Turquoise, Tanzanite, and Blue Topaz
 Zircon, Lapis Lazuli
 December’s Birthstones

Beliefs, Mythology

Turquoise often thought to symbolize luck and success. It also is said to aide in mental and spiritual clarity.

Tanzanite is found in only one area of the world, Tanzania, near Mt. Kilimanjaro. A relatively recent discovery, they were first found and used in the 1960s by the Masai tribe.

Blue Topaz – Topaz is typically associated with love and affection, and is linked with strength and facilitates healing. It is also thought to help defend from greed.

Zircon was thought to induce sleep and drive away evil spirits.

For Lapis Lazuli, check out this guest blog post detailing its history and lore.

Color

All of the December stones have a blue hue:

Turquoise is the beautiful shade of blue that now bears the same name.

Tanzanite is a royal purple, closer to blue.

While Blue Topaz is the color for December, Topaz isn’t limited to one color. Topaz is available in a variety of colors including green, red, gold and pink.

Zircon comes in many colors, but the most popular is blue.

Lapis Lazuli is a rich blue color, used in ancient paints and rituals.

Etymology

Turquoise is derived from its first documented users, the Turks. The color derives its name from the stone.

Tanzanite is named for the only country in the world in which it naturally exists: Tanzania.

Blue Topaz – Topaz traces its origins to an ancient gem mine on an Island bearing a similar name, but is also thought to have come from the Sanskrit word for fire.

Zircon not to be confused with the more metallic zirconium, Zircon gets its name from

Lapis Lazuli literally means “Stone of Blue.”

Hardness

Turquoise 5 – 7

Tanzanite 6.5

Topaz 8 (defining mineral for this hardness – regardless of color)

Zircon 7.5

Lapis Lazuli 5 – 5.5

World Application

Turquoise has had many decorative uses over its history, including jewelry, masks, and talismans.

Tanzanite and Topaz only have jewelry applications.

Zircon is used in jewelry, and in ceramics.

Throughout history, Lapis Lazuli has had many uses, both decorative and religious.

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