December: Tanzanite


Your horoscope can often subscribe to plenty of personal characteristics. For some, it can provide insight as to their inner selves and subconscious needs and wants. For others, it’s a way to rationalize sending that risky text message, or buying a brand new couch.

However, with all the waxing poetic to be had in Capricorn moons and Leo suns, some would prefer a more concrete, tangible method of finding themselves.

Some would say Birthstones are the literal crystallization of the months in a year. Originating from the bible, In Exodus 28, Moses creates a special breastplate for Aaron, the High Priest of the Hebrews. Specifically, the breastplate was to contain twelve precious gemstones, representing the twelve tribes of Israel. These twelve stones were later assigned to the Zodiac, and as a result, became symbolic for all twelve months, respectively.

You could name your zodiac and horoscope, and the features that come with the assignment, but every birthstone possesses unique traits and personality themselves. Have you ever asked yourself if you’re as steadfast as a ruby? Or as richly reflective as a diamond? Let’s find out!

How similar are you to your birthstone?

Discovered in 1967 Tanzania – where else? – Tanzanite underwent a series of mistaken identities, thought at first to be Peridot, then Dumorteirite, before being correctly identified as Blue Zoisite, and later renamed Tanzanite by Tiffany & Co. As the designation implies, Tanzanite’s colour range- specifically- consists of deep indigo to light purple shades. However, natural and untreated Tanzanite is a “trichoic” gemstone, meaning that it reflects light at different wavelengths depending on its angle. Because of this, a single stone can depict all a manner of colours, including burgundy, blue and violet.

With its often clean finish after processing, its startling and vivid colour, its dramatic name and origins and the potential for large cut stones, it’s no surprise Tanzanite’s popularity sky-rocketed seemingly overnight. At present, it has become the second most popular blue gem, next to Sapphire. The largest Tanzanite specimens ever discovered were two natural shards both weighing over 14 lbs collectively, and worth $3.3 million.

In addition, the semi-precious gemstone has never been successfully synthesized in a lab, meaning all true Tanzanites that come into circulation are natural stones, including those features in these 9.56 Carat TW Oval Tanzanite & 0.38 CTW Diamond Halo Earrings in 18K White Gold. This is fitting, considering the gem is thought to bring about an acute self-awareness and stimulate intuition, as well as represent heart, dignity and longevity.

If Tanzanite is your birthstone, you believe in past lives. You examine the world around you and draw numerous exciting theories regarding the nature of the spirit. To those who know you, it’s almost as if you can see straight into their hearts and souls, and it’s a little intimidating. But there’s never an awkward moment or an uncomfortable silence hanging around you, you always know how to get to the core of an issue and alleviate uncertainty in others and yourself. You also have very strong opinions about the Met Gala.

Written by Annahis Basmadjian

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