December Birthstone

Sterling Silver Blue Topaz Tacori Earrings

Sterling Silver Blue Topaz Tacori Earrings

Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Zircon… There are many choices for the December birthstone this month! Most people would say that the Blue Topaz is the main birthstone for December. It is said that a gift of Blue Topaz is symbolic of love and fidelity. Blue Topaz is also the anniversary gemstone for the 4th year of marriage.

One of the alternate birthstones, Turquoise, got its named because it was initially brought to Europe by way of Turkey, this stone is one of the first gems to be used in jewelry. Turquoise was considered by ancients to be a sacred stone, protective against all manners of evil and ill health. This beautiful gemstone is mined in Iran and the southwestern United States. A gift of Turquoise represents friendship and luck.

Our previous Blog about December Birthstones: The Blue Topaz… this brilliant rich blue gemstone is the official birthstone for this month. There are also a couple other gemstones that are birthstones for the month of December. The Turquoise and the Tanzanite.

Sterling Silver Blue Topaz Ring

Sterling Silver Blue Topaz Ring

Blue Topaz is the hardest of the silicate minerals.  While pure Topaz is colorless, minor changes of elements within the stone result in a variety of other colors, such as blue, pale green, red, yellow and pink.

The blue hue is created when Topaz is heated, whether the heat source is natural or engineered by man.  The three shades of Blue Topaz are Sky, Swiss and London Blue.  The latter is the deepest blue and is often used as a less expensive substitute for Sapphire.

Where are they found? – Topaz is found primarily in Brazil, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Pakistan, China, and the United States.

Did you know? – Blue topaz is the state gemstone of Texas. Naturally occurring blue topaz is quite rare. Typically, colorless, gray or pale yellow and blue material is heat treated and irradiated to produce a more desired darker blue. A gift of Blue Topaz is symbolic of love and fidelity.  Luckily, this cool blue gemstone has no legendary power to put out the burning flame of love!

Mystic topaz is colorless topaz which has been artificially coated giving it the desired rainbow effect.

Kameleon Jewelpop Rock Turquoise

Kameleon Jewelpop Rock Turquoise

About the alternate December Birthstone, the Turquoise:  The Turquoise – So named because it was initially brought to Europe by way of Turkey, this stone is one of the first gems to be used in jewelry.   Turquoise was considered by ancients to be a sacred stone, protective against all manners of evil and ill health.  This beautiful gemstone is mined in Iran and the southwestern United States.  A gift of Turquoise represents friendship and luck.

See our collection of Blue Topaz online! Click here.

[Source: About BirthstonesTopaz/Wiki]

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