Birthstones for December
December Birthstones Australia
Turquoise, Tanzanite, Topaz, Zircon — all shades of blue, December’s colour. They range from the oldest mineral on earth — the zircon — to one of the first mined and used in jewellery — the turquoise — to one of the most recently discovered — tanzanite.
And a flower
December has a lesser-known birth flower too — the narcissus, symbolizing good wishes, faithfulness and respect — and two Zodiac signs: Sagittarius — optimistic — and Capricorn — headstrong.
Turquoise is regarded as a love charm, a symbol of good fortune and success, which relaxes the mind, protects its wearer from harm, wards off evil spirits and grants power and protection. It can range from a powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg. Ancient Persia (now Iran) was the traditional source for sky blue turquoise, but the US is now the world’s largest turquoise supplier and some of the most distinctive and sought after turquoise of mixed greens and blues comes from the King Mine in Colorado. Turquoise is the predominant stone in Native American jewellery, even though it is quite sensitive to both sunlight and solvents. The ancient Egyptian tombs contain turquoise jewellery dating back to 3000 BCE and the Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s burial mask was decorated with turquoise. The ancient Persians covered palace domes with turquoise because its sky blue colour represented the heavens, and set it into daggers and horses’ bridles for protection. They called turquoise pirouzeh, meaning victory and believed it could change colour as a warning.
Tanzanite is a beautiful blue zoisite, found only in Tanzania, which became very popular very quickly when Tiffany recognized its potential to rival the more expensive sapphire, agreed to become its main distributor and introduced it with a promotional campaign in 1968. It is fragile and should be treated with care.
Zircon is an underrated but spectacular natural gem found in many colours, although blue is the most popular. The oldest mineral on earth, dating back more than 4.4 billion years, it is found in the earth’s crust. Australia leads the world in zircon mining, producing 37 per cent. It is believed that zircon can induce sleep, ward off evil and that it brings prosperity and wisdom.
Blue topaz is another of December’s birthstones, and symbolizes long life, wisdom and knowledge. The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave strength to the wearer.
The December blues
The French artist Yves Klein said “Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions” — but if that’s what you’re looking for call Karen at Diamonds by Design and see what she can find for you.