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The December Birthstone is Turquoise

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 1:47 pm by Pamela

The turquoise gemstone is one that most people have not only heard of, but have seen several times. As a very popular and relatively affordable birthstone

Designated Birthstone for December

Each month has its own designated gemstone, and for December the birthstone is turquoise. This allows jewelry fans to end the year off right by selecting a unique piece of turquoise jewelry for themselves or for loved ones.  If someone you know has a birthday this month, you can't go wrong with custom turquoise jewelry.

Rich Native American History

One thing many people may know is that the turquoise gemstone has a rich Native American history. To be more specific, it has roots with the Navajo in the Southwest United States. However, it’s considered more than simply an attractive gemstone to wear. The Navajo use the turquoise gemstone in their culture by using it in rituals, ceremonies and daily life. 

Turquoise Gemstone Myths and Folklore   

The use of this unique gemstone has been around for thousands of years. Not only did it yield attractive turquoise jewelry, but people used it as a way to bring good health, good fortune and protection from evil. You read that right - for many years it’s been believed that the turquoise gemstone will ward off evil, whether you believe in spirits or simply bad vibes. We’re not saying that it will prevent your boss from visiting your desk with more work for you to do, but it certainly won’t hurt!

Turquoise’s Unique Design Helps It Stand Out

When you ask most people the color of turquoise jewelry, you probably receive the most obvious answer - well, it’s turquoise, of course! While that’s true, most pieces of the December birthstone include a gray and gold spiderweb-like design that helps each piece stand out. There are so many different variations of turquoise jewelry, in fact, perhaps we should start calling them the snowflakes of the gemstone world. Look at a collection of turquoise jewelry and you’ll see that the designs will often greatly differ.

Everyone Loves Getting Custom Jewelry for Christmas

December is the traditional month of the year known for family, friends and gifts. There are many special people in your lives that wear jewelry and if they don’t already have a turquoise gemstone piece or two in their collection, Christmas is the perfect time to give them something special. If they already have a few pieces of turquoise jewelry, they certainly won’t mind a customized design.

Gemstone for the 11th Wedding Anniversary

As most people are aware, a different stone is selected every year to help a married couple celebrate their anniversary. Once they’ve reached the 11th year milestone, the chosen gemstone is none other than the turquoise gemstone. So, if you see a married couple walking around wearing turquoise jewelry, this could signify a long-lasting relationship. And on the flip side of the aisle, so to speak, it gives the married couple a great conversation starter.

Turquoise Doesn’t Get Its Name from Its Color 

Here’s something a lot of people don’t seem to realize - although turquoise is a color, this is not where the gemstone gets its name. Rather, the color adopted its moniker from the stone itself. So, where did its name originally come from? The word “turquoise” derives from an Old French word often given to Turkish traders who had first brought the gemstone to Europe. 

Turquoise Fits All Budget Levels

Another great thing about turquoise is that despite its status as being a semi-rare gemstone, it is so extremely versatile that turquoise jewelry can be developed to fit any budget. These include stones with a spiderweb-like design and those that have been cut to be pure turquoise in color. They can also be fashioned to fit into the small space of a ring or even as a large ornament on a belt buckle.  
 
If you’re searching for a beautiful piece of turquoise jewelry, let us help you find or create the perfect piece. Our team has years of experience as custom jewelers and make all our jewelry in our Palm Harbor, FL jewelry studio. You can learn more about turquoise and other gemstones with our gemstone guide or can go to our jewelry care to make sure it is always looking good.   
 
Shop our current collection of turquoise jewelry on our website. Or reach out to us and we’ll help you select the perfect piece of jewelry for a loved one in your life. 



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