December Birthstone Jewelry Gifts
December birthstones include one of the most ancient gems ever discovered (turquoise) and one of the newest (tanzanite). Let's get to know the newbie. Discovered in 1967, tanzanite is named in honor of its country of origin, Tanzania. Tanzanite is often described as “velvety,” mostly because of its deep and saturated color, which ranges from purplish blue to a pure blue.
Turquoise, which is found among the jewelry of ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesoamerica and China, is often associated with warm weather. Yet it adds the perfect pop of color to an outfit all year. We love turquoise’s cheery bright blue hue paired with winter whites.
Zircon can be found in a range of colors, but December babies have blue zircon as their third birthstone option. Not to be confused with cubic zirconia, zircon is a natural gemstone known for its lustrous light reflection. It is mined in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Australia.
When shopping for birthstone jewelry gifts, always shop with professional jewelers -- look for jewelry stores that are Jewelers of America Members -- who can show you a range of options and explain any special properties of the birthstone jewelry.
Browse jewelry and jewelry gift ideas by other Jewelers of America designer members in our Jewelry Gallery.
All birthstone jewelry pictured is by jewelry designers who are members of Jewelers of America and uphold the highest social, environmental and ethical business practices.