If you are looking for a little more sparkle in your birthstone jewelry, the blue zircon Swarovski Crystal is the birthstone for you.
December Birthstone Earrings
Howlite Turquoise Gemstone Earrings (EBG111)
$21.95These lovely petite handmade gemstone earrings feature delicate howlite turquoise teardrops individually wire wrapped to sterling silver ear hooks. Length is a dainty 3/4" from the bottom of the ear wire.
Genuine fine turquoise is both beautiful and rare. For these reasons, there is much more demand than there are stones, making it costly to use in jewelry design. An affordable turquoise substitute is howlite turquoise which is dyed to be the preferred turquoise color of robin's egg blue.
Howlite is opaque and either white or grey with grey, black or dark brown veins running through it. The howlite gemstone has a veining pattern that is very similar to (but not identical with) the matrix of turquoise. It is a porous stone, just like turquoise, making it easy to take on dye color. Howlite's porous nature makes it the perfect imitator stone and has often been mistaken for genuine turquoise, red coral and even lapis lazuli.
For these reasons, many jewelry designers will use howlite turquoise in their designs making the pieces much more affordable and wallet friendly. The beauty of howlite turquoise is that it has the color of turquoise, but the stones are howlite.
Word identification: matrix = veining (in a gemstone)