The piece below was designed by Princess Beatrice, daughter of
Queen Victoria and is from an 1881
publication. Each winter it reminds me of many things associated with
Christmas and the
crisp days of December Christmas festivities.
Transcript of the poem above
Winter is here - Let us
welcome him on,
Remember Old Christmas
And when Christmas with
all his gay feasting has gone,
Why then we've the
merry New Year;
Here's a health to the
rich who will give to the poor,
Let Plenty and Mercy
And though bitter winds
blow through the white clouds of snow,
No Winter shall fall on
December stems from the Latin word decem for ten (decimus 10th) and was
the 10th month in the old Roman calendar.
Sagittarius Nov 22–Dec 21st Capricorn Dec 22–Jan 20th
December Birthstones are Turquoise, Zircon, Topaz, and now Tanzanite.
Turquoise is believed to be a good luck stone bringing
prosperity. It has been used since ancient times and features in
Egyptian jewellery of the Pyramid decorations. Turquoise is also a
favourite of Native Americans, particularly the Navajo Indians who made charm
pieces used by their medicine men. A great deal of western
jewellery designs feature turquoise, as does Boho style fashion and
December birthstone jewelry for women
has recently become very popular for gifts.
Topaz comes in many forms with the blue variety being a
December birthstone. The blue topaz ranges from pale blue to deep
blue with London Blue having an intense brightness.
(The yellow amber toned Topaz is the November birthstone
choice alongside citrine.)
In its time, Zircon has been thought to hold magical
powers of protection against evil. It should not be confused with
cubic Zirconia! The red Zircon is the most prized of Zircons, but
the stone breaks easily compared to other gems.
Tanzanite is a beautiful colour with purple tones on blue. It was discovered in 1967 in Tanzania in East
is the most recent gem to be added to the Birthstone list in 2003 by the
American Gem Trade Association.
Birthstones of the Calendar
The name of many calendar months have Latin derivations. Birthstones were
initially linked to the Zodiac, but now are linked to calendar months.
jewellery has always been thought to have magical powers within them
with such powers passed to the wearer of the gem. This idea has been
revived by new age followers who extol the virtues of natural quartz
crystals. They emphasise the importance of good harmony, energy, chi,
balance, and healing. In addition the stones are often very pretty! Talismanic Jewellery has gained new importance since the millennium.
feel special wearing jewellery corresponding to their own birthstones. Many
people develop collections based around a fondness for their own
Some months of the year have two or three stones as birthstones.
New gems and semi precious stones have become more popular. Cultures
have merged and mixed so much in the
past 100 years, that original lists of birthstones popular in any one
country have tended to merge so that several stones are often featured in
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