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Can you believe it, the year has come and gone quickly but before we charge forward into 2021, we’re focusing on December babies. Yes, December babies are closing out the year and winter has definitely arrived which is why they have some absolutely beautiful birthstones. Their birthstones are keeping the wintry wonderful look which is why all three represent a cool blue color reminiscent of glaciers and winter. Don’t take our word for it, let’s show you the beauty of these birthstones so you can see their glory for yourself!
Tanzanite is a truly unique gemstone found only in the area surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Although it is only found on the continent of Africa, it makes us think of the northern lights in the North Pole. The rich bluish-purple of the stone shows a rich depth that has garnered many fans. It’s even more amazing when you compare that against its birthstone sibling, blue zircon. Blue Zircon is as old as tanzanite is new, having been discovered by the Masai in 1967. Now, the stone is making up for lost time the jewelers are incorporating them into many jaw-dropping pieces. It’s an amazing feat when you consider the stone is young but not only does it represent December babies, but is also the gift one gives for the 24th anniversary. That has to mean that this stone has definitely found a wide range of appeal well outside December babies.
The most important takeaway with blue zircon is that it is a natural stone (not man-made). Therefore, it should not be confused with cubic zirconia. One amazing point is that it is the oldest mineral on earth and comes in as many colors as you can imagine. However, for December, it is all about the blue zircon. It is durable and although it has been around since time immemorial, it has not gained large traction or popularity throughout history. We think that is a shame because this stone is utterly beautiful and durable which makes it a reliable performer in anyone’s jewelry box. We don’t know about you, but the icy blue color makes our knees weak. We will definitely be adding blue zircon to our holiday wish list this year.
Tanzanite made us think of the sky whereas turquoise makes us think of a still and wintry icy pond. Yes, turquoise is as blue as zircon and almost just as old. The stone was found in the United States, China, Mexico, Egypt, and more places, but just as revered wherever anyone goes. This is because all of the ancient societies within those countries incorporated turquoise into many ceremonial pieces. Today, it has found a home in the American southwest where one can also find many of the most prized turquoise pieces. If you’re a fan of this stone, treat it with care. It ranks between a five or six on the Mohs scale; not incredibly soft, but not extremely durable either. Nevertheless, don’t be afraid of wearing turquoise jewelry as the stone is too beautiful to be locked away.
This year has been one like we’ve never witnessed before, but at least we have some beautiful birthstones to bid 2020 farewell. December’s blue birthstones showcase winter in many different forms and we can definitely say that we look forward to the winter blues if they include these gorgeous birthstones. Are you a December baby? Share your birthstone jewelry with the PriceScope community by clicking the Comments button below.
Written by Ashley Boykin