Thursday, December 12, 2013

Birthstone of the Month - December

Welcome to December! If you haven’t dusted off your winter coats yet, now is the perfect time to do so. The weather is getting colder and mugs of hot cocoa are looking more and more inviting by the minute. The snow is falling and we are all gearing up to spend the holiday season with family, friends, and loved ones. If you have a birthday during December, consider yourself very lucky. Not only do you have your birthday and Christmas to look forward to, but you have one of the most beautiful birth stones around – the Blue Topaz!

While there are actually a number of birthstones associated with the month of December, none are more popular than the blue topaz. (The other two being tanzanite and turquoise.) What makes this topaz stand out from all the others is its vibrant blue color. The topaz is originally a clear stone, but when it is heated (either artificially or naturally), it turns into a beautiful shade of blue. And the deeper the blue color, the more valuable this gemstone is!

The cool blue color is symbolic of a cool, crisp December sky, hence why it makes for the perfect birthstone option. The ancient Greeks believed that the cooling effect this gemstone had could calm the temper of any wearer as well as balance their mental state. Many also believed that the blue topaz could be dropped in a pot of boiling water and instantly cool it. For these reasons, and many others, this gemstone is seen as a symbol of tranquility and peace – it has the ability to calm even the most boiling of tempers. This gemstone is also said to improve focus and concentration, and when placed by a person’s side as they sleep, it has the power to protect the person from nightmares. Today, the blue topaz represents loyalty faithfulness, and love, making it a perfect gift for a significant other.

Amanda Seyfried wears an initial disc necklace
Amanda Seyfried wears an initial disc necklace
Famous celebrities who have birthdays in December include Britney Spears, Amanda Seyfried, Ashley Benson, and Alyssa Milano. Which celebrity do you share a December birthday with?

There are many important dates in December, of course aside from Christmas! There is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (who wouldn’t LOVE that!), National Pastry Day, Bake Cookies Day, and National Brownie Day. (Do you see a pattern emerging?!) There’s also Put on Your Own Shoes Day, Bathtub Party Day, and Look for an Evergreen Day, but quite honestly, you lost me after Ice Cream Day!

Happy Holidays!!

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