The December Birthstone is Turquoise
The birthstone for December is brilliant blue Turquoise and the December birthstone color is blue. There are in fact three official December birthstones - Turquoise, Tanzanite and Blue Zircon, with Blue Topaz as the alternative December gemstone.
According to legends the Turquoise stone symbolizes success, happiness and prosperity.
The name Turquoise comes from ‘pierre turquoise’ which means ‘stone of Turkey’ so called when the stone was brought to Europe from Turkish bazaars.
Topaz is the main Zodiac birthstone for Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21), and for Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20) it is the Ruby.
The primary December birth flower is the Narcissus, also known as the Daffodil.
Turquoise jewelry is the gift to celebrate an 11th wedding anniversary and Tanzanite for a 24th anniversary.
December Birthstone Color: Blue
Blue is the birthstone color for December and comes from the three official December gemstones - Turquoise, Tanzanite and Blue Zircon, which all have shades of blue.
Turquoise is formed by groundwater containing copper that has seeped into the bedrock. Reactions with other minerals over time form an opaque stone of stunning shades of blues and greens. The dark lines and shapes seen in turquoise are derived from the surrounding rock and is known as matrix. Beautiful blue-green Turquoise is one of the earliest gemstones to be cast in jewelry since ancient times.
Rare violet-blue Tanzanite was recently discovered in the 1960's and the only known deposit is in northern Tanzania.
Sparkling Zircon has been used in jewelry for over 2000 years and is available in many colors, the most popular being blue Zircon.
Blue Topaz is the alternative birthstone for December and also a very popular gemstone in jewelry. Topaz occurs in variety of natural colors and its color range has been extended by chemical or heat treatments of colorless Topaz.
December birthstone jewelry set with any of the blue birthstones of December or with blue crystals or beads makes a lovely gift for a December birthday, and turquoise jewelry continues to be very popular.
DECEMBER BIRTHDAY SYMBOLS
Official birthstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite & Blue Zircon
Alternative birthstone: Blue Topaz
Birthstone color: blue
Birth flower: Narcissus (daffodil)
Zodiac star sign: Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21)
Zodiac star sign: Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 20)
11th wedding anniversary: Turquoise
24th wedding anniversary: Tanzanite