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January is a month associated with new beginnings. The coming of the New Year brings about new life and resolutions for many. This month has seen various birthstones throughout the years and the world, though one remains an absolute constant. Curious? See below for January’s birthstones!

Garnet Chip Necklace

Garnet Chip Necklace


Garnet is the one consistent birthstone of January, dating back to the 15th century and all the way up through today. Its rich, red coloration has been treasured by for centuries, being commonly used for jewelry and decoration. Moreover, Garnet is a stone of passion, protection, deep emotion, and strength.  Folklore states that this gemstone was often exchanged between friends as a token of affection and gratitude.

Red Zircon

Ancient Italian calendars mark red zircon as the birthstone for January. This beautiful red stone is thought to soothe the mind and bring about prosperity in one’s endeavors.


The stone of successful love is also the ancient Tibetan birthstone for January. Emerald promotes loyalty, compassion, and domestic bliss by opening and calming the heart chakra.

Serpent Stone

This strange stone is the ancient Hindu birthstone for January. Serpent stone (or snake stone) is shrouded in mystery, with experts debating its origin and folk properties to this day. It may even be a fossil of some kind!

Birthstones at Crystal Life

We hand-select all our stones here at Crystal Life. After hundreds of thousands of years in the earth, they are eager to begin work with their new human partners! When stones arrive at Crystal Life they are welcomed warmly by staff members and the store’s resident nature spirits. The stones are energetically cleared on a regular basis, to help them maintain their own inherent peaceful characteristics and personalities while being visited by so many store guests.

We would love to stay connected with you via our various avenues of communication – Facebook, PinterestInstagramYouTube Twitter and the Nature Spirit Community.  You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter at the bottom of this page.

What are your birthstones? Learn more by visiting our Library page here!

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Hours: M-Sat 10am -5pm, Sun 11am – 5pm

While we don’t require a coat and tie, or even shoes :) – we do require a face mask.

To comply with social distancing mandates, we must limit guests to 6 at a time inside the store. If we are full we will ask you to sign up on our wait list and wait outside. We are asking that everyone limit their shopping time to 30 minutes so that more people have a chance to get that special stone that they need!

We are still providing prepaid order pickup at our door for orders placed the day before.

Our staff is doing everything we can to keep our store safe and clean. We clean throughout the day and spend an hour every day after close disinfecting using various methods. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We so look forward to seeing all our friends once again!