December is known for marking the end of the year. To many, the coming of this month means holidays and, of course, Christmas. It is the last month of the year, and those born in the month are often considered lucky when it comes to looking at their birthstones. Most people have one single birthstone that represents them; then there are some lucky individuals with two. People with a birthday falling in the month of December, however, get to choose from three different birthstones. Some may only opt for one of these gemstones, while other people tend to buy jewelry that consists of all three stones – all three of the birthstones associated with December is unique and beautiful, making them all excellent choices. Here, we are going to take a closer look at each of these particular gemstones.
The Tanzanite Gemstone
We will start by taking a look at the Tanzanite gemstone, dubbed as the primary birthstone of December. This was the first choice that people have when they were born in the month of December. The Tanzanite gemstone originated from Tanzania, which is how it got its name. This particular gemstone is quite new to the world – it was only discovered in 1967; thus it does not have any legends or age-old beliefs associated with it. Tanzanite ranks seven out of ten on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. This makes the stone relatively durable, but only appropriate for day-to-day wearing when fitted in jewelry such as earrings or a pendant. Tanzanite deposits are only found in one particular area, which makes these stones extremely rare – and also causes them to be considered precious stones.
The Zircon Gemstone
The Tanzanite gemstone is rare and can be very expensive; thus not everyone born in December will be able to afford a piece of jewelry fitted with this particular gemstone. Fortunately, the secondary option is more affordable and not as rare – the Zircon gemstone. The Zircon gemstone is a type of nesosilicate mineral, making them widely available. The gemstone has been dated back billions of years, and there are deposits of these gemstones found in Tanzania, the United States, Canada, Australia, Cambodia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Zircon gemstones possess a deep blue color traditionally, but they are also available in other color varieties. It should be noted, however, that only the blue variety of this gemstone is considered to be a secondary birthstone of December. Zircon gemstones are often associated with prosperity and wisdom.
The Turquoise Gemstone
For those individuals who are not fond of the Zircon diamond, but also unable to afford the rare Tanzanite gemstone, a third option is available. The Turquoise gemstone is considered the tertiary birthstone of December. This gemstone is very popular and dates back to ancient Egyptian times. Traces of these diamonds have also been dated back to Native Americans. It was once thought that a wearer of the Turquoise gemstone was blessed with protection, wealth, good luck and good health. These gemstones possess traces of copper and aluminum, which causes their color. They can be found in color varieties that range from a soft greenish blue hue to a darker green/blue color.
December has been awarded three different gemstones – the Tanzanite, Zircon and Turquoise gemstones all represent people born in this particular month. For many people, the large number of birthstones associated with their birth month is a blessing, but for others, it can be very difficult to decide which gemstone they would like to opt for when buying jewelry. We offered an overview of all three in this post; thus making the choice to decide between these three much easier.