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Blog posts of '2013' 'December'

December's Birthstones - Turquoise or heart and mind in balance

Happy birthday to you, December child. Your birthday flower belongs to the 'modest' narcissus genus, member of the amaryllis family, which has a poisonous bulb and meant 'you are the only one' in Victorian times. So, expect large daffodils, fragrant jonquils & paperwhites on your special day.

Your Birthstones belong to the opposite side of the color spectrum. Tanzanite thanks its name to Tanzania (East Africa) and this particular variety of Zoisite ranges in tones going from blue to purple but is most valued in a rich violet-blue hue, which it becomes thru heat treatment.

Tanzanite is supposed to unite heart and mind.

Turquoise, one of the oldest know gemstones, goes from green-blue to sky blue & white tones and from semi-translucent to opaque. The Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona is famous for its gorgeous sky blue turquoise. The mineral contains copper and aluminum and is quite fragile due to its porosity, so treat it gently. The high grade mineral is very valuable and that is why there are lots of stabilized & dyed varieties on the market.

It is a favorite in American Southwest designs and known to be a healing and balancing gem, thus a protection stone and believed to strengthen communication ... all you need for success.

A very happy birthday to you !

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.