Blue Topaz is the birthstone for those born in the month of December. Many people say that it is reminiscent of a clear blue lake on a summer’s afternoon. In Sanskrit the word for topaz is “tapas”, meaning fire. Contrary to its translation, this stone has been known to ancient civilizations to have cooling properties.
For one giving the gift of topaz, it is symbolic of fidelity and love. It can be used to calm an individual’s hot temper, cure insanity, improve weakened vision, relieve asthma attacks, and bring sleep to those inflicted by insomnia. It is believed that the gemstones for each month aligns with the season, our spiritual and mental energy. Some might have been believed to emit almost religious magical or religious powers, and even the powers to aid in ailing health.
Birthstone for December - Blue Topaz
Blue Topaz jewelry shines with a beautiful winter gleam - appropriate, since the blue topaz gemstone is also the December birthstone. While topaz can come in many colors, including the famous orange Imperial topaz named after the Russian Czars of old, only the blue variety holds the birthstone claim. However, December also has an alternative birthstones.
Of all the precious stones in the world, blue topaz is the perfect fit for intellectuals. Writers, artists, and scholars give blue topaz meaning by wearing it because it is indeed made for them, promoting higher thinking and cognition. Other feelings attached to blue topaz are serenity, friendship, fidelity, integrity, and gentleness. Just looking into its calm, cool shade of sparkling blue can make you breathe a sigh of relief.
Blue topaz is the birthstone for December, which is only fitting as it evokes the chilly majesty of winter with its brilliant blue shade. However, those born during this cold winter month are said to be anything but frigid. In fact, December babies are known as patient and pleasant for the most part, which surely is no coincidence given the healing powers of the December birthstone.
The word “topaz” is believed to derive from the Sanskrit word “tapas,” which can mean fire, heat, and passion. Others believe “topaz” comes from the Greek word “topazos,” which means “to search.” In 1969, Texas named blue topaz as its official state gem after miners discovered a small deposit of natural blue topaz underground.
December birthdays have claim to three gemstones; Zircon, Tanzanite and Turquoise. Each of these gemstones carries a unique blue tone making it a perfect birthstone for Minnesota’s frigid December winters. Zircon can be found in a variety of colors, but blue is the overwhelming favorite.
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). For many years colorless zircon was used to imitate diamonds. 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. Major sources of zircon are the Chanthaburi area of Thailand, the Palin area of Cambodia, and the southern part of Vietnam.
Discovered in the late 1960s in Tanzania, and found exclusively in this tiny area of the world, tanzanite exhibits a rich violet-blue color for which the gemstone is treasured; often it is heat-treated to achieve this color. Colors range from blue to purple, and tanzanites that are medium dark in tone, vivid in saturation, and slightly violet blue command premium prices. As tanzanite can be less expensive than sapphire, it often was purchased as an alternative. However, it has increased in popularity and now is valued more for its own beauty and brilliance than as a sapphire substitute.
The name turquoise, from the French expression Pierre tourques or Turkish stone, originated in the thirteenth century and describes one of the oldest known gemstones. Turquoise varies in color from greenish blue, through robin’s egg-blue, to sky blue shades and its transparency ranges from translucent to opaque. Turquoise is plentiful and is available in a wide range of sizes. It is most often used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays. Although its popularity fluctuates in fashion, it is a perennial favorite in the American Southwest.