"If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate'er you do."
Introducing the December BirthstoneThe first of December, by gum has this year flown by. Turquoise, the birthstone for anyone born in December, is the perfect symbol for the last month of the year. The turquoise gem is associated with prosperity, success and good fortune – all the things we will be wishing for come 2012.
The Colour of TurquoiseTurquoise is an opaque, blue-to-green mineral that is a hydrous phosphate of copper and aluminium. Turquoise was a popular gem used in Victorian jewellery. The symbolic meaning regarding the colour of turquoise represents the life cycle of birth, old age and death, due to its change in colour related to its age.
Locating and Identifying TurquoiseThe name “turquoise” is said to have originated from an old French word for “Turkish”, because the mineral was first brought to Europe from Turkey. The stone is most frequently found in countries including the USA, Iran, Australia, Africa and Siberia.
The Properties of Turquoise
The traditional metaphysical properties of the December
birthstone are communication, regeneration and protection against diseases. Its healing properties are said to include healing of the
throat, lungs, infections and depression, which could be useful in helping us save pennies (and the environment) on paper tissues by fending off the winter sniffles!