December Birthstones – Turquoise, Dark Blue Topaz & Tanzanite
December 12, 2013 : Posted in News
“If cold December gave you birth, The month of snow and ice and mirth, Place on your hand a turquoise blue,
Success will bless whate’er you do.”
Allen’s Jewelers can create custom jewelry for special occasions, and we have a wide variety of colored Gemstones. If you are in the Atlantic Beach area of Jacksonville, Florida, please drop by our store to experience the difference of Allen’s Jewelers.
Turquoise is the traditional birthstone of those born in the month of December. Many people associate a sky blue color with Turquoise, but Turquoise
gems can also be found in colors which range from blue green through various shades of green, including apple green to greenish and yellowish gray. Turquoise is a perennial favorite in the American Southwest. Due to its interesting ability to change color as it ages, turquoise gems are sometimes used to symbolize a life cycle – birth through old age.
Symbolism, Significance and Properties of Turquoise
- prosperity, success, happiness and good fortune
- open communication, protection against all diseases, regeneration, and strengthening
Little known fact: Turquoise is one of the world’s oldest know gemstones, and its transparency can range from translucent to opaque.
Dark Blue Topaz
Most topaz is usually clear, brown, yellow, orange, red, pink and very rarely found naturally in blue. To achieve a dark blue color, common topaz is carefully heat treated and irradiated. Some believe topaz can help the wearer to distance themselves so that their thought processes are uncluttered by
desire. Topaz is a very hard gemstone and not especially sensitive to most chemicals, but it can be split with a single blow, just like a diamond. As a result it should be protected from hard and focused impact.
Symbolism, Significance and Properties of Dark Blue Topaz
- stimulates creative thinking process; helps us verbalize our thoughts
Little known fact: In ancient times, topaz was worn in the belief that it had the power to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.
Tanzanite is a relatively new gem, discovered in the 1960s in Tanzania, which is currently the exclusive source for this gemstone. Generally known for its vivid blue-violet color, tanzanite gems colors range from blue to deeper purple. Tanzanite is a transparent gem. It is recommended that this lovely stone is better suited to earrings, pendants, tie pins and occasionally worn rings, or those with protective settings.
Symbolism, Significance and Properties of Tanzanite
- Because tanzanite is such a new gemstone, no significant amount of folklore or healing properties have been associated with this stone.
Little known fact: Never clean tanzanite jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner; the stone could shatter.
If you are interested in gemstone jewelry, come and visit us at our store and let an Allen’s Jewelers sales associate help answer your questions and find a piece that best fits your desire.