December Birthstones


 


Blue topaz, Turquoise , Zircon 

Zircon - Stone of Virtue


Zircon - ancient in Australia  is the oldest mineral on earth 4.4 billion years old.

Zircon sometimes contains Uranium, irradiating itself and changing its properties

when heat treated can become highly refractive

yellow, brown, red, green. blue - heat treatment process - cooks off radium activity


Very sparkly - high luster


In fact, it is much rarer than diamonds but is considerably less valuable. Zircon comes closer to resembling diamonds than any other natural gem. Its superior luster and intense fire give it a real sparkle that is comparable to a diamond.


Moh’s 6-7.5

Zircon pic in Rocks & Minerals Book 


Colorless Zircon is called Matara zircon after a city in Sri Lanka where it is mined. 


History & Lore


Zircon’s name means imitation - Arabic word Zarkun, meaning cinnabar or vermillion. Or Persian Zargun - gold colored


In the middle ages, Zircon was thought to induce sound sleep, drive away evil spirits and promote rights and wisdom.


Blue Zircon favorite during Victorian times - sparkly gemstones were very fashionable (1880’s) Tiffany’s fames buyer George Kunz - was notable Zircon advocate. He once proposed the name starlet to promote the gems fiery nature. The name never caught on


https://www.gia.edu/zircon-history-lore


This stone promoted unions, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. 

Zircon combines the energies of the 1st, 3rd, 4th chakras, raising them to a higher level of intensity. 

Zircon creates dynamic illumination, via the intuitive self and allows for the recognition of the ‘free zones’ for travel and explorations

Zircon symbolizes innocence, purity and constancy

Melody - Love is in the Earth




Blue Topaz - Lucky Stone


Blue topaz is hardly ever natural. It is almost always caused by treatment. Topaz is allochromatic, which means that its color is caused by impurity elements or defects in its crystal structure. 


The various techniques in use today to alter colorless topaz to produce brown, pink, and most commonly, blue stones are discussed. Special attention is given to the three irradiation sources -gamma rays, high-energy electrons, and neutrons - used to convert the colorless stones to hues in the yellow to brown range and the subsequent heat treatment required in most cases to turn the irradiated stones blue. The blue color produced by irradiation and subsequent heat treatment is stable to light. Currently, no routine gemological tests are available that can definitively determine whether the color of the topaz is natural or the result of treatment.

https://www.gia.edu/gems-gemology/spring-1985-topaz-color-nassau


Astrological signs of Sagittarius & Virgo

Chakra throat - communication

Helps with seeing the big picture

Assists with bringing the mind body & spirit into unity with the forces of perfection in the universe

Melody Love is in the Earth


Turquoise - 

Communication Stone 

Form & Structure

Hydrated copper aluminum sulfate

waxy in luster with a silken feel to touch

Color blue-green light to dark - depending on where it is mined

Geography - Afghanistan , Australia, middle East, USA

Rarity -  easily obtained, although high grade turquoise is more expensive

Moh’s 5-6


Physical/ Emotional uses

a stone linked to powerful personal protection, for which it has been used for a millennia

enables communication from the highest source of love 

eases feelings of negativity and low self esteem

supports and energizes the thymus chakra and over the breath bone, boosting immunity

Healing effects - In healing layouts, place over the heart & throat or thymus area to ease breathing and open the flow of emotional expression

Personal uses - wear over the upper chest as personal and psychic protection



Have a wonderful week! Keep your heart open and aligned with the energy of LOVE!

Auriel Grace





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