Tuesday, May 16, 2017

June's Birthstone! Moonstone and Pearl.

Pearls In Jewelry- Pearls are an essential to every jewelry lover’s collection. They come in a variety of vibrant colors such as, pink, brown and black, as well as white and cream. As June’s beautiful birthstone, these mineral gemstones make perfect gifts for people that are born in the summer month.

The pearl’s common off-white color pairs wonderfully with other gemstones such as Amethyst, and White Topaz.
Legend and Lore- Pearls have been a sign of wealth since 2300 B.C. People in China used to believe that pearls would protect them from dragons, and were used as such. Pearls are also commonly used in the same healing way as crystals; as spiritual tokens and to assist in calming and centering.
Science of Pearl Formation- Pearls are the only gemstone that is made by a living organism! A pearl is formed when a piece of sand makes its way into a mollusk, oyster, or mussel. Over time, several layers of nacre, a shiny mucus like substance, form around the grain of sand. This process can take up to seven or eight years, but the result is beautiful.
Revealed By Man- Pearls are discovered by people called “pearl divers”. Most pearl divers work and operate in Japan.  Pearls are found all over the world in places such as Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, and the USA. They are also found in regions of Mexico, Europe, and Australia.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of pearl 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.  

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Mother's Day from Touchstone Gallery!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the lovely moms or moms-to-be! Touchstone Gallery has all of the right glimmering gemstones for the mom you'd like to treat. On the left is a stunning rainbow moonstone, blue and white topaz, and rose quartz necklace. The pendants on the right display the calm tones in aquaprase. We invite you to stop in today at out galleries in Taos, Santa Fe, Sedona, or our online store at http://www.touchstonegalleries.com/ for more! 

Beautiful window-front designs at our Sedona gallery.

New Arrival at Touchstone: Hand-Painted Ammonite Stands

A stunning addition to all of our galleries! You can now find these beautiful, hand-painted ammonite stands in a black, gold, copper, and bronze. The colors of the stands perfectly compliment the ammonites that go within them. Our co-owner and brilliant designer Susan Wilhelm crafted the stands that you can find in Taos, Santa Fe, and Sedona!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New Arrival at Touchstone: Spring Necklaces!

Touchstone Gallery is offering a beautiful springtime piece for anyone who wants to display the season! The stunning blister pearl pendant is strung on rondel rose quartz beads. We invite you to stop in today one of Touchstone Gallery's locations in Sedona, Taos, or Santa Fe to see all of the magnificent bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that will pair with all of your springtime outfits!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Arrival at Touchstone: Lepidolite Owls!

New at Touchstone Gallery! Three beautiful hand-carved lepidolite owls resting on aragonite have arrived just in time for a Spring decoration. These pieces are perfect for anyone who is interested in ornithology, or who appreciates the springtime simplicity these beautiful stones. We invite you to stop into a gallery today and enhance your life with dazzling lepidolite owls!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Colors of "The Irish Isles"

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Touchstone Gallery! We invite you to celebrate with our lovely assortment of festive malachite, peridot, fuschite, and Seraphnite! If you've got a St. Patrick's Day party, or simply just want to be festive this season, we've got the perfect item for an amazingly beautiful Spring.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March's Birthstone: Aquamarine!

{Drawn by Lindsey Wilhelm}

Aquamarine in Jewelry:

            Aquamarine’s light, greenish-blue color makes the gemstone stand out in nearly anything you pair with clothing or other jewelry pieces. Touchstone Gallery offers aquamarine pendants, bracelets, and necklace sets that highlight this gem. Aquamarine is a subtler gem, yet makes a bold statement against earth tones.

Scientific Information:
            Aquamarine is a beryl mineral. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings. The color is traditionally a greenish blue, typically light in tone.

Legend and Lore:
            Many believe the soft and sometimes electrifying color of aquamarine is reminiscent of the ocean. The ancient Greeks thought that aquamarine could protect sailors from the unpredictable seas. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. 

 Revealed by Man:
            The first documented discovery of Aquamarine took place in 1723 in the Adun-Chalon mountains in Siberia. Deposits found at this site were rather abundant and it quickly became the primary site for mining it. The peak of production took place in 1796. Aquamarine is most often found in Russia, Brazil, the United States, Africa, Pakistan, and Siberia.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of aquamarine 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.