In the classic birthstone chart, Tanzanite is not the birthstone for December. The actual birthstone for December is Blue Zircon, but you will see stones from Turquoise, Blue Topaz, and Tanzanite.
Tanzanite is one of the newest stones on the market, and because it is a shade of blue, many companies are using it as a birthstone for December. Blue Topaz is used by many chain jewelry stores because it is cheaper and the color is normally better for the price. Turquoise is also used sometimes, as many customers like the form that this stone comes in. But the official birthstone for December is Blue Zircon.
We are writing up this blog post in September, but we know that December is coming up quickly, and we will see this question even more than ever. So while you can use any of those birthstones for December (we won't tell), the official birthstone will always be Blue Zircon.
Interested in purchasing Tanzanite? Our family travels to Tanzania, cuts many of our gemstones, and custom designs all the jewelry on our website. If you have any questions, please contact us and we would be happy to help.
Steve Moriarty has been in the jewelry industry for over 30 years. Steve is not only a jeweler, but a gem cutter and designer. He has traveled the world in search of gemstone rough and has owned a retail jewelry store for 20 years located in Crown Point, Indiana.