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December Birthstones

December Birthstones

Oh you lucky birthday babies. You don’t just have ONE birthstone, you have FOUR December birthstones. They include Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Tanzanite and Zircon.

We’re posting some pictures of the December birthstones but to learn about the history and choices you have for December birthstones,  visit the GIA encyclopedia, where you can learn about each. For example the Zircon comes in a variety of colors as do the blue topaz and Tanzanite. Here’s the link to the site https://www.gia.edu/ so you can learn all about your birthstone. If you aren’t a December baby, you can go to the link and search for your birth month or birthstone (if you know it) and find out everything about its history, lore and the variety the stone is available in. You’ll be surprised.

Here’s what December Birthstones look like. Oh so, beautiful

Turquoise

Turquoise is a semi-translucent to opaque gem that ranges from blue to green and often has veins of matrix (remnants of the rock in which it formed) running through it. This December birthstone has been cherished for millennia. The pharaohs and other rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with it. Chinese artisans carved it more than 3,000 years ago.

The powers of Turquoise

The turquoise birthstone was thought to possess many beneficial powers, like guaranteeing health and good fortune. From the 13th century on, it was believed to protect the wearer from falling (especially off horses), and would break into several pieces at the approach of disaster. Hindu mystics maintained that seeing a turquoise after beholding the new moon ensured fantastic wealth.

This turquoise birthstone also played an important role in the lives of Native Americans. The Apache thought turquoise could be found by following a rainbow to its end. They also believed that attaching the December birthstone to a bow or firearm made one’s aim more accurate. The Pueblo maintained that turquoise got its color from the sky, while the Hopi thought the gem was produced by lizards scurrying over the earth.

December birthstones: Tanzanite
Cushion cut tanzanite ring with diamonds

Tanzanite is a newcomer but it’s exciting

Tanzanite may be a relative newcomer to the world of colored stones, but it was one of the most exciting gem discoveries of the 20th century. Blue stones emerging from Tanzania were identified as the mineral zoisite in 1962. Not until 1967, though, did prospectors locate the primary source for this December birthstone: the Merelani Hills. It was eventually named tanzanite in honor of its country of origin. The tanzanite birthstone is often described as “velvety,” mostly because of its deep and saturated color, which ranges from a pure rich blue to violet, with the blue considered most valuable.

Tiffany & Co. believed that tanzanite had international appeal and became its main distributor. In 1968, Tiffany launched a major advertising campaign to promote it. With its vivid colors, high clarity and potential for large cut stones, tanzanite quickly became a sensation. Today, it is not only a December birthstone, but it is also the gem for the 24th wedding anniversary.

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All About Opals

All About Opals…the history and lore Types of Opals

If you were born in October, then you want to know all about Opals. After all, it’s the October birthstone and it’s said to carry magical powers for those who wear it.

Writers have compared the stone to volcanoes, galaxies, and fireworks. Admirers gave them extraordinary  poetic names like Pandora, Light of the World, and Empress. In ancient Rome, this gem symbolized love and hope. The Romans gave it a name—opalus—that was synonymous with “precious stone.”

Because the stone has the colors of other gems, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful of all. The Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. When Australia’s mines began to produce opals commercially in the 1890s, it quickly became the world’s primary source for this October birthstone.

Supernatural Powers?Perfect Opal Fire Stone

Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.

How they form.

Opal is the prodTypical Opaluct of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia’s semi-desert “outback.” The showers soaked deep into ancient underground rock, carrying dissolved silica (a compound of silicon and oxygen) downward.

Bluish OpalDuring dry periods, much of the water evaporated, leaving solid deposits of silica in the cracks and between the layers of underground sedimentary rock. The silica deposits formed opal.

For more information about the history and lore of opals, go to the Encyclopedia of Gems. 

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