If you were born in December, you’re lucky! You have three birthstones to choose from: Tanzanite, Zircon, and Turquoise.
Tanzanite comes from, you guessed it – Tanzania. Originally discovered in the ’60s, this gemstone continues to only be found in that country.
Tanzanite is known for its vibrant violet-blue colour, but stones can naturally range from purple to blue. The most valuable stones are a bit darker, with a tinge of violet colouring.
Zircon comes in a wide range of colours, from yellow to brown to green to blue. Red zircons are the most sought after. For a time, colourless zircons were used as inexpensive substitutes for diamonds. Zircon is typically mined in Southeast Asia.
The third choice for December birthstones is turquoise. Turquoise, one of the oldest known gemstones, ranges in colour through different shades of blue and various transparencies. Turquoise is widely available and used in a wide variety of jewellery, including beads and carvings.