Lets start with the December birthstones that The National Association of Goldsmiths of Britain defined in their list in 1937. Namely Tanzanite or Turquoise.
Not happy with these for your birthstone for December? Well you don’t have to be limited to just these two as you can explore these alternative birthstones. You can find other birthstones associated with astrological signs, angels, the hour or day of your birth, and more. You just have to think creatively!
For example the Guardian Angels birthstone for December is Beryl ( emerald forms part of this group of gemstones).
Then there are the traditional December birthstones, which are Bloodstone, Ruby, Lapis Lazuli or Chrysoprase.
The modern December birthstones are Turquoise, Zircon or Tanzanite.
I think you get the picture.
Lets start with Turquoise, as this is the gemstone I predominately offer for December birthstone jewellery. Different cultures have long considered this gorgeous gemstone to be talisman for luck and protection. From burial rituals in ancient times to the deep history of turquoise in Native American cultures, there is much to discover about this gemstone.
A word of warning, not everything labelled turquoise is genuine turquoise. You may find that it is Howlite, which is a white gemstone, that can be dyed to look like turquoise. This isn’t a bad thing, as long as you know what you are buying. However turquoise howlite is more stable than turquoise, which is why I have used it in my new gemstone necklaces. BUT I do properly describe it as turquoise howlite.
I do have some Tanzanite as I think the colour is absolutely gorgeous. It is an exquisite blue-purple that you can only find it in one part of the world. Named for its limited geographic origin in Tanzania, it is a relatively recent discovery. I think it is about time I create something using the few strands that I have. You could go for a swarovski crystal called tanzanite if you wish to replace turquoise for Tanzanite.
Zircon is an inderrated gemstone as it is often confused with synthetic cubic zirconia. Probably as it has a similar name. but they are 2 very different beasts. Therefore few people realize that zircon is a spectacular natural gemstone available in a variety of colours. Although I very rarely use zircon, I do use it in my crystal pendant. It has a pearl, moonstone and zircon in the cluster.
If you would like to see my jewellery in more detail, there are videos of all the different birthstone options in Youtube. That way you can get to see each item properly before you buy.