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Turquoise and Topaz: Discover The Magic Of These December Birthstones

by Liz Beth |

When it comes to December birthstones, the choice between Turquoise and Sky Blue Topaz often comes down to the one you’re drawn to the most. Both are gorgeous and captivating, and each comes with its own set of abundant healing properties.

December birthstone jewelry is a popular way to display and utilize December birthstone meaning, as Turquoise and Sky Blue Topaz have a unique personal significance for those who were born in this month. These gemstones are also considered to be zodiac birthstones for Sagittarius (those born between November 22nd and December 21st).

Let’s discover the properties of Turquoise and Sky Blue Topaz that make these stones such useful amulets of power for those born in December.

Physical Properties of Turquoise

Turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones. It has one of the longest records of being prized and used as a healing stone by cultures all over the world. It is associated with strength, tranquility, and protection, and it is a traditional gift for the 6th wedding anniversary.  One of my favorite pieces you'll find me making for others which consists of a beautiful vertical pendant make of solid turquoise is my Turquoise Vertical Bar Necklace.

Turquoise Color

Turquoise is composed of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. It is opaque and often has cream, brown, or black veins running through it.

Much of Turquoise meaning is attributed to its color, which ranges from greenish-blue to yellowish-green. In fact, the color turquoise, which is greenish-blue, was named after this stone in the English language.

Origins of Turquoise

The name "Turquoise" comes from the French words "pierre turquoise," which means "Turkish stone." It was given to this stone because merchants sold it at bazaars in Turkey as it was brought from mines in central Asia through trade routes to Europe.  

Turquoise stones are currently mined in Iran, Northern Africa, Australia, Siberia, Europe, and the United States.  One of my specialties is creating pendants made from rough, or un-polished, pieces of stone because they are essentially as close as you can get to a natural piece.   I take some of them and actually dip them in 24k gold to create a very raw, but luxurious look as with this gold dipped raw Turquoise necklace.

Turquoise Meaning: Understanding Its December Birthstone Meaning

Now, let’s dive into the history and healing properties of Turquoise in order to better understand Turquoise meaning and the December birthstone meaning attached to it.

Historical & Traditional Turquoise Meaning

The history and folk lore of Turquoise are quite extensive since it was one of the first stones to be mined and treasured throughout the world.

The Aztecs, Incas, Egyptians, Persians, Chinese, and Native Americans considered Turquoise to be sacred, and to them, Turquoise meaning meant that it was used for protection, luck, and power.

Throughout time, it was considered a symbol of wisdom and immortality. It was used to guard burial sites and it was inlaid into masks and shields. Turquoise was used as protection from attack, theft, loss, and accidents, especially falls.

Healing Properties of Turquoise

The December birthstone meaning is intricately intwined with the healing properties of Turquoise. For example, this stone is thought to provide strength, tranquility, and peace. It is uplifting, empowering, and vitalizing.

Turquoise is said to provide purification from negative energy and to reduce stress, panic attacks, and depression. It can help the body absorb nutrients and boost immunity. And it brings balance to the heart center, so check out this beautiful Turquoise teardrop pendant necklace to bring that heart balance in a stylish way.

Physical Properties of Sky Blue Topaz

Sky Blue Topaz also provides December birthstone meaning for those born during this time. It is associated with wisdom, honesty, and self-expression, and it is a traditional gift for the 4th wedding anniversary.

Sky Blue Topaz Family & Color

Sky Blue Topaz is composed of aluminum silicate mineral and it ranges from translucent to transparent.

Topaz comes in every color and shade you can think of, and most of it is colorless, therefore much of the December birthstone meaning of this stone comes from its pale blue color. This is especially true since Blue Topaz is the rarest of all the Topaz colors.  I spend considerable time and effort sourcing this beautiful gem and it never disappoints when I receive my customer's feedback on their purchases.

Origins of Sky Blue Topaz

Topaz was first discovered by the Romans on the island of Topazios in the Red Sea. Its name comes from the Sanskrit word for “fire” since the it was first discovered in shades of yellow and orange.

Today, Topaz is found in Mexico, Brazil, China, the United States, and Russia.  My Raw Sky Blue Topaz Necklace represents this beautiful gem in its most natural form.

Sky Blue Topaz Meaning: Understanding Its December Birthstone Meaning

Just like with Turquoise, the history and healing properties of Sky Blue Topaz also give us insight into the December birthstone meaning that is associated with it.

Historical & Traditional Sky Blue Topaz Meaning

To the Ancient Egyptians, Topaz was where the Sun God Ra poured his powers; therefore, it was thought to contain some of the strongest healing and protective abilities. The Ancient Romans believed it would protect them from being poisoned.

Tribes in South America used it to cure many different illnesses. In the Middle Ages, it was used to break curses and spells because it was considered to be stronger than magic.

Healing Properties of Sky Blue Topaz

When we look at the December birthstone meaning of Sky Blue Topaz in terms of its healing properties, we can see that it is a stone that is associated with joy, abundance, and good health.

Sky Blue Topaz promotes truth, wisdom, and open communication. It can be used to assist with self-realization and self-control. It is both regenerating and soothing, offering its user a sense of balance and serenity.

This stone also aims to relieve issues related to the throat and self-expression, whether that be a sore throat or a fear of public speaking.  My Sky Blue Topaz Teardrop Necklace is an example of positive energy and joy in a beautifully-cut teardrop shape.

December Birthstone Meaning in Feng Shui

In Feng Shui, Turquoise and Sky Blue Topaz are used to bring Water energy into a space. This balances the area with an energy that promotes rebirth, purification, and quiet strength.

Place a Turquoise or Sky Blue Topaz stone in the North area of the Bagua Map, otherwise known as the Career & Life Path area, or in spaces used for reflection and relaxation. Wear December birthstone jewelry to bring these energies with you throughout the day.

Final Thoughts About December Birthstone Meaning 

The December birthstone meaning behind Turquoise and Sky Blue Topaz reaches to the dawn of time. These not only make a stunning addition to any December birthstone jewelry collection, but they also provide strength and tranquility to their users.

I love my Sky Blue Topaz jewelry for its dainty and intoxicating appeal, and our Turquoise jewelry brings a brilliant burst of color to those who wear it. Both make an ideal gift for your friend, sister (or for yourself), especially if their birthday is in December.

 

* Crystals and stones should not be used as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.