What Are the December Birthstones?
The enchanting month of December is special for many reasons, but did you know it’s also the only month of the year to have more than 2 birthstones associated with it? People born in this magical winter month have the delightful choice of three equally captivating birthstones: tanzanite, turquoise, and zircon, each possessing their own distinct properties and associations, and each showcasing a vibrant blue hue that exemplifies the crispness of winter and makes for striking jewellery adornments.
We explain more about why December has more than one birthstone in our Tanzanite December Birthstone Blog, but for now we’re going to focus on the captivating turquoise, a cherished gemstone across the world.
Why Is the Turquoise Birthstone So Special?
In the world of birthstones, turquoise stands out not only for its striking beauty but also for its rich history and cultural significance. With its distinct blue and green tones, turquoise has been admired for centuries and is, in fact, one of the world’s oldest gemstones. Its name is derived from the French word “turquois,” meaning “Turkish,” as the gemstone was believed to have been introduced to Europe through Turkey, yet it didn’t stay in Turkey for long and has a history that spans various civilisations, including the ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Native Americans. This breathtakingly beautiful gemstone was found to have been buried within Ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 4,000 B.C and it even adorns the burial mask of King Tut!
What makes turquoise particularly special in the realm of jewellery is its versatility and timeless elegance. From bohemian chic to classic sophistication, turquoise adapts to various styles with ease and looks just as becoming set within an antique rose gold brooch as it does within a contemporary silver bracelet.
What Is the Significance of Turquoise?
As the birthstone for December, turquoise holds a special place in the hearts of those born in the last month of the year. Associated with good fortune, success, and positive energy, turquoise jewellery makes for a meaningful and personalised gift. Its connection to December adds an extra layer of sentiment to the already cherished gemstone. It is considered to be a Throat Chakra stone, so it helps to heal all issues in that area and is said to help strengthen your immune system and soften the effects of anxiety, making it particularly popular again in today’s society. In many cultures the turquoise’s significance is just as strong, with Native Americans believing it to bring protection and good fortune and it being seen as a symbol of purity and immortality within the Persian culture.
Discover the Jewellery Warehouse’s Turquoise Treasures
Thanks to its beauty and positive associations, turquoise birthstone jewellery makes for an exceptional gift for people born in December or under the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius. Whether you are shopping for yourself or wish to treat someone special with a truly meaningful gift that they will savour, we’re sure that something special will catch your eye…