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5 ways to wear turquoise, the December birthstone

Calling all December babies: it’s officially turquoise season.

Quite possibly the most fabulous way to beat the winter blues, the American Gem Society lists not one but three gems for the December birthstone. All recognised by their brilliant shades of blue, those born in December can claim tanzanite, zircon and turquoise as their lucky bling to end the year in style. And where zircon is one of the oldest gems on earth, and tanzanite is one of the most recently discovered, we put together a list of turquoise jewellery to come to a beautiful full circle; as one of the first stones in human history to be mined and used in jewellery.

Known for its distinct powdery blue hue, turquoise is recognised as a lucky stone in many cultures and features often as an inlay for lucky bracelets and talismans. It is a relatively soft stone, and is sensitive to sunlight and solvents, and yet tells a rich history. Revered by everyone from the ancient Egyptians and Persians to the Aztecs and Native Americans, turquoise has long been used in both body adornments as well as weapons and ceremonial items. Due to its bright colour – which can range from deep green to sky blue – the December birthstone is believed to offer protection, and is considered a symbol of generosity and affection.

From subtle cabochons to lavish statement earrings, we’ve put together a list of five different ways you can sport the December birthstone this month. From boho chic to evening diamond glam, turquoise is a truly versatile stone, sure to attract many eyes and hearts and end your year with a sublimely blue bang.

Featured image credit: Piaget; Hero image credit: Pomellato


Piaget Possession Open Bangle Bracelet

Turquoise, December Birthstone: Piaget

Part of Piaget’s colour Possession Collection, this playful 18k rose gold Open Bangle Bracelet (THB 248,000) brings a true pop of colour to the wrist with its vibrant turquoise cabochons and pavé diamond bands. Feminine and contemporary, the bracelet can be worn on its own as an energetic addition to an everyday look, or stacked with others for a fun layered feel. Allowing the turquoise to shine in a way that is subtle yet elegant, here’s an accessory for the November babies that love to have fun with their jewellery.

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Pomellato Ring Capri

Turquoise, December Birthstone: Pomellato

Inspired by the allure of the Bougainvillea flower and the beauty of Capri’s Blue Grotto, this Pomellato Ring Capri (approx. THB 150, 835) features a rose gold band adorned with rubies and a turquoise central stone. An unexpected contrast of colours, the ring is still very easy to wear – be it alone as a charming statement piece, or in combination with other colourful rings. With its piercing blue colour and relatively large size, consider it a beautiful breeze of the Mediterranean for the jewellery box.

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Van Cleef & Arpels Bouton d’or Pendant

Turquoise, December Birthstone: Van Cleef & Arpels

A design that dates back to the late 1930s, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Bouton d’or collection has been a signature icon in the jewellery house for decades. Inspired by the curved lines of the paillette motif, this yellow gold, lapis lazuli, turquoise, and diamond pendant (approx. THB 1,168,000) features a modern interpretation of the classic design. A feminine choice for a lady that loves a light vintage flair, pair together with the matching earrings for a fabulous full turquoise look.

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Haus of Jewelry 3 Hearts Ring

Turquoise, December Birthstone: Haus of Jewelry

Here’s one for the playful December babies. Made by Thai brand Haus of Jewelry, this silver 3 Hearts Ring (THB 3290) features a pink gold plate and a host of small turquoise stones. A great accessory for long weekends and holiday getaways this month, the ring makes for a delicately adorable way to wear turquoise without being overbearing. Young and fun, it’s a sweet gift idea for friends, too.

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Gucci Earrings with Cameo

Turquoise, December Birthstone: Gucci

How’s this for a statement earring? A cool reference to Gucci’s Cruise 2019 collection, these Earrings with Cameo (approx. THB 43, 383) are inspired by the ancient necropolis of Alyscamps in Arles. Made from gold metal with an aged finish, the turquoise resin engraved beetle cameo is the striking star of the piece, with gold-toned metal tassels dangling below. Grecian-inspired letterings complete the design, for a pair of earrings that boast strength and sensation, much like their December-born wearers.

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5 ways to wear turquoise, the December birthstone

Lisa Gries

Creative Content Director, Bangkok

Lisa is the Creative Content Director at Lifestyle Asia Thailand. When she’s not knees-deep in SEO analysis or editorial calendars, you’ll likely find her in downward-facing dog at the yoga studio, or immersed in conversation at a secret bar in China town. Lisa writes mostly on dining, travel, and pop-culture, and is a huge fan of soup dumplings, Riesling, and power napping — in exactly that order.

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