December Birthstones: Zircon, Turquoise, and Tanzanite

Zircon, turquoise, and tanzanite may be part of the same cerulean color family, but you will certainly not be feeling blue with any of these December birthstones… especially when they’re set in platinum! All three exude an undeniable joy and serenity that make them some of the most adored treasures throughout the world. The soft and inviting turquoise benefits from platinum’s secure protection, while platinum’s cool luster beautifully compliments the crystalline brilliance of both tanzanite and zircon.

December Birthstones: Zircon, Turquoise, and Tanzanite - December birthstones Zircon triptych -

You won’t be easily forgotten with these dazzling zircon and diamond halo earrings from Lang Antiques! They would also be a gorgeous “something blue” for a bride. • Cayen Collection delivers with the most mesmerizing green-blue zircon and platinum ring, also in the favored halo style. • Loving the movement in these vintage platinum ear clips courtesy of Adorn; December birthstones that are sure to delight!

Zircons actually manifest in a variety of colors, but blue is by far the most popular. Some prefer a more icy tone, like that of the sky on a clear day, while others like their zircons with a touch of aqua in them—more sea than sky. Whichever way you lean, blue zircons are believed to carry the depth of both the natural wonders they invoke. Thought to help with sleep, they are said to sharpen the intuition and bestow wearers with wisdom, honor, generosity, and confidence.

December Birthstones: Zircon, Turquoise, and Tanzanite - December birthstones turquoise pendant and Greek key halo ring -

Naturalistic platinum tendrils gently cradle the most arresting egg-shaped turquoise, offered by Grace David Antiques. • This incredible contemporary platinum ring by Simon Teakle pays homage to the Art Deco era by incorporating the Greek key pattern that was very much en vogue. Coincidentally, it is a superb example of how great design (and platinum) is truly timeless.

Turquoise also shares zircon’s characteristics of profound discernment, though with an additional layer of regality. One of the oldest gemstones ever to be celebrated, the ancients (Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, Native Americans… you name it) prized turquoise as totems of nobility, power, and immortality. Rather poetically, turquoise was thought to be a medium so potent that whoever beheld the gem was at once connected to every living entity in the entire universe.

December Birthstones: Zircon, Turquoise, and Tanzanite - Georges Braque Illustration and Turquoise December birthstones brooch -

The Aegle brooch (with illustration) by Cubism pioneer Georges Braque. For the last three years of his life, Braque designed jewelry inspired by notable works throughout his artistic career; a capsule collection developed and eventually exhibited at the Palais du Louvre in 1963. Rendered in platinum, signed “Bijoux de Braque” and numbered 7/8, this extremely rare work of art is currently offered by Hecate of France.

In the Victorian era—marshaled by Queen Victoria herself—turquoise was particularly favored as gifts for they were believed to secure kind regard. They also served as amulets of protection, peace, honesty and health (turquoise is a porous stone with a loose molecular structure, meaning it absorbs oils from frequent handling which often results in pigmentation change. Should a turquoise turn dark, Victorians concluded that it was consuming negative energy that threatened to harm its wearer). Wearing a bit of turquoise meant that you were very dear to someone!

December Birthstones: Zircon, Turquoise, and Tanzanite - Tanzanite December birthstones rings -

From Fourtané: a magnificent platinum ring featuring a sky-high tanzanite sugarloaf cabochon, deemed Important for its natural clarity, purity of tint, and grand size of 32.18 carats. • A fine faceted pear-shaped tanzanite crowns this spectacular platinum ring by 66mint, complete with diamonds along the shoulders and a mesmerizing scrolling motif in the undergallery.

Tanzanites, relative newcomers to gemology, do not have as much lore as the other December birthstones. Discovered in 1967 and brought to the public eye by Tiffany & Co., Tanzanites’ exceeding rarity hinges on being mined only in their namesake country—Tanzania. Perhaps inspired by their intense violet-blue saturation, tanzanites are regarded by the Maasai people as gifts from the gods. They encourage strong spiritual communication between the Earth and heavens; deep meditation is fostered, rooted in compassion and mental illumination.

December Birthstones: Zircon, Turquoise, and Tanzanite - Marquise Tanzanite Diamond Platinum Jewelry Ring -

Everlasting platinum, a sprinkle of diamonds, and a thoroughly juicy marquise tanzanite. Dover Jewelry knows a winning combination!

Present your cherished December baby with tanzanite, zircon, or turquoise platinum jewelry (or all three!), because a quality moment of thoughtfulness will adorn every day with meaning and guarantee a lifetime of beautiful memories.


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December Birthstones: Zircon, Turquoise, and Tanzanite
J.E. Obloy is a writer, philanthropist, and lifelong admirer of fine jewelry. Originally from Guam, she now lives in California. Check out her instagram at for more inspiring jewels!