A Guide to December Birthstone - Turquoise & Tanzanite

The birthstones for December are Turquoise (Traditional) and Tanzanite (Modern). Sagittarius, Capricorn.

Do you know why there are both traditional and modern lists for birthstones?

Traditional birthstones were used before 1912, since then the National Association of Jewellers released the list of “modern birthstones”. They believed they were more suited to contemporary tastes; however, we think both are beautiful.

Turquoise
Tanzanite
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Colour

Turquoise is named after the beautiful turquoise blues of the sea, however it can also be found in ranges from light blues through to mossy greens and is often veined in appearance. The word “Turquoise” comes from the French for “Turkish stone”. Over time the colour of natural Turquoise can deepen and change, how magical! 

Tanzanite is normally found in either violet or blue tones. The bluer the gem the rarer and more expensive it is. It can also come in pinks, browns, greens and clear, but is then referred to as zoisite, and even though it is not “gem quality” it can still be beautiful. 

Source

Turquoise has been mined all across North America for hundreds of years with the best quality coming from the southwest states. Other sources of top-quality Turquoise are in Iran, Mexico, China and Egypt. 

Tanzanite is only mined in Tanzania (hence the name) and only in one place, making this gem extra special.  

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Attributes

Providing solace for the spirit and well-being for the body, Turquoise is a most efficient healer. Used as amulets since time immemorial is has long been seen as a protective stone. Some Native American tribes viewed Turquoise as the rain at the end of a rainbow, they would use it in religious ceremonies, as would the Aztecs and Mayan people of Mexico.  

Tanzanite has extremely hight vibrations, linking to the angelic realms and spirit guides. It helps to sooth the mind so that you can live consciously in the eternal now.  

Healing

Turquoise is a strengthening stone. It promotes inner calm while keeping you alert, dissolves a self-sabotage attitude and protects against outside influences and electromagnetic smog. It strengthens the meridians of the body and enhances your immune system. It is especially good when used for your emotional and mental health.

Tanzanite promotes the restoration of cells, skin and hair and can reduce anxiety replacing it with trust. If you are feeling over worked, Tanzanite can stabilise your energy and aid you in taking time for yourself to un-wind. 

Healing

Turquoise is a strengthening stone. It promotes inner calm while keeping you alert, dissolves a self-sabotage attitude and protects against outside influences and electromagnetic smog. It strengthens the meridians of the body and enhances your immune system. It is especially good when used for your emotional and mental health.

Tanzanite promotes the restoration of cells, skin and hair and can reduce anxiety replacing it with trust. If you are feeling over worked, Tanzanite can stabilise your energy and aid you in taking time for yourself to un-wind.

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Chakra

Turquoise is great for the throat chakra. Using it to help clear any blockages will aid in communication and public speaking.  

Very sensitive people should use Tanzanite with care when working on their chakras, as the high vibrations can be over stimulating. If you find you feel like you are experiencing a “mental overload” while using it, then please remove it and replace it with a protective stone, such as smoky quartz. Tanzanite can be used with the third eye and crown chakras to enhance your psychic abilities. 

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Chakra

Turquoise is great for the throat chakra. Using it to help clear any blockages will aid in communication and public speaking.  

Very sensitive people should use Tanzanite with care when working on their chakras, as the high vibrations can be over stimulating. If you find you feel like you are experiencing a “mental overload” while using it, then please remove it and replace it with a protective stone, such as smoky quartz. Tanzanite can be used with the third eye and crown chakras to enhance your psychic abilities. 

If you know someone with a birthday in December, have a look at the wonderful worlds of Turquoise and Tanzanite in our shop!

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