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

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Touchstone Gallery Photo Contest!

Today Touchstone is kicking off a photo contest to win $100!! Here are the rules:
1. Take a pic with a marked piece
2. Upload it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with the #OnlyAtTouchstone
3. You're entered to win!
The Contest will end September 1st. Have fun and good luck!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Did you know? Morrisonite

Décor and Home Design:
          Morrisonite’s brilliance can shine through in both jewelry and home décor. Since there is a wide array of colors, you can match morrisonite in any room of your home and office. In home décor, you typically find striking slabs of the mineral displayed on tables or as bookends. You can also transform these pieces into centerpieces and bowls. No matter the use, morrisonite is guaranteed to bring an urban wonder into your life.
Legend and Lore:
          Morrisonite is known for its crystal healing properties. Crystal healers use Morrisonite to heal G.U.R.D., spinal and limb ailments, and headaches. It is also said to balance your heart chakra. Morrisonite has also been a favorite gem (Jasper) since ancient times. It has been referred to in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.
Gem and Mineral Formation:
          Morrisonite is simply a branch of Jasper, yet scientists have argued about the true origin. The mineral has a hexagonal crystal structure. Morrisonite jasper is a petrified or silicated mud that drips into gas pockets in molten lava. It was superheated then solidified, creating the liquidous patters in the stone.
Revealed by Man:
          This outstanding ornamental gem was discovered in eastern Oregon by a James Morrison. The gem was then named after him in 1947 and that is how Morrisonite came to be. Morrisonite Jaspar has deposits found all over the world. There are large collections in areas of Mexico and Madagascar.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Rockstar Retiring!

Today is an amazing employee’s last day at Touchstone. We wish her all the best throughout her retirement. Karen Brown has spent the past 15 years connecting people to the gifts that Mother Nature gives us. She’s shown us that this is an opportunity like no other and extremely rewarding. We’re happy to see you going off to drink tea and take time for yourself, but you will be sincerely missed.
Wishing you the best,
Touchstone Gallery