The birthstone dates back to the bible and the breastplate of Aaron, the brother of Moses. His breastplate housed four rows of precious stones which symbolized the twelve months of the year and the twelve signs of the Zodiac. 1912 was the first time that the birthstone standard was made official. The American National Association of Jewelers created the Modern Birthstone List and it has been the accepted standard ever since.
December has some of the most beautiful birthstones of the entire year. December birthstones include Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise. Known for their icy blue colors, these stones reflect the beauty of the most treasured winter month.
Tanzanite is a violet-blue colored stone that was first discovered in Tanzaniain the 1960’s. It was added to the December birthstone list in 2002. The stone is typically associated with contentment and understanding and is a perfect gift for that special someone in your life.
Blue Topaz is a variation of the Topaz stone and gets its blue color through the process of introducing heat into the stone. The heating process can occur either naturally or artificially, and then results in one of three deep blue colors. The three color variations
determine the value of the stone. For the stone that represents love and loyalty, the darker the blue, the hotter the gem.
Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones. Its color varies from greenish-blue to sky-blue and is most often used as the medium for beautiful beadwork. The best quality turquoise comes from the gemstones ofIran. Turquoise is believed to promote good fortune, happiness, and long life.
The birthstone is a traditional that dates back to biblical tines, and is often the perfect gift for the special someone in your life. If you were lucky enough to be born during December then when it comes to birthstones, the choice is yours. Make your selection from one of the cool blue stones and then begin lifetime of collecting your own pale blue symbols of love.