December Birthstone: Color and Meaning

by Martie Majoros
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By Tim Evanson, Smithsonian Collection via Wikimedia Commons


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The December birthstone, turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success and is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm. Turquoise rings, in particular, are thought to keep away evil spirits.

Tanzanite and zircon are also considered December birthstones.

December Birthstone Color

Unlike many other gems, turquoise is opaque rather than translucent. Its blue-green color can vary and is sometimes criss-crossed by “matrix”—a pattern of mineral lines formed by the surrounding stone. 

Birthstone Facts & Folklore

Turquoise is found most often in very dry areas where volcanic activity has occurred.

In ancient Turkey, Tibet, and Persia, turquoise stones were attached to horses’ bridles. It was thought that the stones protected the animals from the ill effects of drinking cold water when they were overheated from exertion.

Wearing turquoise will calm and balance emotions. A dream of turquoise means victory and success.



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