to aid in resting, bring prosperity and promote honor and wisdom in its owner. Zircon is mined in Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, and other countries.

Turquoise is among the oldest known gemstones. It has been worn by ancient TurquoiseEgyptian Pharaohs and early Native Americans leaders. This light blue hued Turquoisegemstone has been attributed with healing powers, promoting the wearer's status and wealth, protection from evil and bringing good luck. Turquoise is an opaque, light to dark blue or blue-green gem. The finest color is an intense blue.

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