December - Blue Topaz, Tanzanite & Zircon

December - Blue Topaz, Tanzanite & Zircon

December is a month with three birthstone choices – Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise. Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which the gemstone is treasured; often heat-treated to achieve this color. Colors range from blue to purple, and tanzanite with a medium dark tone, vivid saturation, and slightly violet -hue command premium prices. Derived from the Arabic words zar and gun, meaning gold and color, zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, and red (the most prized color).  Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, as well as to ensure a warm welcome and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep. Turquoise, from the French expression “Pierre tourques” or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones.