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Are you searching for December birthstone jewelry as a special gift for someone born in this month? Birthstones for the winter month of December include turquoise and, as a more recent addition, blue topaz. As you'll see from the Fire & Ice collection, both gemstones make beautiful December birthstone necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets. You'll discover a large selection of blue topaz and turquoise jewelry, on their own and occasionally paired with other natural elements, in 14K gold and sterling silver settings. If you're interested in a December birthstone ring, you can find blue topaz and turquoise rings in both delicate and bold styles.

Native Americans, throughout their history, have revered the turquoise stone as a sacred symbol. It was used by healers to cure many ailments such as viral infections and stomach issues, and was worn as jewelry and placed on tombs of deceased tribesmen for protection. Turquoise is a very old stone that has been used by many people around the world as amulets and talismans. It has been associated with Aztec, Egyptian and Persian cultures and with the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Its properties include sensitivity and strength, and it is said to connect one to the spiritual realm. The turquoise gemstone protects against evil and is a symbol of peace and good fortune. It's comes in many variations of blue and green, and robin's egg blue turquoise stones are among the most highly valued.

Some of the regions where turquoise stones are found include Iran, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, North India, Australia, Cornwall, Saxony and the U.S., in the Southwest.

Blue topaz is the most popular color today of the ancient topaz gemstone. Variations like London blue topaz offer a twist on the traditional hue. The use of this gem dates back to the Middle Ages, when it was believed to heal physical as well as mental ailments. In Greece, it was thought that the gem would make anyone who wore it invisible to the enemy while it enhanced strength, and the Romans believed it could improve one's eyesight. Egyptians regularly wore blue topaz as an amulet for protection.