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Mon, 05 Dec 2016

December Birthstones: Tanzanite and Turquoise

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December Birthstones: Tanzanite and Turquoise
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Pear-Shaped Tanzanite and Diamond Pendant in 18k White Gold (5 ct. center)

Pear-Shaped Tanzanite and Diamond Pendant in 18k White Gold (5 ct. center) at Blue Nile


Wow! We have reached the last month of the year! This means that this will be our last birthstone blog before 2017 arrives. However, last does not mean the least and as you will soon . . .

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Wow! We have reached the last month of the year! This means that this will be our last birthstone blog before 2017 arrives. However, last does not mean the least and as you will soon find out, December has some of the most popular birthstones. Like several other months, December has two birthstones to select from, the intense blue tanzanite and the subtle blue turquoise.


Tanzanite


Pear-Shaped Tanzanite and Diamond Pendant in 18k White Gold (5 ct. center)

Pear-Shaped Tanzanite and Diamond Pendant in 18k White Gold (5 ct. center) at Blue Nile


All roads lead to Rome and the same goes for tanzanite. Tanzanite is found in only one region of one country in the world, Tanzania. Who knew that small amount of square miles around Mount Kilimanjaro could create such beautiful stones?


Oval Shaped Tanzanite and Diamond EarRing S set in 18KT White Gold 3.30ct C02008EW1S48W-IAJLD

Oval Shaped Tanzanite and Diamond EarRing S set in 18KT White Gold 3.30ct C02008EW1S48W-IAJLD at I.D.Jewelry


As if its location wasn't rare enough, the rich blue color associated with December's birthstone is quite rare, having been discovered only in 1967. If you opt to show your birth month off, it is highly recommended that you do so in a pair of earrings or a necklace.

Tanzanite is a soft stone which does not hold up to daily wear and tear as much as other gemstones. However, its beauty far outweighs any sleight imperfections and you should definitely incorporate this stone into your wardrobe.


Turquoise


Turquoise Faceted Gemstone Geometric Ring in 18K Yellow Vermeil (22 mm)

Turquoise Faceted Gemstone Geometric Ring in 18K Yellow Vermeil (22 mm) at B2C Jewels


Long a staple of Native American jewelry, turquoise first started its life far away from the USA. Turquoise received its name from the 13th century French word pierre tourques which speaks of the “Tukish stone” introduced to Europe from Turkey.


Tacori SB11505 Island Rains Clear Quartz over Neolite Turquoise Bracelet in Sterling Silver with 18k Yellow Gold Accents

Tacori SB11505 Island Rains Clear Quartz over Neolite Turquoise Bracelet in Sterling Silver with 18k Yellow Gold Accents at Whiteflash


In reality, the Turkish stone came from ancient Persia which is present day Iran. Today, the United States is the world's largest supplier of turquoise, specifically Arizona, but other places in the southwest have their own turquoise resources. However, Arizona currently has the best turquoise for value and quality.


Round Turquoise Pendant Charm - in 18kt Yellow Gold

Round Turquoise Pendant Charm - in 18kt Yellow Gold at Ritani


Much like tanzanite, turquoise is a soft stone which works best in jewelry which will receive less wear and tear than usual jewelry.

December is a great month for many reasons, especially for these two birthstones. They're blue, they're beautiful and you won't be ignored when you walk in a room wearing either of these gemstones!

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