By Brecken Branstrator
December is a great month for anyone who is fond of a nice blue gemstone. The birthstones are turquoise, tanzanite and, according to a few jewelry trade organizations, zircon, which comes in a number of different colors including a stunning blue.

Turquoise can come in a variety of shades, from greenish-blue to robin’s egg and on to a sky-blue hue. The stone is, generally, plentiful and available in all shapes and sizes, making it well suited to its birthstone status--not to mention it’s believed to bring serenity, peace and inner calm to its wearer.

Tanzanite also ranges in hues from blue to purple, but it’s those with the slightly violet-blue hue and vivid saturation that are most valuable. Coming from only one place on Earth, Tanzania, the stone is rare. The beautiful gem is thought to help unite the heart and mind, providing balance in one’s life.

Zircon, meanwhile, can be found in a wide range of colors such as yellow, orange, brown, green and more, though it seems to be the stunning blues which are most popular right now. In addition to relieving pain and bringing a peaceful sleep, zircon is believed to help harmonize a person’s goals and dreams with real life.

Here are 10 jewels featuring December’s birthstones.


Wwake’s 14-karat yellow gold two-step bar earrings featuring tanzanite and opals ($350)


Stuller’s tanzanite and diamond earrings in 14-karat white gold ($513)


This is Vivaan’s carved tanzanite and diamond necklace in 18-karat yellow gold ($2,450).


This 18-karat white gold ring from Leibish & Co. features an oval tanzanite and triangle-cut diamonds. ($7,650)


Bernd Wolf’s sterling silver and turquoise Florini bracelet ($239)


Ariel Gordon’s turquoise “Triad” studs in 14-karat gold ($425)


The Galaxy Carina pendant from Arya Esha, featuring turquoise and diamonds set in recycled 18-karat yellow gold ($2,650)


Jane Taylor’s hinged cuff with turquoise cabochons set in 14-karat rose gold ($3,080)



This is Yael Design’s 18-karat white gold, blue zircon, and diamond ring ($9,218).



An 18-karat white gold, blue zircon and diamond pendant from Spark Creations ($8,633)

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