December’s Birthstone

While researching this stone, I was very surprised to learn that there is more than one stone associated with the month of December. Traditionally, turquoise is the December birthstone, but it appears the blue topaz and tanzanite is also applicable. While each stone is different, they all have one thing in common; the beautiful shade of memorizing blue.



Turquoise was first introduced to Europe by way of Turkey; hence its name, which means “Turkish” in French. The brilliant sky-blue color of turquoise has never lost its fascination to gem-lovers.


Energy: Receptive

Planets: Venus, Neptune

Elements: Earth

Deities: Hatho, Budda, The Great Spirit (Native American)

Metal: Gold

Healing/Magical Properties: Protection, Courage, Healing, Love, Friendship, Luck.

Chakra: Throat

Lore: It is sad that if you give a turquoise stone to a beloved friend, it will protect the wearer from negative energy and bring good luck. It also brings peace to the home. It is a very personal and meaningful stone to those who wear it.*



bltopazBlue Topaz

This stone, even though it is of a different colour, has the same properties as it’s amber counterpart. The colour of the stone is thought to be the result of heating white topaz. Often referred to as the ‘writer’s stone’, blue topaz influences the creative mind, and is said to help

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Tanzanite was discovered in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region of Northern Tanzania in 1967. Quickly becoming a favourite stone of jewelers, it’s colour ranges from sapphire blue to violet to a burgundy, depending on the crystal’s orientation. Light can also affect it’s colouring, but the stone needs to be heated in a gemological oven to bring out any colour.


Tanzanite is said to be the stone of transformation as it can transform negative energies into positive ones. It dispels lithargy and brings repressed feelings to the surface. It has the ability to break with old habits and help to integrate new habits into your life.

More information on Tanzanite:


*Information supplied by CRYSTAL, GEM, AND METAL MAGIC written by Scott Cunningham.*


About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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