Thursday, July 20, 2017

Star Burst Drusy

Star Burst Drusy!
Touchstone Drusy: Touchstone currently has a wide verity of sparkling drusy! With an array of colors and styles you are sure to find the perfect match for your collection, just in time for the solar eclipse! On August 21st, a solar eclipse with occur. Be sure you have your attention grabbing drusy in time for the wonderful and rare event!



Legend and Lore: Drusy is believed to enhance creativity and was globally used in very early times. Quartz drusy was used in hopes and beliefs that it was a stone that could produce rain. Quartz drusy was also believed to be similar to ice and was used as a cooling device.

Geological properties: Drusy is a geological term that is used when quartz or silicon dioxide form a layer with small and tight crystals that commonly line the surface or opening to a cavity or geode of a different rock. Natural drusy gets its beautiful colors based on the type of mineral that it is.

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

We invite you to view our current offerings of agate 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, July 13, 2017

Dreamy Calcite and Fluorite

Dreamy Calcite and Fluorite

At Touchstone: Below we have several pieces that display the beautiful colors of orange calcite, and deep green and purple fluorite. These shimmering examples of the beautiful minerals work great in home décor, or as desk decorations. The classic cut of animal shapes will bring elegance and fun into whatever space you choose.
About Calcite: Calcite is a carbonate mineral that has colors that range from grays to pinks to yellows and oranges.  During the Ordovician and Jurassic era there were so called Calcite Sea’s. Calcite seas were seas with bits of calcite in them. To be specific the seas contained low-magnesium calcite precipitate which was in other words, dissolved calcite. Later on the calcite hardened and crystallized with shells and marine creatures inside of the calcite. Calcite is also formed in caves such as the Glenwood caverns in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Italy is also known to be a great source of calcite.
About Fluorite: Fluorite is formed by hydrothermal solutions rapidly rising. Hydrothermal solutions are watery fluids containing calcium & fluorine. As the solution rises, it created crystals in the hydrothermal veins of the Earth.  The origin of the word fluorite comes from the Latin verb to flow. In Roman times, people thought if you drank alcoholic beverages from a vessel craved from fluorite, it would prevent drunkenness. This mindset was continued through the eighteenth century.


Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of fluorite 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, June 30, 2017

The 4th of July At Touchstone!



The 4th of July At Touchstone!
Touchtone sells a wide variety of red white and blue. You’ll be the most festive at the holiday party with gleaming colored druzy. The fourth of July inspired jewelry below will assist you in showing your pride for your country and your freedom.
The star shaped necklace, featuring deep blue druzy, is sure to be very festive and alluring. In the center of the picture above, there is a pair of blue druzy earrings. When these dangle they are sure to be eye catching. These are not only very festive for this holiday, but also a wonderful piece of jewelry to wear at any time. Also showcased is a white druzy necklace. The elegance and shimmering of the druzy is the perfect necklace to wear on the anniversary of the freedom that we cherish so dearly.

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.