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February - Amethyst

  amethyst watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu February’s birthstone is the beautiful, regal, and stunning amethyst. For many of our crystal friends we’ve talked with, amethyst is their first crystal purchase, their ‘gateway crystal’ if you will. Amethyst is the arguably one of the most recognizable gems and it’s not hard to see why with its piercing purple color. Much like ‘turquoise’ has become a color of its own, amethyst is a distinct shade of purple. Coming from the Greek amethystos, meaning “intoxicate”, it was once believed its prevented intoxication. This could have been helpful to me attending a bachelor party years back if only I knew. A type of quartz, amethyst is in the same family as citrine, aventurine, and...

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Setting Your Intentions for the New Year

by Lauren Sarkissian The beginning of a new year can be equal parts lovely and stressful. For most, it’s beneficial to take advantage of the opportunity to begin anew. But it’s hard to start from loose ends. For me, wrapping up my sentiments about the past year is just as important as projecting for the new year. The first few weeks of January is my ideal window of time to practice reflective exercises. I try to identify both my reflections and my intentions. REFLECTIONS Firstly, I check in with myself. A lot can happen in a year. What did I learn? What did I accomplish? What am I grateful for? If the big questions are overwhelming, it’s also good to...

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January - Garnet

  garnet watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu January’s birthstone is the lovely, deep-red Garnet. It’s name is derived from the old-english word gernet which means ‘dark red’ which comes from the Latin granatus‘ grain, seed’ probably in reference to the pomegranate seed. Garnet comes in many different colors, with red being the most common. Garnet is actually a term for an entire group of silicate minerals. Garnet has long been used as a talisman for protection, and are often employed to cope with bad dreams, or depressed states of mind. Start your New Year with a sense of peace, favor, and commitment, check out all our garnet pieces here

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H Y G G E

by Madi Jensen Candles and blankets, a cup of hot coco- these are a few of my favorite things. Individual items creating an ambiance, a feeling, an overall mood, can be gathered into one simple Danish word: Hyggle. I’ll be honest, this is becoming one of my favorite words and way to describe what I’m needing. Pinterest boards, Insta posts, they all aim to capture the essence of  “hygge”. Somewhat faded filters, eclectic pairings, and natural textures- these all contribute to the homeyness of “hyggle” I dare you right now, type in “hyggle” in your search engine and you’ll get a collection of beautiful photos that make you long to go home from work and take a mental health day....

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December - Turquoise

turquoise watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu Here we all are, almost made it thru 2018 as we stride into the last month of the year. December is so spoiled it has 3, count ‘em, THREE birthstones! Who said it could be that greedy? I guess a lot of things come in threes, so here goes. December is unique in that it has three different birthstones: Zircon, Tanzanite, and Turquoise. We do have limited applications with Tanzanite, but this blog will focus on Turquoise as we utilize it primarily from December’s offerings. Turquoise is the rare opaque birthstone, with a beautiful blue-green color. It’s mineral composition is made up of copper, aluminum and phosphate. One of the oldest known gems to be...

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