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By Nov 12, 2018 Updated Jan 21, 2019

What Gem-types connect with December?

The Birthstones on the modern birthstone list for December is Blue Zircon as the traditional stone and Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, and Turquoise as alternate representatives. One thing you may notice immediately about these stones is their hue. They all share one common color trait that is they're all blue! Throughout time the most popular birthstones for December have been the Blue Zircon and the Blue Topaz, but Tanzanite is quickly becoming a new favorite.

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Though these stones primary hues are blue you still have options to choose some pretty exciting colors. Tanzanite and Turquoise both offer many variations leaning from greenish to violet tones and within the traditional stones, there are many color variances which would be acceptable to wear such as White Zircon and White Topaz. All of these stones are great gifts for anyone, and especially for those who have December birthdays. But, as you know our articles aren't just about the traditional birthstones, they're about the zodiac, planetary, and talismanic stones too!

Two Zodiac signs exist in December just like all the other months of the year. The first sign is Sagittarius and the second is Capricorn. These signs have many additional stones that relate to them, and the best part is this gives you more options for Gemstones to wear! Why would you want more options? Well at GemSelect we believe that variety is the spice of life!

The additional Zodiac signs and gemstones that connect to those who have December birthdays are:

Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)

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Sagittarius's Zodiac, Planetary, and Talismanic Stones

Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)

  • The Zodiac sign Capricorn has four stones associated with it: Ruby, Agate, Garnet, and Black Onyx.
  • The Planetary stone for Capricorn is Lapis Lazuli
  • The Talismanic Stone for Capricorn is Onyx.
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Capricorn Zodiac, Planetary, and Talismanic Stones

What is a Talismanic-Stone or Planetary-Stone?

  • Planetary Stones - In ancient times Gemstones were believed to be associated with different planets. Some of these planets were deemed to be ruling planets for the time in which individuals were born. A belief stemmed that wearing the stone of the 'ruling planet' at your time of birth would bring positive effects to your life!
  • Talismanic Stones - Talismans are amulets which have been cut or engraved as jewelry. Wearers of these stones are said to have protection by the magical powers the Talismans posses. These engraved Talismans are supposed to protect from evil, but they must have engravings on stones corresponding to the Zodiac sign of the barer.

Why are Zircon, Topaz, Tanzanite, & Turquoise gems for December?

These blue stones are said to help fight off the winter blues and are sure to pair excellently with winter whites. But, the legend of how they became the stones for December is an exciting story in itself. The modern birthstone list has evolved slowly over the years, and in December the stones have been chosen for many reasons.

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Blue Zircon: Blue Zircon is the original stone for those born in December. Zircon is the oldest material on earth, and its folklore as a healing stone began in the middle ages. It 'was often mentioned' in religious texts, and as the earliest known gem, its popularity started long ago. The oldest piece of Zircon found dates back to 160 million years ago! Because of Zircons blue color and extensive history, it has been the original birthstone of December!

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Turquoise: Turquoise is a significant stone not only as a birthstone but also an anniversary stone which 'is accepted' at the 11th wedding anniversary. Turquoise was sacred to many ancient cultures. The gemstone wasn't considered Decembers' birthstone until 1912 because it's a blue color that was believed to represent the month better than the former Bloodstone. This Gemstone comes in a variety of natural hues which range from blue to green and even include earthy tones which make the gem seem very natural.

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Tanzanite: Tanzanite is a newly added December birthstone as it has recently joined the group in the year 2002. Not only is it new to becoming a birthstone it is also a newly discovered gem type. This stone is also an accepted anniversary stone for the 24th wedding anniversary. Tanzanite is very young, so there isn't much folklore surrounding it. But it is sunning and anyone would be happy to wear such a beautiful gem!

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Blue Topaz: Blue Topaz is an alternate birthstone for this month and also an anniversary stone for the 4th and 19th anniversaries. The folklore of Topaz being a birthstone dates all the way back to the story of Aaron's breastplate. It is the only stone for this month that dates back to this original mythology. It is a pity it has to take a back seat to all the others.

Are different gems related to Sagittarius and Capricorn?

Yes, there are different stones related to the Zodiac Signs Sagittarius and Capricorn. Depending on the birthdates on an individual they will have these Zodiac stones which apply to their sign and their traditional December birthstones from which to choose.

  • Below is a list to show all the stones December born individuals can choose from:
  • 'December Born' Sagittarius these are your unique Gems:
    o Blue Zircon, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, Turquoise, Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire, and Turquoise. Additionally, Topaz is your planetary stone and Beryl is the Talismanic Stone which belongs to you.
  • 'December Born' Capricorn these are your unique gems:
    o Blue Zircon, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite, Turquoise, Ruby, Agate, Garnet, Lapis Lazuli, and Black Onyx.
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December's Zodiac Stone Lapis Lazuli at GemSelect

Who are some famous people that have birthdays in December?

  • December 2, 1954- Stone Phillips, TV journalist
  • December 2, 1981- Britney Spears, singer
  • December 8, 1943- Jim Morrison, singer, songwriter
  • December 12, 1915- Frank Sinatra, actor, singer, actor
  • December 14, 1503- Nostradamus, astrologer
  • December 20, 1868- Harvey Firestone, tire manufacturer
  • December 21, 1957- Ray Romano, actor, comedian, 'Everyone Loves Raymond.'
  • December 24, 1905- Howard Hughes, industrialist, aviator, producer, recluse
  • December 25, 1642- Sir Isaac Newton, scientist, mathematician
  • December 28, 1954- Denzel Washington, actor

Are there references to earth, fire, water, air - or Feng Shui?

Yes, there are many references to these elements in regards to Feng Shui for Tanzanite, Topaz, Zircon, and Turquoise. Each stone has its unique properties and usages below I will detail some specifics for each stone.

Tanzanite: This stone uses water energy through its blue hues and fire energy through its purple hues. When Tanzanite harnesses water energy, the stone produces the energy of stillness, purification, quiet and strength. The element of water brings power and rebirth, and its energy is the source and circle of life. Liquid happens to be both formless and powerful a unique property indeed. Those who are seeking the benefits of this Mineral should use it to enhance a space that you use for reflection or prayer. Water energy 'is traditionally associated' with the north of home and 'is also associated' with the career and life path areas. The flowing power of water assures balance as your life flows and progresses.

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Tanzanite's purple-blue hues are the ones that activate fire energy which is the energy of enthusiasm, light, brightness, and warmth, the strength of heat, emotion, and passion. Fire energy is also the energy action, ideas, concepts, and sex. This energy is Yang in nature and is traditionally associated with the south area of the house and with the space for fame and reputation. Use this energy to give you a boost in your perception among your community and inside your own living space!

Topaz: Topaz has a connection to Fire Energy and the energy of the sun. This energy is believed to have positive effects when channeled through Feng Shui. Fire energy brings enthusiasm, brightness, warmth, movement, and life. Fire is Yang in nature and the strength of heat, emotion, ideas, concepts, and passion. Topaz stones should go to the south area of your home or the center of your room or dwelling. Bringing the fire energy to the center of your residence will benefit your living space by providing light, cheer, and power to your entire place. You will want to be mindful of where you place your stones and what colors to use!

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Use red stones sparingly to introduce the suns power to your home this will indeed bring the fire elements energy to your living space. You can then use yellow and orange stones to accent your living space and decorate with them as an accessory to bring electricity to rooms where it is especially needed. Pink crystals can deliver feminine energy or growth and also can keep love alive. Lastly, yellow stones can be placed in the center of the home to bring cheer, light, love, and happiness to the house!

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Zircon: Zircon gemstones can promote unions between people and the placement of the stones depends on your desired results. The gem has 'been said' to aid in one's search for love. If you wish to seek the benefits of this through placement in your home as a Feng Shui item, it ought to 'be placed' in the northeast corner of your home. The stone can also aid by helping to promote successful business relationships and if this is the desired result the northwest corner of your home is appropriate for the placement of this stone. The stone promotes peace and also lends itself to repairing family issues if this is the result you desire you may want to add one to the western area of your home!

Turquoise: Turquoise is yet another lovely stone which is available in some gorgeous colors. Beliefs in this stones ability to protect and heal have existed for many years and among many cultures throughout the world. The Persians, Egyptians, and Native American people have all placed a tremendous value on this gemstone for its beauty and mystique. Turquoise itself has pure energy that is uplifting which resembles the strength of clear waters.

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Turquoise is believed to protect from negativity with a connection to the natural elements; its energy is said to be heavenly. The force it connects most is water and air. The water energy in Turquoise helps with better energy flow into one's body by strengthening the immune system and detoxifying the body itself. This stone has a synergistic effect when combined with another of our zodiac stones of the month Lapis Lazuli as they're both water and air stones needed for growth and well being. Turquoise can help those who are misguided by providing direction and guidance and should allow more joy and pleasure into your life as well.

Turquoise can also help one receive higher guidance and direction and allow them to live a life with more joy and happiness. The calming and uplifting color of turquoise can bring peace and higher energy to any relationship. For specific effects, this stone can 'be placed' in various areas of the home. For wealth, you will want to put Turquoise in your money area Southeast area of your home or office. A Feng Shui gem tree is an excellent idea for this area. For improvements to health and wellbeing, Turquoise should 'be placed' in the East area. If you're suffering relationship trouble and wish to improve the energy, try placing several polished cabochon gemstones in your bedroom this should provide tranquility and allow you and your partner to understand one another.

How is this month December connected to previous November and next month January?

The Zodiac signs don't align themselves with the traditional monthly Birthstones so individuals who are of the same Zodiac sign will share Zodiac Stones but not Birthstones. For example, someone who was born in December may be either Sagittarius or Capricorn. Those who are Sagittarius will share many stones with individuals who were November born Sagittarius. Similarly, individuals in December who are born Capricorn will share gems with Capricorn who is born into January. In this way, every month of the year is connected.

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What can people expect from December birthstones? Do they wear them for health or protection? Or could it be to get lucky?

Of the four gem types that 'are listed' in the modern birthstone list, many beliefs go along with them which have developed throughout history. We know that receiving one of these beautiful gemstones will put a smile on anyone's face but here are some of the other reasons people purchase and wear these stones.

Blue Zircon:Blue Zircon can clear your mind from stresses and bring purity back to your thoughts. This stone should 'be used' when you have lots of excess pressure or are struggling with self-consciousness. Blue zircon can also give you energy and hope to move forward. The clarity you can gain from the gem will restore your forgotten desires. The stone is said to have an ability to understand your feelings and amplify them based on how in tune you are with yourself.

Blue Zircon has been said to ward off evil spirits bringing prosperity into one's life. Because of its remarkable brilliance that is said to look like a diamond Blue Zircon can relive dark energy. Since ancient times Blue Zircon has been used to protect travelers from evil. If you ever feel trapped in negative energy Blue Zircon is said to cleanse that energy and restore you to balance.

The brilliance of Blue Zircon has been used by cultures to bring career success and deliver happiness. The light energy will shine on your future and lighten your path to success. The gemstone is also useful in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom essentially this stone 'opens up your future!'

Tanzanite: Tanzanite is believed to have great powers when it comes to healing both physically and spiritually. The stone is also said to have a connection with angelic realms, spirit guides, and ultimately the ability to lead one to a higher consciousness. The stone is believed to be very protective which lends its benefits to spiritual healing. This stones shifting color properties are said to awaken and raise your inner consciousness and allow you to see truths from an enlightened standpoint. When wearing or bearing tanzanite, you should trust your intuition as it ought to be guiding you in the right direction.

Tanzanite's physical healing properties are said to relieve headaches and migraines by merely placing a tanzanite gemstone to your forehead. Due to its spiritual calming powers tanzanite is believed to encourage cell regeneration and heal various skin conditions. This stone is said to be very helpful to those who struggle with addictions, especially alcoholism. Because Tanzanite has many soothing and mind-expanding benefits, they're seen to be extremely beneficial to the addict.

Tanzanite is also said to have a balancing effect on our emotions and the ability to bring out truth and sincerity. The stone brings joyous energy in addition to compassion and love for others. The gem should calm your anxieties and allow you to focus through the mists of worry to see clearly. When one has obsessive tendencies, this stone is believed to relive those disruptive behaviors returning one to center and restoring an even keel.

Turquoise: Turquoise is one of the oldest gemstones used in jewelry and 'is associated' with many beliefs as a result. Cultures around the world had worn amulets and created decretive jewelry to harness the power and benefits of Turquoise. Turquoise as a gemstone has healing properties which include: Smoothing communication, healing properties, an ability to vitalize energy and sense things the wearer may not see, has the power to view your past and provide information to build a better future, and the stone is gender neutral and is believed to bridge imbalances among the sexes.

Besides the benefits listed above, Turquoise is also said to bring wealth and increase one's fortune. It can also restore one's negative energy to the correct condition. The stone provides knowledge about ones want and true desire in life, therefore, allowing you to reach your real potential, and a life of your dreams. You will have the opportunity to grow your mind and your soul to the highest levels by learning about yourself and finding your real desire.

Blue Topaz: Blue Topaz is an attractive stone that will bring positivity to your life. The stones ability to do this extends itself to many facets of life; such as bringing love and wealth, assisting you in reaching your goals, improving the quality of your future and benefiting your existing relationships, it can even develop your business relationships.

Blue topaz inspires creativity and provides mental clarity, so it's an excellent stone for those who work in creative fields. Blue Topaz also enhances one's intuitions and can bring peace to those who struggle with restlessness or depression. Blue topaz is believed to aid those who don't fit in or have trouble in their social environments by improving their coping abilities making them calmer and helping them to respond to situations intuitively.

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