Thursday, October 4, 2018


Ammolite & Ammonite




We currently have an absolutely gorgeous ammonite slice with pieces of ammolite gently and artistically implemented into the fossil. Incorporating a beautiful array of colors, each pendant attests to the fact that Autumn has arrived. Bundle up in your warm Autumn apparel and bedazzle it by selecting one of our colorful ammolite pendants!

What is an ammonite?
            An ammonite is an ancient marine animal that has been extinct for over 65 million years. It’s name was derived from the Egyptian god Ammon because the fossil looks like a ram’s horn and Ammon had the horns of a ram.

What is ammolite?
            Ammolite is a gemstone that is found on the outside of the shell of an ammonite. Much like a pearl, ammolite is constructed with nacre. It is a biogenic gemstone meaning it is a byproduct of a living creature or what used to be a living creature, which is a very rare case.



Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of ammolite and ammonite as well as 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, September 27, 2018

It's Balloon Fiesta Season!




Balloons are flying, there’s a chill in the air, warm up your wardrobe with our beautiful pieces of amber! Our selection includes Baltic Amber in wonderful Fall tones of butter, cognac, and green glitter. You’re invited to check out our galleries and website for our wide collection with many price points!


Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
Come view our current offerings of amber 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 30, 2018


September's Birthstone

 


Sincerely Sapphire


Sapphire necklace: multicolored sapphires and sterling silver.

Scientific Information:
          Sapphire forms in molten rock that slowly cools below the Earth’s surface commonly known as igneous rocks. Sapphire is a variation of corundum; another commonly heard variation is rubies. Sapphires are known for their royal blue hue but they can come in many other colors, excluding red. Synthetic sapphires are often used in windows.

Revealed by Man:
          Sapphires were first mined in Kashmir, Pakistan in the late 1800s because they encouraged holiness for those deemed royal. Currently, sapphires are commercially mined for in Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, East Africa and mostly a single location in North America, Montana.

Legend and Lore:
          Sapphires symbolize wisdom and robust self-esteem. Sapphires promote virtue and good luck. In engagement rings and wedding rings alike, sapphires stands for sincerity, trust, respect, communication, and faithfulness.

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 9, 2018




August's Birthstone: Provoking Peridot

Revealed by Man:
Peridot was first mined by Ancient Egyptians, sought after for the beauty and safety peridot was fabled to provide. There have been several investigations on whether or not Cleopatra’s collection of emeralds was in fact peridot. Peridot is Arizona’s state stone and is largely mined there.

Legend and Lore:
Peridot has often been tied to light and the sun. It was believed to protect people from the dangers of the night and evil spirits. Peridot is also believed to promote inspiration in dreamers and seekers.

Scientific Information:
Peridot forms deep within the Earth and is brought to the surface with the force of volcanoes. Considered semi-precious as a cousin of olivine.

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.


Thursday, June 21, 2018




Touchstone Galleries Exclusive Risers

Touchstone Galleries now offers exclusive display risers created by a New Mexican metal artist. Sturdy, reliable and pleasant to the eyes of a minimalist, these risers are subtle and do not deflect attention from the “object of beauty” it displays.

We offer 7 exclusive sizes. Check out our website for a more detailed description and their prices.

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

We invite you to view our current offerings of risers as well as 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, June 15, 2018


Pre-historic Era Appreciation


Approximately 200 million years ago, it was claimed that dinosaurs ruled the Earth and later proven through the geology which unearthed many of their fossilized skeptical figures. In honor of the Jurassic Period and other pre-historic times, Touchstone Galleries would like to take you back to those times and offer you a tour though any of our galleries and web-site to view our incredible collection of pre-historic bones and fossils.


We offer a mosasaur skull, a hadrosaur maiasaura femur and a diplodocus foot bone (featured below). For the younger minds, we offer wooly mammoth t-shirts, fossilized coprolite (100 + Million year old poop) and a fossilized collection of 12 identified specimens.



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


Meet the doorman at our lovely Santa Fe location!


Thursday, May 31, 2018


Perfect Pearls



Scientific Information:
Pearls are formed when an unwanted individual (such as sand) invades a mussel, clam, or oyster. The organism that is being invaded then begins to plaster the invader with nacre, that iridescent gloss you see on pearls. The nacre prevents the invader from doing any damage. The organism continues lathering on the nacre until the invader is no longer a threat, becoming a beautiful pearl.
Revealed by Man:
Pearls are incredibly universal. They symbolize absolute purity and are found to be significant to religions all over the world. Some of the earliest known fascinations with pearls dates back to the Chinese before 5th Century BC when Egyptians started to use them in décor. In the 1800s, fishing had drastically reduce the number of oysters around Europe, therefore raising the price of the beautiful gemstone so high that only the rich could afford pearls, thus connecting them to the image of royalty.
Legend and Lore:
Pearl is often tied to being wholesome and the significance of tradition. In many June weddings, the bride and the bride’s mother will wear a string of Culture Pearls, which are pristine white, perfectly spherical, and are the most common pearls. Pearls also revere an astrological significance, binding it’s beauty to Venus. Like the roman goddess of beautiful, pearls also came from the sea.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of fresh water pearls, soft shell pearls, mabe pearls, oyster pearls, blister pearls, culture pearls, and many other fascinating natural art pieces [some shown above] 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.