OOTD for December’s Birthstone: Tanzanite

TANZANITE

Gemstone pics via Photobucket.  Tanzanite info via Crystal Vaults.

Hello, lovelies!  Today’s look is inspired by one of December’s birthstones, Tanzanite.  The other 2 birthstones for December are Turquoise and Zircon.  Out of these 3 birthstones, my favorite is tanzanite because of it’s gorgeous blue color, so that’s what this post will focus on.

Tanzanite is a rare gemstone and is highly prized.  The most valuable tanzanite is a deep, ultramarine blue with a slight purple edge.  Tanzanites are mined in Tanzania, East Africa.  Tanzania is the only place where tanzanites are formed, hence its name.  Tanzanites are “celebrated as the Gemstone of the 20th century”, in which New York’s Tiffany and Co. created and showcased its faceted form.  

Blue tanzanites symbolize spirituality and wisdom, and along with turquoise and zircon, symbolize Winter.  Zircon and turquoise are the traditional birthstones for December.  Due to its popularity, tanzanite was added as a birthstone by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA).

 

TANZANITE INFO & SYMBOLISM

TITLE: Gemstone of the 20th Century

COLORS: Shades of lilac-blue, deep ultramarine blue, and blue-violet. Also found in shades of brown and yellow in its raw form

MOHS SCALE HARDNESS: 6.5

TYPE: Zoisite

ZODIAC SIGN: None, but is sometimes associated with Pisces (February 18 – March 20) and Aries (March 21 – April 19)

DEITY: Athena, Greek goddess of War and Wisdom, honored for her intellect and logic.  Also honors Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom and contradiction personified.

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Athena, Greek goddess of war and wisdom. – (Image by TaekwondoNJ via Photobucket)

 

DIVINATIONS: “Trust you intuition – it is guiding you in the right direction, even though others may be blinding you with facts and figures to the contrary”

CHAKRAS: Throat (5), Third Eye (6), and Crown (7)

HEALING PROPERTIES: Strengthens the immune system, detoxifies the blood, and promotes the regeneration of cells, hair, nails, and skin.

SECONDARY BIRTHSTONE: Turquoise

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Polished turquoise

 

TERTIARY BIRTHSTONE: Zircon

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Faceted zircon

 

Here’s what I wore.  It was FREEZING with a high temperature of 25° F (-3.9° C). It was windy, too.  I hate cold weather, but it’s a great opportunity to wear heavy velvet.

PROJECT 666 Staples: Sheer black scarf (Scf3), Long sleeved shirt (S2), Asymmetrical tunic dress (D4), Blue velvet skirt (Skt9), Ankle boots (B2)

 

 

All clothing purchased Amazon and Ebay. Victorian coffin necklace: Ebay, Silver bat necklace: Numi Olive (Etsy)

 

Vintage ankle boots: 20 Twenty Vintage (Etsy)

 

My makeup was minimal because of the cold, and I definitely did not feel like wearing false eyelashes.  I had a perfect bindi to go with my outfit, but I couldn’t find it.  Oh, well.  Boring face, basic bindis.

Silver dread beads: Heather Fish Creations (Etsy)

 

 

This post concludes the birthstone looks for 2016.  Woot!  I can’t WAIT for 2016 to end, and apparently I’m not alone.  Was 2016 a good year for you?  Stay tuned for the last birth flower post and a couple of year-in-review posts.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

OOTD & Makeup for December’s Birthstones: Zircon, Tanzanite, & Turquoise

imageGemstone photos via Photobucket.  Gemstone info via Wixon Jewelers.

Here we are with December’s birthstones and there are three for this month: Zircon, Tanzanite, and Turquoise.  Concluding the year with three birthstones instead of one (or even two) is a nice way to finish out 2015.

We’ll start with Zircon, which was believed to have healing powers during the Middle Ages.  Zircons were believed to “bring posterity and promote honor and wisdom in its wearer”.  Zircons are most popular in shades of blue (especially Caribbean Blue), but zircons can also be found in shades of green, dark red, orange, and yellow.  Zircons can also be colorless.

Polished and faceted zircon in blue, and raw zircon in red
Polished and faceted zircon in blue, and raw zircon in red

 

Next up is Tanzanite.  Tanzanites can only be found in one place: Mount Kilimanjaro.  Tanzanites look a lot like sapphires, with its varying shades of deep blue, but they will usually have overtones of rich purple.  While true blue tanzanites are rare, these gemstones are most popular in tones of light blues and light purples.  You can also find tanzanites in various shapes and sizes.

Polished and faceted tanzanites in blue and light purple
Polished and faceted tanzanites in blue and light purple

 

Last gemstone for December is Turquoise, which is the oldest of the three gemstones.  It is also among the most popular.  Turquoises were worn by the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, as well as the Native Americans.  Its robin’s egg blue color was thought to promote the status and wealth of the wearer, and was believed to protect them from evil and bring good luck.  

Not only does turquoises come in robin's egg blue, but you can also find them in shades of green and with flecks and streaks of brown
Not only does turquoises come in robin’s egg blue, but you can also find them in shades of green and with streaks of brown and black

 

My outfit and makeup was inspired by zircons.  Once again, this is a belly dance-inspired outfit with the bindi, skirt, and bell-bottom pants underneath:

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T-shirt and 25-yd. skirt: Ebay, Bell bottom pants: L. Rose Designs

 

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Blue bindi: Third Eye Bling (Etsy), Studded choker: Aeon Leather (Etsy)

 

Here’s my makeup.  I went for dark eyes and dark lips:

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That’s the last gemstone post for 2015.  I plan on posting more gemstone pics in 2016, but I’m trying to figure out how to change it up a bit.  Stay tuned.

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise