December’s birthstone is tanzanite. Depending on the viewing angle, this magnificent gem displays hues of blue, purple, and burgundy. These colors, reminders of warm fireplaces and family gatherings against a picturesque window of snow covered roads, complement the holiday season.
Tanzanite’s first name was blue zoisite. Tiffany & Co, the first to sell the gem, was afraid the name sounded unpleasant and would keep away potential customers. Because the gem was only found in an East African country named Tanzania, Tiffany & Co renamed the gem Tanzanite.
Tanzanite jewelry quickly became popular among the rich and famous. One of the largest pieces of Tanzanite is “The Queen of Kilamanjaro", set in a tiara. It is owned by Michael Scott, the first Apple Computers CEO.
Tanzanite is a soft gem and is usually set as tanzanite necklaces and tanzanite earrings. Tanzanite's brilliant holiday colors makes tanzanite jewelry the perfect birthday gift for anyone born in December as well as a gorgeous and thoughtful holiday gift to anyone this season. Before you sit down next to the fire with your loved one, peruse our collection of tanzanite jewelry and make this a memorable December.