December

The December birthstone is both Turquoise, Blue Topaz and Blue Zircon.Blue Zircon

The Gregorian calendar has poems matching each month with its birthstone, with this one being the one for December. These are traditionally the stones in English-speaking societies. It is not known whether this verse originally is of the Gregorian calendar or not. In fact Tiffany & Co. published these poems “of unknown author” for the first time in a pamphlet in 1870.

If cold December gave you birth
The month of snow and ice and mirth
Place on your hand a turquoise blue
Success will bless whate’er you do.

Blue Zircon – Derived from the Arabic words zar and gun, meaning gold and color, zircon is found in a wide range of colors such as: blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, colorless, and red (the most prized color). Folk wisdom grants zircon the power to relieve pain, whet the appetite, protect travelers from disease and injury, to ensure a warm welcome, and to prevent nightmares guaranteeing a deep, tranquil sleep.  The crystal form of the December birthstone that Raspberry Jelly uses is the Blue Zircon.

The Turquoise that Raspberry Jelly stocks

The Turquoise that Raspberry Jelly stocks

Turquoise – from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. It is described as the stone to represent the sky is alive on earth. It is reknown for being a stone of prosperity, success, happiness and good fortune. Turquoise, the primary December birthstone, is a semi-precious gemstone with a hardness value between 5.0 and 6.0.

Communication, protection against disease, regeneration, and strengthening is among it’s ‘properties’. Turquoise is also used to enhance creativity, serenity and spiritual bonding.

The mother rock or matrix in which turquoise is found can often be seen as splotches or a network of brown or black veins running through the stone in a netted pattern, is referred to as spider webbing. Turquoise is inherently fragile and sensitive to solvents; perfume and other cosmetics will attack the finish and may alter the colour of turquoise gems, as will skin oils. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may also discolour or dehydrate turquoise.

Blue Topaz – Its name comes either from the Sanskrit word “tapas” which means fire, the symbol of love and fidelity, or the greek word blue topaz‘topazos’ which means “green gemstone”. In its pure form, Topaz is colorless. However, skilled jewelers can turn it into just about any color with a little treatment, such as green, pink, blue and pink. This December birthstone is more durable than turquoise, but you still need to avoid sudden temperature changes and rough surfaces.