Blue Topaz and Turquoise are both the birthstones for December. What both these gemstones have in common is the color blue. Topaz in Sanskrit means ‘tapas’ or fire. Blue Topaz was believed to cool down boiling water and to calm a person’s hot temper. It was also thought to be able to cure asthma, insomnia, insanity, and weak vision. Blue Topaz even was thought to have a magical property making its wearer appear invisible to danger of threats.
The Topaz is among the hardest of the silicate minerals. Pure Topaz is colorless while some minor elements that are in the stone can result in many varieties of colors. These are red, pink, pale green, yellow and blue.
Blue color hue is created when the Topaz is heated. This can occur from natural heat source or by a man- made source. There are three shades of Blue Topaz. These are Swiss, Sky, and London Blue. London Blue color Topaz is the deepest shade of blue and often is used for a less pricey substitute for the Sapphire gemstone.
Topaz is found in Sri Lanka, Mexico, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, China, and the United States. Blue Topaz as a gift symbolizes fidelity and love.
Turquoise is an alternative birthstone for December. It is named Turquoise because it was brought to Europe initially by the way of Turkey. Turquoise is also one of the very first gemstones to be used for jewelry.
The ancients considered Turquoise a sacred stone. It protected against all evil and also ill health. It is mined in Iran and also the South Western states of the US. Gifts of Turquoise represent luck and friendship.
The Astrological sign for Turquoise is Sagittarius. Turquoise has a hardness of 5-6. Some Native cultures believe that wearing Turquoise can cause the human mind to become one with the Universe and create a profound spiritual and soul healing.