A Matter of Brilliance is a professional jewelry appraisal company based in Newton, MA, founded by Aimee Berrent, Graduate Gemologist. Our appraisals can be used to:
December babies have birthstones that are bathed in blue: the deep, rich blue of tanzanite, the range of brilliant colors, including blue, of the zircon, and the sparkling aqua (“turquoise?”) of, well…turquoise. Your stones represent some of the oldest — and newest — stones.
- Tanzanite is a relative newcomer. In the 1960s, Tiffany & Company named it after its country of origin (Tanzania), became a major distributor, and launched a major publicity campaign. This hard stone with amazing clarity and a deep blue-purple hue quickly became a popular favorite. To this day, it’s only been found in one place in the world.
- Zircon (not to be confused with artificial cubic zirconia) is a naturally occurring gemstone. In fact, it’s one of the oldest gemstones on earth. Yellow-brown to orange and red stones are common, but blue, the most popular, occurs when brown stones are heated.
- Turquoise jewelry has been discovered in Egyptian tombs and Chinese collections from 3,000 years ago. This relatively soft stone ranges from sky blue to grey-green: its blue color comes from copper; the green hues from iron. Most often cut into cabochons or beads than facets, turquoise can be sensitive to heat, so leave it inside when you’re sunbathing.
So, December birthday ladies and gents, happy birthday! And may all your days be as full of blue skies as the brilliant blue birthstones that symbolize your special month.
As always, if I can help you with anything, let me know!
Brilliantly yours, Aimee