December: Luck favours Turquoise
If cold December gave you birth,
The month of snow and ice and mirth,
Place on your hand a turquoise blue;
Success will bless whate’er you do.
A stone as bright as day, a gem as old as the ages, a favourite of the ancients: the turquoise. The turquoise is believed to be one of the oldest known stones used in jewellery. The Pharaohs of Egypt loved it, the Native Americans wore it, and Iran considers it to be its national gemstone. It came to India along with the Mughals and made its presence known by decorating the TajMahal, the royal crowns, and other artefacts.
For the Incas and the Aztecs, it was the “highest and most valued thing in the world.” The blue in the stone is believed to symbolise the heavens and the green symbolised the earth. Is it any wonder thenthat across the world, the turquoise has adorned bracelets and charms, daggers and amulets, sword hilts, bowls, cups, and even royal seals?Many civilisations believed that the turquoise possessed the power of prophecy. It was also believed that the stone would change colour depending on the wearer’s health and protect him from harm, even untimely death.
As with any other gemstone, many superstitions are associated with the turquoise. As the poem reveals, the stone is believed to be associated with prosperity, good fortune, success and happiness. The stone is also creditedwith the ability to strengthen and regenerate the wearer. Wearing the stone is said to increase the wearer’s creativity and enhance inner peace.It is also associated with marital fidelity, making the wearer emotionally stable.For thousands of years, the turquoise has been cherished as a symbol of wisdom, nobility and immortality.
The name turquoise is of French origin—pierre turquoise—meaning ‘Turkish stone’.The stone reflects the colour of the world and exudes a unique energy that is at once serene as well as vibrant. Turquoise neutralises excesses, reinstates calm after turbulence, relieves stress, and restores harmony. Definitely a stone worth wearing, even more so after reading this saying: ‘whoever owns a turquoise, will never want for a friend.’
Another birthstone for the month of December is the zircon. No, this is not the imitation diamond zirconia we are talking about. This is a natural gemstonethat occurs in a wide range of colours, the most popular of which is a bright blue. The name is understood to have come from the Arabic or Persian word ‘zargun’, which means ‘gold coloured’.
The most treasured zircon is the red stone, as it is extremely rare. The blue and green stones are also prized, while the other colours and the colourless zircons are less expensive. The colourless zircon, with its dazzling brilliance, is considered to be the best imitator of the diamond.Through the ages, the zircon has served as an amulet, especially for travellers. It is believed that the stone would assure its wearer of a warm welcome wherever he went. Zircon is also considered to be a protective stone, guarding against disease and injury. It is also believed to bring prosperity and honour to its wearer.