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Stone of the Month

Birthstones have been used since at least the first century as a way to give good luck on ones birthday. Gemstones are associated with each month and each precious stone has designated qualities associated with it. These gemstones corresponded to the zodiac signs of the time.

The Modern Birthstone list is the official birthstone list from the American National Association of Jewelers, Jewelers of America. These gemstones were officially adopted in 1912. In the US, this is the accepted list. Tanzanite was added as an additional birthstone for December by the American Gem Trade Association in October 2002.

Birthstone Chart

Birth Month Modern Birthstones Traditional Birthstones 15th-20th Century Birthstones
January Garnet Garnet Garnet
February Amethyst Amethyst Amethyst, Hyacinth, Pearl
March Aquamarine Bloodstone Bloodstone, Jasper
April Diamond Diamond Diamond, Sapphire
May Emerald Emerald Emerald, Agate
June Pearl, Moonstone Alexandrite Agate, Cat's Eye, Turquoise
July Ruby Ruby Onyx, Turquoise
August Peridot Sardonyx Carnelian, Sardonyx, Topaz
September Sapphire Sapphire Chrsolite
October Opal, Tourmaline Tourmaline Beryl, Opal
November Yellow Topaz, Citrine Citrine Pearl, Topaz
December Blue Topaz, Turquoise, Tanzanite Turquoise, Zircon, Lapis Lazuli Bloodstone, Ruby
 

December Birthstone

Topaz is commonly known as a beautiful light blue stone though it does come in many colors such as yellow, white and pink. 

Blue Topaz is much less expensive than aquamarine and as such very popular. It looks beautiful in rings, bracelets, necklaces, and pendants. Topaz looks magnificent with almost any outfit.

As with all gems, protect topaz rings from scratches and sharp blows. Also avoid large temperature changes (such as leaving it be a heater vent or in a hot car). Do not clean this gemstone in a home ultrasonic cleaner. The best way to clean this beautiful gem is warm soapy water.

Topaz is found in Africa, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, and USA.

Tanzanite is a relatively new blue gemstone introduced by Tiffany's. It's unique blue color is fabulous. Tanzanite is wonderful to wear in any form but tanzanite rings and tanzanite pendants are most popular.

Tanzanite gemstones may be blue, purple or slate gray. It is a rare blue-purple zoisite. Tanzanite gem has a hardness rating of 6.5. 

Colors of this beautiful gemstone range from light violet-blue to ultramarine blue. The highest quality is blue with a hint of purple throughout. Often tanzanite jewelry will appear to have a different color (blue, purple, or brownish yellow) from alternate angles.

Tanzanite is often heat treated to improve its color and clarity. Heat treating often remove most if not all brownish-yellow in this stone. 

Tanzanite rings can easily be scratched or chipped. Clean your jewelry with warm, soapy water and a soft bristle brush. Avoid using ultrasonic cleaning for this gemstone.

This wonderful gemstone was found in Tanzania in 1967. It was named after the East African state where it was found. Tanzanite is exclusively mined in Tanzania. 

In 2002, Tanzanite was added to the official modern Birthstone list for December.

Turquoise is a vibrant light blue stone often seen in southwestern jewelry. It is reasonably priced and quite lovely.

Turquoise's color ranges from sky blue to green. It has a hardness of 6.

Turquoise is often fracture sealed. This doesen't mean that it has fractures, it means that it was sealed with an acrylic resin to enhance it's color, texture, and hardness.

Turquoise is somewhat soft so avoid scratches and sharp blows. To be certain and coatings are not removed also avoid hot water and household chemicals.

Turquoise is found in Australia, Chile, Iran, Mexico, Tibet, USA.

 

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