Thursday, September 22, 2016

Inlaid Megalodon Teeth

We are very excited to announce our new arrivals of framed, inlaid megalodon teeth. The new treasures are exquisite megalodon teeth inlaid with striking gemstones. Two of the teeth display the green-blue colors of chrysocolla, and another tooth is dark blue sodalite. The amazing feature, alongside these dazzling fossils, are the handmade shadowboxes that are encompassing the teeth. Uniquely displayed, you are able to open the box and take out your natural wonder to show your megalodon tooth off.




To learn more, head over to: http://www.touchstonegalleries.com/megalodon-tooth-inlaid-with-chrysocolla_8_1162_33033.html

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Luxurious Onyx Mirrors

We invite you to visit our Sedona gallery to see the stylish and functional onyx mirrors! No matter what room they’re placed in, you’re guaranteed an added level of sophistication and beauty. A Touchstone Gallery onyx mirror is perfect for any room where you may bring the outside in as a customer has demonstrated in their lake house. It will also be a brilliant contrast for a wall in an office or in large rooms. The photo on the left is how customers in Northern Michigan displayed it elegantly over their dining room table where they gather and enjoy the view. How would you use this mirror in your home? Would you use it to start your day? Weather you get the orange cream or brown cream color, the mirror will easily harmonize with your space. The two sizes are 24 ½ inches and 26 ½ inches. What room would these mirrors fit best in your house or office? Where would they live to impress?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Curious Metal: Copper


Copper in Jewelry and Home Décor:
                If copper is in a polished form, you can accent a dark-colored desk or table with the shimmery luster. Touchstone Gallery just received these beautiful copper pendants with gems inlayed in raw copper. The natural dents and ripples the copper displays are simply stunning thanks to the cooling process. Wherever copper is placed, it electrifies its surroundings by its warming aesthetics. Copper jewelry will bring enduring beauty to those who wear it, and give a robust attitude to any room when used as a piece in décor, as in our Kohler lamps.
Legend and Lore:
                Copper is one of the oldest minerals we know of, dating back to 9000 B.C. The word “copper” is derived from the Greek word “kypros”, which was the location of the copper mine on the island of Cyprus. The Greek Gods were said to be correlated with different metals of distinction. The Greek goddess Venus represented copper in mythology. She was associated with copper because of the lustrous beauty copper held. Cyprus was a sacred location to the goddess according to mythology, making copper all the more special. Even within the Native American culture, copper plays an important role as well. At the time, extraction was a very difficult process, but they valued the wealth it was said to bring and went through the excruciating process by building a fire upon the deposits then suddenly extinguishing the flame to create small cracks in the rock. After this process was repeated a few times, they could use their tools to remove the deposits!
Information on Copper:
                The formation of copper occurs after the solidification of molten rocks. Molten rock naturally contains copper, so when it is melting the content of copper becomes concentrated. The molten rock begins to cool and solidify and the copper still remains as a concentrated liquid. Once the rock is almost solid, it begins to shrink and crack. When the rock cracks, the copper begins to fill the cracks and spaces and finally the copper solidifies. Copper deposits are then formed and you can start the extraction!
Revealed by man:
                Native copper is said to be used in some of the oldest civilizations on record. Geologists estimate it was discovered at around 9000 BC (The Copper Age) in the Middle East. The deposits in Michigan are the biggest native copper deposits in the world and have been copper producers for hundreds of years. There are even large mines in our home states of Arizona and New Mexico. Arizona has produced 90 billion pounds of copper in its history, making Arizona the leader in copper production since 1910!
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of native copper and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sapphire: September's Birthstone


Sapphire in Jewelry:
        Depending on the style of jewelry you like, we have just the thing! The earrings we have on the left would be wonderful for your September birthday dinner or any other event! The robust necklace, pictured in the top write, truly signifies the spirit of fall through all of its warm colors.

Gem Information:
        Sapphire is the second hardest substance on Earth after the diamond, rating a 9 on the Mohs scale. The traditional color of sapphire is a deep, rich blue. The coloring is due to the presence of aluminum. Sapphire also comes in green, red, sunset orange, purple, and rose. Since sapphire is an aluminum oxide, or corundum, there is a very thin line between ruby and sapphire itself. Red sapphire is typically sold as quality sapphire instead of low-grade ruby.

Legend and Lore:
        Sapphire has always been associated with royalty and romance, notably when Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring. This ring is now worn by Princess Kate, the wife of Princess Diana’s son William. Sapphire have been considered royal long before then. The metaphysical properties of sapphire are truly outstanding! In the ancient and medieval world, sapphires blue signified hope and faith. The blue sky was to be believed as a reflection of those properties thanks to sapphire.

Revealed by Man:
        There are only three predominate areas that have sapphire: Kashmir, Shiri Lanka, and Myanmar. Although as of 2007, Madagascar had been the leading producer of sapphire. Luckily, through Touchstone Galleries, we have them right here in the US for you to purchase!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone

We invite you to view our current offerings of sapphire and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.   

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pargasite: A Perfect Piece

Pargasite in Home Décor:
        The piece of pargasite that Touchstone Gallery has recently acquired is a highly collected and valuable item. Not only is it in bright green form, but it is also displayed on marble. This attractive piece would look fantastic on a table or office desk. Anyone who would get a glimpse of this pargasite on marble would wonder at is delicacy and ornateness.
Mineral and Gem Information:
        Most specimens of pargasite come in brown or dark green hues. A collector quality specimen at Touchstone Gallery, however, has leaf green pargasite on marble! On the hardness scale, Pargasite rated around 5-6 Mohs. Pargasite forms within high temperature metamorphic rocks around igneous intrusions.
Revealed by Man:
        Pargasite was originally found in Pargas, Finland in 1814 and was given the name after where it was discovered. Touchstone Gallery’s specimen was sourced from Vietnam, but many other pieces can be found in Canada, Venezuela, California and Scotland.
Legend and Lore:
        Pargasite is said to work very closely with the heart chakra. The astrological sign it is aligned with is Sagittarius. Supposedly, with the use of this gem, you can break down the “walls” around your heart to protect ourselves from hurt.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of pargasite and other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Peridot – August Birthstone


Peridot in Jewelry:
This pendant, designed by Marta Howell is resting on rough peridot in basalt. It shows how elegantly peridot can be exhibited. The warm yet light green color of peridot resembles the new leaves of Spring. Peridot twinkles under the sunlight and never fails to guarantee a stunning declaration of beauty. Touchstone Gallery is able to provide you with the ambiance that peridot provides throughout jewelry necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. We also offer peridot in rough on basalt and individual polished gemstones.
Gem and Mineral Information:  

          Typically, gemstones have a wide range of coloring, however peridot is different. The spectrum of a typical sample you’ll find of peridot is a brown-green to yellow-green. Peridot is a gemstone that is formed deep within volcanoes and is then brought to the surface over time. Today, the majority of Peridot comes from Arizona, New Mexico, Pakistan and Myanmar. Peridot can also have an interstellar link! Scientists have recently found the gem in some meteors that have fallen to earth. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, iron being the reason for the green color of the mineral.
Revealed by Man:
          As one of the oldest minerals on Earth, there are shocking records that the mining of peridot started as early as 1500 B.C.! It is often speculated that Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridot.
Legend and Lore:
          Peridot is said to be able to eliminate your nightmares and bring you power throughout the next year, it’s a magical gemstone! If you know someone whose birthday is in August, head over to Touchstone Gallery for the perfect enchanting stone!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of peridot and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Heartfelt Cure Collection


The Heartfelt Cure Collection is very near and dear to the hearts at Touchstone Gallery. Susan Heike-Wilhelm, co-owner, designed and created these thoughtful pieces. When you hear the word “cancer” you may think about your family members, friends, or even yourself. However, at Touchstone, we refuse to let the hope vanish from those effected by cancer. There is a clear flow of recovery and remembrance within the stones of these pieces. You can find this intricacy within the pendants, earrings and bracelets.  The stunning white topaz that you see at the bottom of the earrings and pendant, and in the middle of the bracelet signifies the wondrous purity of a cure.

After all of the stages of the unknown, the clarity of remission enlightens and cares for you after such a difficult struggle. The other blush pink hearts signify the different stages of having or loving someone with cancer. This includes fining out the diagnosis, different stages of treatment, and possible relapses along the way. At the end of the bracelet near the circle clasp, you see a very small heart. Within this small drusy heart is remembrance of all those who lost their battle to this disease. In order for Touchstone Gallery to do as much as we can to find a cure, Susan and Joseph Wilhelm, owners of the Touchstone Galleries are honored to contribute proceeds from these beautifully crafted art-forms to the American Cancer Society Research department, to one day realize the cure. To all struggling with cancer, maintain your hope and have a heartfelt spirit of inspiration.
Best Wishes,
Touchstone Gallery