Birthstones can add personalized beauty to a broad range of jewelry pieces, from rings and bracelets to necklaces and earrings. Traditionally associated with specific months of the year, these colorful month stones carry unique attributes and lore and offer compelling aesthetic with charm that elevates the look of any fine jewelry piece. Find your stone below and learn more about the meaning and properties of each gem.
Note: We've included the rating for each birthstone according to the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness, which rates gemstones in terms of scratch-resistance. Gems are rated from 1-10, with one being the softest and 10 the hardest.
where do birthstones originate from?
While no one knows for sure, the origin of birthstones is thought to trace back to the Bible, which describes the breastplate of Aaron as having a dozen gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. That said, the idea of the birthstone has a place in many different customs, traditions and belief systems.
december birthstone: blue topaz
Available in varying shades of beautiful blue, topaz is thought to bring about peacefulness and an overall sense of calm. One alternative for December's birthstone is tanzanite.
blue topaz properties
Although it is generally blue, topaz can also be colorless. It is one of the hardest naturally occurring minerals, making it ideal for everyday wear in jewelry pieces. Topaz ranks an 8 on the Mohs Scale, making it harder than quartz but not as hard as sapphire and ruby.shop blue topaz jewelry
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