Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June Birthstones

June, unlike most other months, has three unique birthstones: Pearl, moonstone and alexandrite. Each have different meanings and different aesthetics. alexandrite is surprisingly  rare and highly sought after. Pearl and moonstone are truly awe inspiring.  June marks the beginning of a splendid summer.

Perfect Pearl


Scientific Information: Pearls are hard spheres formed in the soft tissue of male shelled mollusks. They are made up of calcium carbonate, or a mixture of aragonite and calcite. Pearls have, for centuries, been a very rare and sought after Mineral.

Revealed by Man: Pearl hunting is has been present  throughout much of human  history, first being recorded around 2,206 BCE by a Chinese historian. They were found by fisherman and sold to use as jewelry. They would later become one of the most admirable gems used in jewelry.

Legend and Lore: Pearls have a strong association with the moon in many cultures. Many believe that pearls harness the power of the moon and is often considered a daughter of the moon. One legend says that pearls are the hardened tears of Eve after being banished from Eden.


Miraculous Moonstone
Scientific Information: Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate that has a very unique look. This is due to refraction of light just within the mineral that causes it to glisten unlike any other stone. Moonstone is built up of albite and orthoclase, two different feldspar elements. Revealed By man: Moonstone has been used for millennia in a wide variety of cultures. Moonstones were referenced often in both greek and roman cultures. The mineral experienced a peak of interest with the art nouveau period. Since then it has been used primarily for jewelry. Legend and Lore: Hindu mythology suggests that Moonstones are solidified moonbeams. The mineral is thought to bring calm, peace, and balance to ones life. It is also widely believed to embrace sacred feminine energy.
Admirable Alexandrite

Alexandrite is an extremely rare gemstone that was only discovered in the 19th century. The gem can appear red, yellow, purple or green and changes quite often. Alexandrite is believed to bring good luck and balance in your life. Alexandrite is also connected to romance, as it is the gemstone for the 55 year wedding anniversary. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Memorial Day from
Touchstone Gallery


Memorial day represents all of the men and women who have served to protect our country. Countless lives have been lost in the efforts to obtain and protect our freedom. We offer our deepest condolences and most sincere gratitude to their families. This is a day of celebration for our country. Remember to thank the veterans in your life for their incredible service.

If you have free time between hamburgers and hotdogs, We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst Bonsai trees 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, May 9, 2019

Marvelous Mother’s Day!


Touchstone Gallery is the perfect place for all your mother’s day needs. We have an extensive collection of jewelry that catches the eye and is an excellent way to celebrate the woman who shaped you. Your mother is sure to appreciate your loving gestures and will be reminded that you are thankful.  Additionally, we have many pieces that would compliment any environment perfectly. Put one of our amethyst trees in your living room to add a playful splash of color.  Or use one of our beautiful cathedrals as a centerpiece for your office. Stop into one of our galleries and find the special mother’s day gift you’ve been looking for!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst Bonsai trees 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, May 7, 2019

2019 Lilac Festival




During the weekend of May 17-19, Taos holds its annual Lilac Festival. Lilacs first came to Taos around the year 1900 with the arrival of new American and European citizens. Visit our beautiful Touchstone gallery to see our extravagant Lilac displays. We have a plethora of amethyst hearts that are a perfect gift for your loved ones. These will look terrific next to your vanity or on your desk and are sure to warm hearts. There are a variety of gentle purple hues that glisten in the sunlight and brighten up the entire room. We hope that you will join us at the lilac festival and peruse our new items. If you have any questions, feel free to visit the festivals website: http://www.taoslilacfestival.com/

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst hearts, pink amethyst with pockets of druzy 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, May 2, 2019



Our Taos Team Is Ready To Serve You!

Our Taos team has organized a beautiful selection of amethyst jewelry and specimens. The stunning shades of lavender and purple are perfect gifts for mothers day! Our gorgeous new hanging lilac trellis is sure to catch your eye. Touchstone will be offering guided tours on Fri. the 17th and sat. the 18th from 10am-8pm as well as  sunday the 19th from 10am-7pm. These tours will include information about how amethyst is formed and folklore surrounding the mineral as well as much more... Please join us in celebrating the Lilac festival and admire our broad selection of amethyst pieces.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Touchstone has Handsome (Mexican) Hyalite Opal!

Scientific Information: Hyalite opal is formed in lava as it cools. However,  unlike common opal, hyalite opal loses that opalescent sheen due to a 6% or more amount of water present. When underground gases rise up into the chambers, hyalite opal collects a matte crust.
Revealed by Man: Hyalite opal can be found in Mexico, Australia, and Europe. Hyalite was first discovered in the Zemplen Mountains in Hungary in the mid 1900s.
Legend and Lore: Hyalite opal promotes energy and strengthens your aura. Hyalite opal is said to help clear thoughts, encourage organization, and helps the truth come to the surface. Hyalite opal allows for concentration and serenity

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



Transition from Spring to Summer with Touchstone’s Fresh Summer Line!
Touchstone Galleries has a new and beautiful line of classy jewelry for your summertime wardrobe! We have dendritic opal (far left image and far right image) that provide a youthful addition and respectful aura. Dendritic opal is formed by water and silicon dioxide that create that iridescent look while the dendrites form when there is the presence of iron and manganese. We also have scolecite coupled with fresh water pearls (middle image) that create a gentle, elegant, and simple atmosphere. Scolecite is a rare mineral that forms in volcanic bubbles. Organically, scolecite is comprised of pointed crystals, but formed jewelry, scolecite is shaved down and polished to protect both the owner and the mineral itself. Freshwater pearls are born when a mussel contracts an irritant, like a grain of sand, and begins to coat the irritant in nacre. Both gorgeous pieces represent contentment and change so please let us help you welcome the changing of the seasons!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of dendritic opal, scolecite, freshwater pearls 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.