Welcome to December’s birthstone feature! The top three December birthstones all have a bit of the blues.
Tanzanite, one of the most recently discovered gems, is found in only its namesake country, Tanzania.
Blue zircon, one of the oldest gems, comes in a range of colors but it is usually heat-treated until is it colorless, gold, or blue.
Turquoise is found in various places in the world, but its name comes from the French expression “pierre torques,” which references a Turkish stone brought to Europe from Turkey.
I’m focusing on turquoise as December’s birthstone this month because there are such beautiful, affordable options available that are a pleasure to use. Turquoise dyed howlite and reconstituted turquoise are smart options that won’t break the bank. Here are the strands I pulled from www.halcraftcollection.com for my project this month. (They’re listed in top to bottom order below.)
Color: It’s found in hues that are a powdery blue to robin’s egg blue.
Care: Turquoise has a Mohs hardness of 6, which is soft enough to carve. It should be protected from sunlight as well as makeup and other solvents.
Uses and Folklore: Turquoise has been found as carved scarabs in ancient Egyptian tombs and is considered a sacred and protective stone.
Fun Fact: Apache Indians believed that attaching turquoise to their bows would increase their accuracy.
This handful of turquoise dyed howlite is perfect for getting the look of turquoise on a budget.
As I worked on this project, I had a few interested helpers. These are two kittens I’ve been fostering. I call them the Floofies! They’re pretty interested in getting their bead on–or, more likely, chasing my beads onto the floor!
These “helpers” were pretty interested in my wires and beads!
These are the prettiest teardrop beads, and I love the way they overlap when they are a little “too close.” I decided to take that look one step further by layering strands of different sizes of teardrops so that they look a bit like the petals of a chrysanthemum.
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Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She's always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!