Zircon is a spectacular natural gemstone available in a variety of colors. Zircon naturally occurs in earthy tones of browns, golds and orangy reds, which are popular in their own right - however, most gem-quality stones are heat treated to produce shades of blue. Blue zircon was extremely popular in Victorian times into the mid 20th century. It's popularity, due to its intense color and brilliance, contributed to it being designated as a birthstone for December. Most people today are more familiar with blue zircon as a December birthstone than turquoise.
Major sources of zircon include Australia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Cambodia, Canada, and the United States.
With its unparalleled dispersion/brilliance/color combination and enduring popularity, blue zircon is an excellent choice as December's Traditional Birthstone!