It’s hard to believe we’ve almost reached the end of the year. With December right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about December birthday gifts. If you are looking to gift a birthstone this month, you’ll be spoiled for choice. While several months do have alternate birthstones, December seems to have the most. The December birthstones are Blue Topaz, Turquoise, and Tanzanite. There are even a few more alternates that turn up. The one thing they all have in common is the color blue. The variety of birthstones for December makes it easy to find the perfect piece for each individual.
Blue topaz is a semiprecious stone and is a member of the topaz family. It’s pale blue in color, transparent, and rarely has visible inclusions. Blue topaz is a fairly hard stone and is usually faceted, allowing light into the stone.
Turquoise in many ways is the opposite of blue topaz. It is an opaque stone ranging in color from blue to green. Turquoise also has veins of black or brown patterning its surface. Because it’s on the softer side for a stone, turquoise is most frequently cut as a cabochon or bead.
Tanzanite doesn’t have as long a history as blue topaz or turquoise, having been discovered relatively recently in Tanzania. It has the unique characteristic of appearing to change color in different light. Tanzanite is a blue or violet stone depending on the angle and the lighting.
Shop our December Birthstone collection here.