December is for Tanzanite + Turquoise: 18 Color Stories

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December birthstones include tanzanite, turquoise, and zircon — very much a blue-dominated gem selection! Tanzanite is an interesting gem as it noted for its deep, saturated blue to violet hues, which can come naturally or from heating a gem, and unheated tanzanite stones can run murky green-brown to warmer purple.

Mellan was a December baby (born on Christmas Eve, actually), and after he passed, I decided to incorporate his birthstone–tanzanite–into a pendant necklace I was already leaning towards making (using my previous engagement ring diamond). I wanted to have a crescent moon with a mix of sapphires offset and subtly connected to give the illusion of stars in the sky.

The featured image is of the finished piece, and the tanzanite stone is the largest, more oval-shaped gem that flashes blue-violet, which is illuminated by a band of diamonds (to represent Mellan now up in the stars). The other colored gemstones are all various shades of sapphire, which complement my updated wedding ring set (done in sapphire, which is my birthstone, and one of the first gifts hubby, then-boyfriend, gave me was a sapphire bracelet).

Both pieces were designed in collaboration with Lauryn Volovar at Earth’s Treasury, and both were excellent experiences (in case there’s confusion, this is not sponsored and both pieces of jewelry were paid for by me). I know when I last mentioned the pendant, a few readers asked for more information on it, so… here you go πŸ™‚

About This Series

Each look idea is centered around a “quad” of four shades with the expectation that one might bring in the appropriate brow bone or additional transitional shade based on skin tone. Consider these ideas a jumping off point with four “core” colors that can inspire your next look. For reference, based on how I usually apply makeup, I would consider applying the shades in this order: inner lid, middle of lid, outer lid/crease, and crease/above crease or lid.

















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Christina D. Avatar

Love this! You can add blue topaz to the list. I’m a late December baby and besides loving turquoise, the majority of any jewelry I have is London Blue Topaz.

kjh Avatar

The Mellan story is truly making me cry. What a great way to memorialize the most special dog. My special (your dog show reader understands) was Wrigley, Border Terrier. A/k/a Ch. Bradcliffe Firewalker. If I can’t cross the rainbow bridge and be with my besties, I’m not going. Plus, I might meet the star heart dog. BYW, the color combos are gorgeous and well-conceived, as always.

Genevieve Avatar

These are stunning Christine and it always amazes me how you can come up with so many lovely shade combinations from differing palettes/singles to give us inspiration.
I was meant to be a December baby (born early because of the twin factor), so I do lean more to these shades.

Prairie Avatar

As a jeweler and small business owner I really appreciate how you talk about the work of others without expecting any kind of perks. That’s how small businesses lift each other up.
Both the pendant and ring are lovely; so refreshing to see something so unique yet timeless.

brendacr1 Avatar

I am an early December baby and am drawn to the beauty of Tanzanite, my MIL has a beautiful necklace that she always wears with a blouse that shows it off perfectly.

That is such a gorgeous arrangement Christine! What a beautiful memory to Mellan <3

Mariah Osmundson Avatar

My mom is OBSESSED with Tanzanite. Its all she buys. She looks for the ones with flashes of pink, and a very even purple/blue in equal parts. Unfortunately, I don’t love all the pieces she finds them in, because it’ll be a beautiful stone and then an ugly ring, but she has them placed into new settings. I LOVE that crescent moon! Gorgeous! She’ll love it!

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