December has 2 birthstones: turquoise and blue zircon, and blue topaz is a recent addition.
Turquoise is a relatively soft gemstone, and can be easily scratched and broken. This porous opaque stone is easily discolored by oil and pigments, and changes color when it loses some of its water content. A sky blue shade in turquoise is due to the presence of copper, while iron gives it a greener tone. Ochre and brown-black veins in the stone occur during the formation of turquoise, caused by inclusions from nearby rock fragments or from oxide staining. The most valued variety of turquoise is an intense sky blue color, like the color of a robin’s egg.
Turquoise Aqua Jewelry Pendant
Turquoise Handmade Christmas Gift Card
Big Turquoise Teardop Wire Wrapped Necklace
This stone can be found in Armenia, Kazakhstan, China, Australia, Tibet, China, Mexico, Brazil, and Egypt. In Iran, where some of the best stones are found, turquoise is the national gem. The American southwest-Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and California-are primary producers of turquoise.
Healing characteristics: Turquoise gives insight and aids travel (a strong characteristic of most Sagittarians is a love of travel). Turquoise will help you to find purpose and capture the passion and vision to see it through.
The alternate birthstone for December is the zircon.
Zircon, in its unchanged natural form appears colorless to pale yellow, or green.A new blue color for zircon, called “starlight blue,” was created by heating golden brown or yellow zircon in the 1920s.
Blue Zircon Ring
Major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin
area of Cambodia and the southern part of Vietnam near the Cambodian
border, where gemstones are found in alluvial deposits. Bangkok is
well-known as a major center for processing zircons, where everything
from heat treatment, cutting and marketing is carried out. Another
important source is Sri Lanka, well known for a colorless variety of
zircon called the ‘Matura diamond’. The gemstones are also found in
Burma, France, Norway, Australia and Canada.
Healing characteristics: Zircon was regarded as the amulet for travelers in the Eleventh century,
protecting them from disease, injury, and insomnia, as well as assuring
a cordial welcome wherever their travels would take them. The stone was believed to possess healing powers. It was
prescribed to insomniacs to induce sleep, used as an antidote against
poison, and as an aid to digestion.
This post was written by Linda B for the PFT Team.