December Birthstone Jewelry - Turquoise & Zircon

Blue is the color for December birthstones, and all four gemstones for the month represent a different hue of this color: turquoise and zircon. When you are shopping for a December birthstone for yourself or a loved one, you have many options to choose from.


Turquoise

History

The December birthstone turquoise is one of the most widely used stones in history, dating back to mines in Egypt from 2000 BC. Pharaohs and other ancient Egyptian rulers adorned themselves with turquoise. Other ancient cultures believed turquoise was a symbol of abundance and success. An important part of Native American culture, engraved turquoise stones served as protection for tribes, ensured a smooth transition to heaven after death, and were used by tribal healers to cure illnesses.

Color

A semi-translucent to opaque gem, turquoise ranges in color from blue to green. The most valued stones are typically sky blue.

Symbolism

The gift of a turquoise ring in European tradition means “forget me not.” Others believe turquoise symbolizes kinship, peace, and good fortune.


Featured December Birthstone Turquoise Jewelry

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Zircon

History

The second birthstone for December, zircon, is the oldest mineral on earth with samples found in Australia that date to over 4.4 billion years old. Zircon has been treasured since the Middle Ages when it was associated with promoting honor and wisdom, aiding sleep, and bringing prosperity. Zircon has long been believed by many cultures to have healing properties and the ability to help facilitate the recovery process after illness.

Color

Zircon’s natural color varies between colorless, golden yellow, brown, red, green, and blue. Blue is the most popular color of zircon, which was highly favored during the Victorian era.

Symbolism

Zircon represents trustworthiness, respect, and virtuousness.


Sky-blue Persian turquoise and old mine cut diamonds are set in this pretty 18k yellow gold ring. The band is rich in detail and compliments the color of the turquoise perfectly. The band has English hallmarks for Birmingham, 18k and the years 1899-1900.

Details.....Currently a size 6.5, this ring comes with one free sizing. The front of the ring measures 16.2mm x 5.8mm and the band measures 3mm. In Very Good Condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels, we consider it part of the charm.

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The fabulous Earring tops from this design are cast from some original Vintage pieces in our collection. We have recreated them in a Limited edition. We cast them using recycled Yellow, White, and Rose 14k Gold. Carley chooses the beautiful natural gems for each pair and finishes them by hand.

This lovely pair features Faceted Bright Blue Turquoise drops in Yellow Gold. As each pair is made to order they may vary slightly from the picture. Please allow 1 to 2 weeks for these to be made especially for you.

If you would like more details please contact us.

All of our pieces arrive in a box suitable for gifting

Materials: 14k Recycled Yellow gold, Faceted Turquoise drops.

Measurements: The drop from the ear 2.29".

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The star of this bracelet is the antique 19th century turquoise and 18k yellow gold clasp. The turquoise beads are vintage, the pearls are vintage American river pearls, and the gold beads are antique, some 18k and some 22k. The combination of textures and colors create a uniquely beautiful bracelet. Re-cycle, re-purpose, re-love.

Details.....The bracelet is 6.75" long, the clasp measures 18.4mm x 10.5mm, the Turquoise beads measure apprx. 2.8mm and the natural river pearls measure 2mm. This line of artisan jewels incorporates vintage and recycled pieces into the designs, small imperfections are part of the charm.

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Elegant Signature Packaging Included

Elegant Signature Packaging Included

Elegant Signature Packaging Included


Lovely Words From Past Customers

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15 SEP 2018, 8:42

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20 MAR 2019, 12:21

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15 SEP 2017, 14:42

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MOURNING IN THE VICTORIAN PERIOD
INSTALLMENT 1 OF THE IDENTIFLY SERIES

-Paula Bixel - Proprietor

"Wearing jewelry in remembrance of our beloved dead is a tradition that originated in the 16th century, but the fashion for mourning jewelry reached its height during the reign of Queen Victoria. Victorian mourning jewelry, particularly those pieces dating to the earlier part of this era, are of special interest to lovers of antique jewelry due to its uniquely personal nature; few other styles of jewelry allow such an intimate glimpse into the past." (read the rest of the blog post here)


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