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December Birthstones: Their History and Meaning


Although this time of year is strongly associated with holiday hues of red and green, there are many different colors to choose from when it comes to selecting birthstone jewelry for the December birthday in your life! From the light, bright blues of turquoise, the rich hues of blue topaz, and the many shades of zircon, you’re sure to find the perfect gift.

We offer many fine jewelry styles featuring a blue topaz birthstone that would make the perfect gift for any December baby. Additionally, beautiful turquoise and zircon stones can be found featured in our collection of one-of-a-kind vintage rings. Discover the fascinating background behind December’s brilliant birthstones:

Blue Topaz: Love, Peace and Clarity

Topaz has been sought after for centuries, and many believe it got its name from the Island of Topazios in the Red Sea when it was discovered by ancient romans. Topaz becomes blue when it is heated, either naturally or artificially, and can vary in intensity. Throughout history, this beautiful blue stone was thought to have healing properties that brought peace and clarity and that could even dispel magic spells, sickness, and anger.

In more modern history, blue topaz has been a favorite among the European aristocracy. Cate Middleton regularly wears a pair of blue topaz and diamond earrings for social occasions, and celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Lopez have all worn blue topaz on the red carpet. London Blue Topaz is one of the richest and beautifully unique shades of blue, and this is the shade of blue topaz Brilliant Earth uses for its fine jewelry.

Caring for Blue Topaz

Like all crystals, topaz can be brittle and should be treated with care. However, it still ranks 8 on the Mohs scale of hardness which is right behind sapphires. When cleaning topaz, avoid ultrasonic or steam cleaning. Instead, use hand-warm water and a bit of soap, and wash your topaz very gently with a cloth or a soft toothbrush, patting it dry afterwards.

Turquoise: Ancient Amulet and Victorian Favorite

Ranging in color from bright robin’s egg to pastel blue and bluish green, turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones. This December birthstone has been prized for thousands of years by cultures ranging from the Aztecs to the ancient Egyptians (who used it to decorate King Tut’s tomb) to the Persian empire. From ancient times to today, people have ascribed special powers to turquoise. Native American tribes of the Southwest wore turquoise as an amulet believed to offer protection, while in ancient Persia (and modern day Iran) some believe wearing turquoise can ward off evil. Over the centuries, turquoise has acquired a reputation for protecting people from misfortune. Consider a one of a kind vintage turquoise ring to celebrate the December birthday in your life!

Although the gem itself is ancient, the name is relatively new:  dating from thirteenth century France, the word “turquoise” meaning “stone from Turkey”, originated when the gems were brought from Turkey to Western Europe. Turquoise cabochons are often found in antique jewelry from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and Queen Victoria gave her bridesmaids turquoise embellished brooches as gifts.

Caring for Turquoise

As gemstones go, turquoise is a bit fragile, so we recommend taking special care when wearing turquoise fine jewelry. High heat can damage its surface or cause discoloration, and exposure to some chemicals, cosmetics and even skin oils can change its color. Clean turquoise with warm soapy water, but avoid steam or ultrasonic cleaners. Our jewelry specialists would be happy to answer any questions on how to properly care for your turquoise jewelry pieces!

Zircon: Beauty from the Earth’s Earliest Days

Zircon is another gem featured in dazzling December birthstone jewelry. Although Zircon isn’t as well-known as some other gems, this stone is a celebrity among geologists. The oldest rock ever discovered was a zircon found in Australia dating 4.4 billion years, nearly as old as the planet itself (the oldest diamonds are 3.3 billion years old). If you’re shopping for someone born in December, a piece of zircon jewelry would make for a timeless treasure!

Zircon can be found in a rainbow of colors, including blue, brown, green, orange, yellow, red and even clear. Clear zircon is one of the most brilliant non-diamond gems, and was often used as a diamond alternative in the nineteenth century. According to the American Gemological Society, folk wisdom says that zircon has the power to relieve pain, protect travelers and prevent nightmares.

Caring for Zircon

Zircon is fairly durable, but it’s not as strong as sapphires and diamonds so you should avoid wearing or storing it in harsh conditions. If a zircon has been heat-treated to produce a certain color (many blue zircon stones have been), prolonged exposure to light could lead to the gem changing back to its original hue. Clean zircon with warm water and gentle soap, but don’t use steam or ultrasonic cleaners with this gem.

Final Thoughts

If you’re a December baby, what do you think of your birthstones—do you have a favorite?  Do you own any birthstone jewelry?  Let us know your thoughts on  Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or in the comments section!

 Sources: Gemological Institute of America, American Gemological Society

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Comments (32)

Luz Salido -Gray Says:
December 20th, 2019 at 1:05 am

I have a collection of Sleeping Beauty turquoise… Absolutely exquisite!!!

Joanne Norman Says:
June 1st, 2019 at 9:26 am

My birthday is in December these are beautiful can they be layaway

Melissa Bien-Aime Says:
May 10th, 2019 at 7:08 pm

Beautiful content.

Lisa Carriere Says:
April 26th, 2019 at 10:17 pm

I love rings, I’ve had numerous stones, my favorite is the heart ring. I sometime say I wish I had more fingers to wear them all.

JOYCE Hampton Says:
April 18th, 2019 at 11:08 am

I do have a December Baby , they are all so BEAUTIFUL.

Rhonda Muhammad Says:
April 9th, 2019 at 3:02 pm

The examples that were shown above are beautiful. I really like The Bates ring.

Michael A Says:
March 30th, 2019 at 8:55 pm

What is December 5th birth stone

Sonia Corcino Says:
March 27th, 2019 at 8:29 pm


Kendra A Parlin Says:
March 27th, 2019 at 12:57 pm

My birth stone is April

Joan Dooley Says:
March 26th, 2019 at 6:03 am

I’ve always loved turquoise jewellery. Something about that vibrant blue has always caught my eye. I even wear some of my clothes in this color. Love it.

Sheena Church Says:
March 22nd, 2019 at 8:16 pm

What is the November, April, August, and September birthstone for boys?

Donna Cox Says:
March 11th, 2019 at 10:13 am

Where is my birthstone. RUBY

renee Says:
March 10th, 2019 at 9:20 pm

my birthday is feb 15th i want to about my stone

Sheran Greene Says:
January 7th, 2019 at 4:48 am

It’s a very beautiful month

phillipl.kimbro kimbro Says:
December 13th, 2018 at 9:44 pm


richard Says:
December 13th, 2018 at 12:38 am


Upinder Anand Says:
November 14th, 2017 at 1:55 pm

I am 5th December born. Please suggest me the stone.

Cam the Man Says:
October 1st, 2017 at 1:48 am

i want to get some information

Christl Miarka Says:
September 9th, 2017 at 7:20 am

I always thought Blue Topaz is Dec. birthstone.

Mary Nuahn Says:
August 1st, 2017 at 5:14 am

Elegant and electrifying can’t afford love looking at it all

Deborah Goodson Says:
July 5th, 2017 at 7:40 am

Simply beautiful
I’d be honoured and proud to wear a hat of your gorgeous jewelry.

Christine Roberts Says:
June 6th, 2017 at 7:11 am

I love the pictures of your stones, I am a December baby and have rings etc. with all these types of stones, enjoyed looking and reading about each of these types of stones.

Susan Says:
March 15th, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Beautiful love the rings and settings so pretty but not over the top danty. At least not all of them a nice mix …. like the mx of diamonds & stones also .

Erika Says:
February 28th, 2017 at 5:42 pm

beautiful stones

Erika Says:
February 28th, 2017 at 5:42 pm

wow have fun reading and deciding

Veronica Herrera Says:
February 16th, 2017 at 9:55 am

Me encantan están hermosos.

Natash Says:
February 14th, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Cool swag

Mark Spears Says:
February 7th, 2017 at 8:02 pm

My birthday is December 23, my biggest regret selling my birthstone class ring which was a blue Zircon. I wish I had kept it four to have shown my children.

Carlton T McGhee Says:
January 29th, 2017 at 9:01 pm

Hope I Win one if none

adele barnett Says:
October 10th, 2014 at 6:18 am

My Dad bought me a beautiful turquoise ring for my 7th birthday in 1947. That spring while playing in a sand pile behind my house, I lost it. I recently visited the old neighborhood on Locust Avenue in Burlington and that old sand pile was still there. It wasn’t much of a sand pile after all these years. I wanted to get a metal detector and see if it was still there. I never forgot that ring. December babies are special and turquoise stones are perfect for this month.

B. Earth Says:
January 21st, 2014 at 10:48 am

Hi Wr, the December birthstones for boys are the same as the December birthstones for girls.

wr Says:
January 18th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

What is the December birthstone of Boys

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