December's Trio of Birthstones

If you were born during the month of December you get to choose from not one, not two but three exciting and colorful stones!

Turquoise was the original stone chosen in 1912 by the National Association of Jewelers while in 1952 Zircon was added. Then in 2002 Tanzanite was also included in the December birthstone list. But no matter when or why, if you are a Sagittarius or Capricorn, there is an awesome array of stones to mix and match into gorgeous custom jewelry designs just as special and unique as the wearer.

With all the holiday hustle and bustle, you might want to stock up on traditional turquoise. Said to bring a sense of calming serenity to the wearer, lore has it that turquoise can also bring happiness, good fortune and prosperity, properties we can all use more of and wish for this time of year.

Beloved since ancient times, this stone has a timeless effect within the fashion industry.

While zircon is naturally found in a wide variety of colors, the one associated with December is the starlight blue stone. Regular naturally shaded zircon is heated in an oxygen free environment, turning the drab yellow, green or brown stones into a gorgeous sky blue. Zircons are also good jewels for the holidays since they are said to protect travelers and guarantee a deep sound sleep.

Zircon is the oldest mineral found on earth, dating back 4.4 billion years. This stone has survived a lot, from heat and pressure imposed by moving plates and erosion, you can see all this time captured within this gem.

Another gem that is often heat treated to achieve its rich violet blue color is tanzanite. In the past, tanzanite was frequently substituted for sapphire. But since being named a December birthstone alternative, they are now standing on their own as a popular gemstone valued for their beauty and brilliance.

Tanzanite is a rare gem that can only be found in one part of the world, Tanzania --in an area of about eight square miles in the Merelani Hills, near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Its price directly coordinates with its rarity of availability, which is slowing down. It is thought that within about 20 years production of tanzanite could run out.

Gifting Turquoise: A perfect gift for a December baby and is also the customary 11th wedding anniversary gift.
Turquoise Care: 
Measuring with a 6 on the Mohs scale, this stone is sensitive to direct sunlight and solvents. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are not recommended.

Gifting Zircon: A great alternative to turquoise for December babies.
Zircon Care: 
Measuring with a 7.5 on the Mohs scale, this stone is a great choice for everyday wear although is can chip easily when cut with sharp edges.

Gifting Tanzanite: Another great alternative for a December baby or even a sapphire lover.
Tanzanite Care: 
Measuring with a 6.5 - 7 on the Mohs scale, this stone is vulnerable to scratching if worn on a daily basis. It is recommended to take off if you are going to do a strenuous activity light gardening or hiking.

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