Thursday, January 25, 2018

February’s Birthstone: Amazing Amethyst

Amethyst in Jewelry and Home Décor: Not only is Amethyst February’s amazing birthstone, it is perfect for jewelry and home décor as well. The classic purple color gives every space, or outfit, a sense of sophistication and elegance.  Touchstone carries a wide variety of this beautiful gemstone. From small glimpses in jewelry, to large cathedrals for home décor. No matter the range of sizes, the shimmering glow of this gorgeous mineral is truly amazing!

Legend and Lore: Amethyst has been a very popular mineral through many decades and cultures. Many believe that it has healing powers that will keep them clear-headed. It was once considered a precious gem such as rubies or diamonds are today.

Mineral Formation: The presence of iron in the gemstone gives it its radiant purple color. The amazing gemstone is a variety of quartz. Amethyst can form in a variety of different crystals based on location, but the most common type of amethyst crystal is a stubby pyramidal crystal. Amethyst crystals are common in places like Brazil, France, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia and Uruguay.


Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst 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, January 4, 2018

January’s Birthstone! Glorious Garnet!
Garnet in Jewelry and Décor: Garnet has a wide range of natural colors, making it an interesting and beautiful stone to use in jewelry. Garnet, having multiple vibrant colors, is sometimes confused with other popular gems. Touchstone Gallery currently offers a wide variety of this truly glorious birthstone.


Scientific Information: The six most common types of garnet are Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartite, Grossular, Andradite, and Uvarovite. Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. A green garnet also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.

Legend and Lore: Traditionally, garnets are given as a gift on a 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. This is because garnet is said to be a representation of love, purity, truth, and compassion. Many people also believe that garnet has several therapeutic properties. Garnets were also often used as signet rings in ancient Rome, and the nobility favored garnets in the Middle Ages.

Touchstone Gallery invites you to view our current offerings of garnet 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




Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December’s Birthstone! Striking Zircon!

Zircon in Jewelry: Zircon comes in a large variety of colors, which makes this gem perfect for jewelry making. Yellow-brown to orange and red zircon are the most common. Blue is the most popular, but its color is obtained through the heating of brown zircon. Zircon is commonly confused for being a diamond.


Legend and Lore: Zircon’s name is derived from Persian word “zargun” meaning golden-colored. Throughout the years, many have wondered if Zircon is a dangerous crystal due to its radioactivity. It has since been proven that there is very little to no danger when it comes to these crystals. Especially when Zircon is in jewelry or on a small scale, there is truly no need to worry about health risks.

Revealed by Man: Zircon is the oldest known mineral on the planet, dating back 4.5 billion years. The oldest piece of Zircon was found in Australia, but Cambodia, Brazil, Korea, and Madagascar are also large sources for the beautiful gem. 


Touchstone Gallery invites you to view our current offerings of zircon 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, November 7, 2017

Alluring Topaz

Alluring Topaz
Topaz in Jewelry: Topaz is Novembers beautiful birth stone! Topaz can be a range of colors such as London (dark) blue to Swiss blue, burnt orange, clear (white topaz), and mystic topaz (a collage of color). Touchstone Gallery currently has a wide variety of alluring Topaz.



Legend and Lore: The ancient Hebrew High Priests, mentioned in the Book of Exodus, had a breastplate filled with 12 stones to protect the gate to heaven. Topaz was one of these stones.  As a healing stone, Topaz is said to help with blood disorders, promotes rejuvenation, and helps in curing endocrine problems, thrombosis and asthma along with several other diseases. The Greeks believed that Topaz also had the power to increase strength.

Science of Mineral Formation: Topaz occurs in pegmatites. It is also found in high temperature quartz veins and sometimes in granite and rhyolites. The element chromium causes natural pink, red, and violet-to-purple colors in topaz. Imperfections at the atomic level in topaz crystal structure can cause yellow, brown, and blue color. Brown is a common topaz color. Topaz is commonly mislabeled as “smokey quartz”.


Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of many 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, November 2, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Touchstone!

Happy Thanksgiving from Touchstone!

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to say thank you. We at Touchstone would love to say thank you to all our customers, and followers, and we would like to make it easy to say thank you to your loved ones as well! Touchstone is currently offering a wide variety of gifts perfect for the autumn season. These gems and fine pieces of jewelry present beautiful fall tones.


 The pieces featured above include two amazing petrified wood bowls, petrified wood book ends, a petrified wood sample in an egg shape, and a petrified wood slab. These amazing pieces will warm up your area with their gorgeous natural colors!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of many 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, October 24, 2017

Pink Month!

Pink Month!

October is breast cancer awareness month. Don't forget to wear pink to support breast cancer survivors, remember those who have passed, and celebrate the steps we are taking to end cancer together!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of 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, October 10, 2017


Fall Collection!

It’s Autumn which means it’s the time for giving! It’s also the time for warm earth tones. Touchstone offers a wide variety of fall colored jewelry and home décor. These lovely and elegant pieces will give you the warm feeling you crave during the fall season.



Beautiful ambers, jaspers, and Touchstone’s other variety of gems will match the amazing autumn leaves, and add a touch of warmth to your day.

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.