December's Birthstones: Turquoise and Tanzanite


December's Birthstones: Turquoise and Tanzanite

December’s birthstones, both variations on blue, explore both ends of the blue spectrum. Turquoise, the greenish-blue color of warm Mediterranean waters, reminds you of warmer days—even while snow swirls around your door--while tanzanite’s purple-infused blue provides a regal touch to your holiday wardrobe.

Turquoise: A Beachy Vibe in Mid-Winter

After winter’s chill sets in, sometimes your mind starts wandering off to white beaches and miles and miles of aquamarine sea. Turquoise jewelry adds a pop of beachy color to your winter outfit to brighten even the darkest winter day.

Just like this bracelet. Set in a glowing 14-karat gold-plated band, raw turquoise stones encircle your wrist in this stunning turquoise cuff bracelet. Not only does it lend a ray of sunshine to a gloomy winter day but it’s also the perfect accessory to your beachwear come summer.

Turquoise Bracelet by Dani Barbe

Although the stone’s name comes from sunny Turkey, turquoise has a history that goes back well before the Turks even left their north-central Asian homeland for sunnier shore. The stone was a favorite of both ancient Egyptian and Chinese nobility over 3,000 years in the past. Later, Native Americans used the stone for both decorative and ceremonial purposes. In fact, many of America’s First People believed that a bow adorned with turquoise gave a hunter an edge at hitting their target.

These turquoise-studded hoop earrings put the spotlight on you, giving you a better chance to hit your own goals and targets. Whether you’re dressing to impress at work or play, these handcrafted earrings will set you apart from the crowd with their raw beauty.

Turquoise Jewelry by Dani Barbe

Many people believe turquoise has the power to instill inner calm, soothing away panic and igniting both platonic and romantic love. We can’t guarantee those results but what we can guarantee is that you’ll fall in love with these petite stud earrings.

Delicate and subtle, these studs have a cheery aqua color. Set into 14-karat gold-plated settings designed to showcase the stones themselves, these handcrafted earrings will turn heads with their unique shape and amazing color.

Turquoise Birthstone Earrings by Dani Barbe

Turquoise’s legendary powers, according to some, include healing for both soul and body, especially when it comes to the eyes. Some even credit it for helping them absorb good-for-you vitamins and minerals.

We can’t vouch for those powers, but we do think that our turquoise stone ring is easy on the eyes. Sourced from nature itself, these raw gemstones set in 14-karat gold-plated metal create a one-of-a- kind ring you’ll treasure forever. And that’s definitely medicine for your soul.

Turquoise Stone Ring by Dani Barbe

Tanzanite: Out of Africa

It was the late Sixties when tanzanite first appeared on the horizon. As legend has it, during the Summer of Love on this side of the Atlantic, a Masai man out for his morning stroll caught a glimpse of pure blue and purple sparkle peeping out of the ground. He told his treasure-hunting friend, and a year later, tanzanite became a thing—even at stuffy Tiffany’s, whose newly awakened customers needed authentic African gems to go with their dashikis.

Cut to today. Though dashikis have gone the way of leather peace-symbol necklaces, tanzanite lives on in its raw beauty. For these raw tanzanite studs, we’ve plucked stones straight out of the earth, polished them up just a bit, and set them in their nature-sourced form into these gorgeous handcrafted earrings.

Tanzanite Raw Birthstone Earrings by Dani Barbe

Whether or not your birthday comes in December, this purple ombre ring will be your go-to accessory to complete your winter wardrobe. Done in varying shades of purple, this ring features tanzanite, along with raw amethyst, spinel, and purply-pink sapphire in a hand-hammered 14-karat gold-plated band.

Tanzanite Rings by Dani Barbe

Its rich tones, ranging from pale to dusky, will be the perfect complement for winter’s deep jewel tones and soft velvets. If you are lucky enough to be a December birthday girl, this tanzanite ring needs to go to the top of your wish list.

If you’re not a December baby, no worries. Let Santa drop one of these December birthstone jewels into your stocking!

Or, if you can’t wait, forget Santa. Skip a few peppermint lattes and order your favorite from the December Birthstone Collection today.

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