December's Birthstones: Turquoise, Tanzanite, AND Zircon

December brings us three enchanting birthstones: turquoise, tanzanite, and zircon. Each of these gems boasts unique beauty and a rich history, making them cherished choices for jewelry lovers. Keep reading to discover what makes these stones special! 

THE ALLURE AND HISTORY

Turquoise, with its captivating sky-blue hue, has been treasured for millennia. This ancient gemstone adorned the pharaohs of Egypt and was revered by Native American tribes, who believed it brought protection and good fortune. Turquoise has also been found in the burial sites of ancient Persian kings, symbolizing its long-standing significance.

Tanzanite, a relative newcomer to the gem world, was discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, near Mount Kilimanjaro. Its striking blue-violet color quickly captured the attention of gem enthusiasts. Named after its country of origin, tanzanite is a rare gem, found only in a small area in Tanzania. Its discovery and subsequent popularity have made it a modern gemstone phenomenon.

Zircon, often overshadowed by other gems, has a history that stretches back to ancient times. It comes in a variety of colors, from clear and bright blue to warm golden hues. Zircon was once believed to bring wisdom and wealth to its wearer. In the Middle Ages, it was used as a protective amulet and thought to promote restful sleep.

Pictured: Vintage Inspired Oval Blue Tanzanite Ring

SYMBOLISM & SIGNIFICANCE

Turquoise is known as a symbol of protection, tranquility, and enduring love. Its soothing color is believed to bring peace and balance to the wearer, fostering a sense of well-being. In many cultures, turquoise is also thought to provide strength and ward off negative energy.

Tanzanite is associated with transformation and spiritual growth. Its deep blue and violet hues are said to inspire intuition and higher consciousness. As a relatively new gemstone, tanzanite has quickly become a symbol of new beginnings and unique beauty.

Zircon, with its brilliant sparkle, symbolizes prosperity, honor, and wisdom. Blue zircon, in particular, is associated with clarity of thought and enhanced focus. Zircon's versatility and range of colors make it a meaningful and flexible choice for various jewelry designs.

Pictured: Baroque Turquoise Stretch Bracelet

FAMOUS TURQUOISE, TANZANITE, AND ZIRCON IN HISTROY

One of the most famous turquoise pieces is the Mask of Tutankhamun, adorned with turquoise inlays, showcasing the gem's significance in ancient Egyptian culture (pictured in top left). The Persian Turquoise Tiara, part of the Iranian Crown Jewels, is another renowned example, highlighting turquoise's regal allure (pictured in top right).

A notable tanzanite piece is the Queen of Kilimanjaro's Tiara, which boasts a stunning 242-carat tanzanite as its centerpiece, flanked by 803 brilliant-cut diamonds and 913 green tsavorite garnets. This magnificent tiara exemplifies the gemstone's exquisite beauty and royal appeal (pictured in bottom left).

Famous zircon pieces are rarer, but the Blue Zircon in the Smithsonian Institution, weighing 16.68 carats, stands out for its exceptional clarity and vibrant color, representing the gem's historical significance and enduring appeal (pictured in bottom right).

CARING FOR YOUR DECEMBER BIRTHSTONES

Turquoise is a relatively soft gemstone, so it requires gentle care. Avoid exposure to chemicals, cosmetics, and extreme temperatures. Clean turquoise jewelry with a soft, damp cloth to maintain its natural luster.

Tanzanite, while harder than turquoise, still needs careful handling. Clean it with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners and harsh chemicals that can damage the gem.

Zircon is durable but can be brittle. Clean zircon jewelry with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. Store it separately to prevent scratches from harder gemstones.

It's also advisable to have your turquoise, tanzanite, and zircon jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected annually. Our team of skilled jewelers at Carter’s Collective is here to help ensure your treasured pieces remain in pristine condition.

Pictured: Pear Shaped Tanzanite Dangle Earrings

At Carter’s Collective, we celebrate the diverse beauty of December's birthstones! Whether you're seeking a special birthday gift, an anniversary present, or simply looking to treat yourself, explore our stunning collection of turquoise, tanzanite, and zircon jewelry online or visit us in-store today!