Gemstone 101: Triple Trouble in December

December is here, and with December comes three birthstones – three different options, three different stones to show off. For fans of different shades of blue, this is the month for you: tanzanite, turquoise, and blue-toned zircons reign supreme as December’s birthstones.


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  • A relatively young stone, tanzanite was discovered less than 75 years ago!
  • First discovered in 1967 in Tanzania, East Africa
  • For people who love flashy stones, tanzanite is the perfect stone: in the right light it can appear blue, purple, or a shade of violet.


  • One of the oldest gems in the world, zircon has been around for over 4 million years.
  • Once believed that wearing zircon increased wisdom, brought prosperity, and assisted in resting.
  • Zircon is found all around the globe, but very few of the zircon stones are of gem quality.


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  • Long a favorite of Egyptian pharaohs and Native Americans, turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones in the world.
  • For all its beauty, turquoise is a relatively soft stone – prone to scratching, cracking, and breaking outright.
  • Turquoise is the gemstone for 11th anniversary of marriage

Out of the three choices for December, do you have a favorite? Each of these stones brings a unique energy to the wearer. Looking for a certain stone? has a great selection, click here to explore:

Let us know in the comments – we love feedback from our readers and bidders. Until next time, good luck, and happy bidding!

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