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December birthstone: Dazzle in tanzanite and turquoise this festive season

From velvety purples to intense aquatic greens, these hues make up the colour scheme for gifts to those born this month

December babies have three birthstones to choose from, the two most eye-catching of which being majestic tanzanite and vibrant turquoise. Rich purple and blue tanzanite is said to establish a connection between your mind and higher realms, while brightly-hued turquoise grants health and good fortune to those who wear it. Here, we bring you the most enchanting jewellery pieces to celebrate December birthdays. 

Tanzanite is relatively new on the gemstone circuit, having first been discovered in Tanzania in the mid-20th century. The stone gained international fame in the late Sixties, when Tiffany & Co. recognised its universal appeal. Creating a series of pieces featuring tanzanite as their focal point, the brand launched a major advertising campaign to showcase the dazzling pieces – the campaign was such a success that high jewellery brands around the world followed suit, firmly establishing this new-found gem in the world of fine jewellery. 

Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Anne Sisteron

Turquoise, on the other hand, dates back to Ancient Egypt, when the luminous stone was worn by pharaohs to ward off disaster and attract wealth. This vivid gem adorns the funerary mask of King Tut, who ruled Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. Across the Red Sea, turquoise also held great importance in the lives of Native Americans, who placed small pieces of the stone on the tips of their arrows, in the belief that this piece of fallen sky would help to keep their aim true.

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December Birthstones:
The Best Tanzanite & Turquoise Jewellery

Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Van Cleef & Arpels
White Gold, Rose Gold, Turquoise, Sapphire
& Diamond Sous Les Étoiles ‘Galilée’ Ring
POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Tiffany & Co.
Gold and Turquoise
Schlumberger® Heart clip
POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
David Morris
White Gold, Turquoise & Diamond
‘Double Flower Palm’ Earrings
£31,800
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Cartier
Platinum, Turquoise, ruby, onyx & diamond
Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery Ring
POA
Adler
Electric titanium and 18kt white gold set
with 2 pear-shaped tanzanites
£POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Glenn Spiro
Titanium, Turquoise &
Diamond Earrings
£POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Harwell Godfrey
Gold, Tanzanite, Lapis &
Diamond ‘Evil Eye’ Ring
£2,480
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Fernando Jorge
Black Rhodium Plated Gold
& Tanzanite ‘Electric’ Earrings
£POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Liv Luttrell
White Gold, Tanzanite & Diamond
Bespoke ‘One of a Kind’ Ring
£POA
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Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Theo Fennell
Yellow Gold & Tanzanite
Medium ‘Todd Cross’ Pendant
£1,950
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Noor Fares
Grey Gold, Turquoise, Aquamarine, Beryl, Lapis Lazuli,
Sapphire & Diamond One of a Kind ‘Vishuddha’ Earrings
£15,500
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Emily P. Wheeler
Gold, Turquoise &
Emerald ‘Sail’ Choker
£14,494
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Boucheron
White Gold, Tanzanite &
Sapphire ‘Chickadee’ Ring
£‌77,400
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Bucherer
White Gold, Tanzanite &
Diamond ‘Lacrima’ Earrings
£12,600
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Melis Goral
Rose Gold, Turquoise &
Diamond ‘Geometria’ Ring
£1,550
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Mateo
Gold, Turquoise &
Emerald ‘Ball Drop’ Earrings
£2,215
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Chaumet
Gold, Lacquer, Tanzanite & Diamond
Trésors d’Ailleurs ‘Qianlong’ ring
POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Nakard
Sterling silver, Black Rhodium, Enamel
& Turquoise ‘Vienna’ Earrings
£1,650
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Retrouvai
Gold, Turquoise & Trolleite
‘Yin Yang’ Pendant
£1,960
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Boghossian
White Gold, Tanzanite &
Diamond 'Kissing' Drop Earrings
POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Samantha Tea
Gold, Turquoise & Diamond Ring
£1,395.00
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Maya Gemstones
White Gold, Tanzanite &
Diamond ‘Zigzag’ Earrings
£2,800
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Sig Ward
Gold, Tanzanite & Enamel Cuff
£5,100
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Harlin Jones
Rose Gold, Turquoise &
Diamond ‘Drop Spike’ Earrings
£2,962
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Ananya
White Gold, Tanzanite & Diamond
‘Celeste Tanzanite’ Ear Cuffs,
£5,710
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Ara Vartanian
White Gold, Tanzanite
& Diamond Ring
£POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Bulgari
White Gold, Turquoise, Onyx, Emerald &
Diamond High Jewellery ‘Serpenti’ necklace
£POA
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Anne Sisteron
Gold, Turquoise & Diamond
‘Bellissima Chandelier’ Earrings
£6,374
Dazzle in December's birthstones: Tanzanite and turquoise jewellery by Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron, Chaumet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Mateo
Pippa Small
Gold & Turquoise
‘Double Greek’ Ring
£4,250
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