It’s rough being born in December. Not only do December-born humans struggle to get birthday recognition in a month already stuffed full of copious amounts of elves, dangerous open flames, rogue deer afflicted by delusions of flight, and the big guy himself—Santa, but they also get the birthstone short stick.
December is sort of the red-headed step-child of birthstone months. No one really knows what December’s birthstone is, as it seems every place you look has a different gem attributed to the month. Here’s the list of suspects for poor little holiday babies’ birthstones: blue zircon, turquoise, blue topaz, tanzanite, lapis lazuli, bloodstone, and even ruby. It’s quite a list.
While my initial inclination is to tell people born in December that clearly, they are entitled to have a full jewelry set featuring each of these stones. I figure you might be interested to learn a little bit more about at least one of them. So for this article at least, I declare blue zircon to be the unofficial-official birthstone of December.
First things first, let’s talk about the elephant in the room, blue zircon is not the same as cubic zirconia. These are two rocks that are even more different than Spam and a Wagyu steak. Zircon is actually believed to be one of the oldest minerals on earth, dating back 4.4 billion years ago, and has been valued as a gemstone since ancient times. Cubic zirconia is a man-made material created in 1976. So, yeah they pretty are different.
Zircons are special little gems as they are the closest rival to diamonds when it comes to sparkle. In science-speak they have a high refractive index and zircons can even outshine some diamonds, which makes them a great choice for an alternative engagement ring. Plus, blue zircon comes at a lower price point than diamonds. Basically, blue zircon provides a whole lot of glitz for your dollar.
These gems may come at the end of the alphabet, but they have been a the front of people’s minds for ages. Since antiquity, people have coveted zircons to create unique jewelry pieces because it comes in a variety of beautiful colors. Victorians particularly loved blue zircon and often used them in their estate pieces. One of Tiffany and Co’s famous gemologists, George Kunz, loved blue zircon so much he tried to re-name it Starlite, to market the gem’s radiance.
Lore has it that zircon has healing properties and the ability to drive away evil spirits. In the middle ages, zircon was believed to help induce a sound sleep in its wearer, which I think gives you a great excuse to have bed-time jewels. I need to buy these shiny things to help me sleep! Who couldn’t get used to draping themselves in custom zircon jewelry before snuggling down for a long winter’s nap?
No matter which December birthstone you identify with Stephanie here at Saint K can help you design a gorgeous piece of birthstone jewelry. And remember, you might just need a few rings, one with each December stone.