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6 Things You Didn’t Know about December #3: Birthstones Zircon, Tanzanite & Turquoise

For the December-born, the gemstones of Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise are all blue in colour, making them the perfect match for the frigid months of winter. Here are the meanings and origins of the stones and why you would want to wear them.


Turquoise (Pic from Sarah
Turquoise (Pic from Sarah


Turquoise has been valued from as far back as 2000 BC when the stones were first mined in Sinai, Egypt. Turquoise is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings, in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits. Today the finest turquoise is found in Iran. The stones were first sent to Europe through Turkey, which is why its name means “Turkish” in French.


Tanzanite (Pic from Capitol Craftsman)
Tanzanite (Pic from Capitol Craftsman)


Tanzanite has become such an important gemstone that in 2002, it was added as an official December birthstone by the American Gem Trade Association. Though tanzanite is extremely popular, it was only “discovered” in 1967. The original location of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania is still the only source for tanzanite, hence the name. Tanzanite is a gemstone that has high vibration and strong metaphysical properties. It is a powerful stone to help develop inner strength as well as psychic power.


Blue Zircon. (Pc from Gem 2000)
Blue Zircon. (Pic from Gem 2000)

Blue Zircon

Due to its high refractive index and strong dispersion, Zircon has great brilliance and intensive fire.

Natural zircon is brown to orange or red. The blue is not a natural occurrence as the coveted blue zircon is achieved by heat treatment. Only some zircon has the right physical structure to turn blue when heated. Most blue zircon comes from Cambodia. Wearing zircon is said to help fight negativity, both physically and mentally. This is a powerfu stone that can help as healer and balancer of life. (Info sourced from and and motonera. Featured image from


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