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December Birthstones

turquoiseTanzaniteBlue TopazThe modern birthstone for December is Turquoise. Tanzanite was added more recently as an alternative. December has the most variety in birthstones then any other month as it varies from place to place and in various calendar systems. Other birthstones for December include Blue Topaz, Lapis Lazuli, Cats Eye, Chrysoprase, Onyx, Ruby and Zircon. The Stone color associated with December is commonly Blue. 

December Turquoise Poem

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.
- Gregorian birthstone poem printed in Notes and Queries, May 11, 1889.

Birthstones for December
  Birthstone
Modern Birthstones Turquoise, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite
Traditional Birthstones Zircon, Lapis
Ayurvedic (Ancient India) Birthstones Ruby
Arabic Birthstones Ruby
Herbrew Birthstones Ruby
Hindu Birthstones Topaz
Italian Birthstones Ruby
Mystical (Tibetan origin) Birthstones Onyx
Polish Birthstones Turquoise
Roman Birthstones Ruby
Russian Birthstones Turquoise, Chrysoprase
Astrological Birthstones (Capricorn: Dec-Jan) Ruby, Agate, Garnet, Black Onyx
Planetary Stones (Saturn: Dec-Jan) Lapis Lazuli
Talismanic (Capricorn: Dec-Jan) Onyx