December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the cold blues; Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise. All of these gems are known for their beautiful shades of blue.
From the oldest on earth Zircon to the first mined Turquoise, to the recently discovered Tanzanite. All of these gems are relatively inexpensive but their beauty rivals even precious gems.
Tanzanite is the exquisite variety of blue mineral zoisite that is only found in Tanzania and has quickly risen in popularity.Tanzanite can display different colors when viewed from different angles. Stones must be cut properly to highlight the more attractive blue and violet hues. As well as deemphasize the undesirable brown tones. Most faceted Tanzanite weighs less than five carats. Stones heavier than 50 carats are very rare.
Zircon is a very underrated gem that often confused with synthetic Cubic Zirconia. Given
its wide range of colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue and brown. Zircon from Australia dates back 3.3 billion years. Australia produces 37% of Zircon’s mining supply. Others include Thailand, Sri Lank
a, Tanzania, Cambodia, Canada, and United States. Since the middle ages, people have believed that Zircon can induce sleep and ward off evil and promote prosperity.
Turquoise has been admired since ancient times, Turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg blue. It’s one of few minerals to lend its name to anything that resembles its striking color. The U.S. is now the world’s largest turquoise supplier. Nevada, New Mexico, California and Colorado have produced turquoise, but Arizona leads in production by value, as well as quality. The stone’s popularity here makes it a staple in Native American jewelry. Turquoise is found in arid regions where
rainwater dissolves copper in the soil, forming colorful nodular deposits when it combines with aluminum and phosphorus. Copper contributes blue hues, while iron and chrome add a hint of green. From ancient Egyptians to Persians, Aztecs and Native Americans kings and warriors alike admired turquoise for thousands of years. It adorned everything from jewelry to ceremonial masks to weapons and bridles – granting power and protection, particularly against falls.