Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Taurus Birthstone: Stunning Sapphire

Sapphires in Jewelry- Sapphires are beautiful and lively gemstones. The wide variety of colors sapphires come in make them wonderful to use in jewelry. The most common color of sapphire used in jewelry is a deep, royal blue color. Sapphires are the birthstone for the zodiac sign of Taurus and the perfect gift for someone born under that sign.  



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, though. Ancient Persian’s believed the sky was colored blue because of the reflection of sapphires and ancient lore often speculates that the Ten Commandments were written on sapphire slabs. Kings wore sapphire to defend themselves from harm.

Science of Sapphire Formation- Sapphire is a variety of corundum. The main coloring element found in sapphires is aluminum. Other elements that are often found in sapphires are iron, titanium, and chromium. These elements make sapphires the gorgeous colors they are. Blue is the most common color of sapphires, but they also come in virtually every other color as well, including yellow, green, white, colorless, pink, orange, brown, and purple.



Revealed by Man- Sapphires have been found in Vietnam, United States of America, India, Columbia, China, Kenya, and many other African nations. Sapphires are found in many different kinds of rocks and are very popular in jewelry. They are cut and polished and then put into jewelry.

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.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.   


Friday, April 25, 2014

New Additions: Triceratops Fossils

Decors Factors and Suggestions – Triceratops, a dinosaur that went extinct a long time ago, can come alive in your home or office with these exciting fossils! Pictured below are two new triceratops toe bones that are on display in our galleries and in our web store. The neutral tan color makes them easy to incorporate into any décor setting. These fossils are one of kind, usually two or three of these large fossils fitting together to make a full triceratops toe.




These triceratops toes would look captivating if placed where there is direct light, so that one can appreciate all of the intricacies of the fossils. In addition to these toes, we have also recently obtained a triceratops horn. This horn is roughly eighteen inches long and five inches thick. When displayed on a stand, the horn looks absolutely stunning and intriguing, full of history.

Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore – Did you know the name triceratops is a bit misleading? The triceratops actually only had two horns, the third “horn” was made of soft proteins, rather than hard proteins like the real horns. Triceratops lived in the same ecosystems as T-Rexes and were often eaten by these much larger dinosaurs for lunch! Triceratops are known for their very big heads, which were one third the length of their entire bodies. Nobody really knows the purpose of the triceratops horns, but it is known that these dinosaurs out lived many other dinosaurs.

The Science of Fossil Formation – There are many different theories as to why the dinosaurs went extinct. All we do know for sure is that they went extinct 65 million years ago. There are two major theories, though. Many believe it was either an asteroid impact or volcanic activity. Either way, the dinosaurs, including the triceratops went extinct and left us with their fossils to discover!

Revealed by Man – Triceratops is the state fossil of South Dakota and has been found all over that state. They have also been found in Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota, and in Canada.

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

We invite you to view our current offerings of triceratops fossils and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.  

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Did You Know?



Cave bears live around 27,500 years ago. This species of bear got its name because its remains were often found in caves. It is believed that these bears spent more time in caves than their cousins, the brown bears, who only use caves for hibernation. Most cave bears died during hibernation, but it is also speculated that cave bears suffered from a long list of health problems. Many scientists believe that early humans held religious ceremonies that involved cave bears. Many early humans kept cave bear skulls as trophies after these ceremonies. This complete cave bear skeleton is on display in our Santa Fe gallery. Stop by and check out this ferocious beast!  

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Additions: Prasiolite Geode Cocktail Tables

Decors Factors and Suggestions – Prasiolite is a stunning variety of quartz. These large prasiolite geode tables are just some of the exciting and fun new additions to Touchstone Gallery. The thousands of crystals sparkle beautifully and are very eye catching, making these tables amusing décor additions. The light green color is characteristic of prasiolite. This color is subtle, yet very elegant.




These tables are smaller, ranging in height from eighteen inches to twenty inches, making them perfect accent cocktail tables. These tables really do have a story to tell, making them perfect for your home or office. Their amazing exquisiteness make them one of a kind; prasiolite is a very rare mineral!

Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore – In Greek, prasiolite means leek-green stone, referring to the green leafy vegetable. Quartz varieties, like prasiolite, have been used for centuries. It was discovered that some of the tools made over 2.5 million years ago in the Omo Valley of Ethiopia were made of quartz and quartz varieties.

The Science of Fossil Formation – Prasiolite occurs from amethyst or citrine that undergoes radiation treatment or from the presence of iron in the mineral. Sometimes, prasiolite occurs near hot springs because of the heat and the concentration of iron. Prasiolite formations often look like stalactites and cactus flowers. Prasiolite is occurs naturally very rarely, but both of the geode table are natural specimen.

Revealed by Man – Prasiolite is usually found alongside amethyst in metamorphic, igneous and volcanic rocks. Natural prasiolite has been found in Brazil, Canada, Namibia, Poland, Tanzania, U.S.A., and Zambia. Most prasiolite comes from the Montezuma mines at Minas Gerais, Brazil.

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


We invite you to view our current offerings of prasiolite and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Did You Know?



There are three different varieties of tourmaline. The schorl species varies from brown to black, the dravite species, which comes from a region in Austria, come in colors ranging from yellow to deep browns, and the elbaite species, which was named after the Italian island they were found on, come in many different colors, including radiant red, pretty pink, beaming blue, graceful green, and clear, translucent variety. This stunning necklace pairs colorful tourmaline with freshwater pearls, making this one dazzling necklace.  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Get to Know Your Gallery- Sedona

Welcome to Touchstone Gallery of Sedona where nature’s art is etched in stone. The red desert stone and marvelous mountains make a gorgeous backdrop. The town of Sedona embraces Touchstone Gallery’s motto, full of pre-historic treasures and landscapes. Conveniently located in Sedona’s uptown Sinagua Plaza, Touchstone Gallery of Sedona brings the beauty of minerals, fossils, jewelry, and home décor to Northern Arizona. Although this is one of our newer locations, we bring with us twenty plus years of knowledge about minerals and fossils alike.


The town of Sedona was founded in 1902 and incorporated in 1988. The first Anglo-American settler moved to Sedona in 1876. Sedona was the host to more than sixty Hollywood movies during the 1970’s, making it a popular film destination. Sedona has mild winters and summers, making it a wonderful place to visit any season. The beautiful red rocks in Sedona, called the Schnebly Hill Formation, make this town a gorgeous tourist destination. Sedona is home to many festivals and events throughout the year and is full of art and southwestern spirit. 


Touchstone Gallery of Sedona is sure to have the southwest souvenir or mineral jewelry you are looking for. Come explore our gallery with products ranging from wooly mammoth tusks to a multi colored tourmaline necklace, both members of our signature collection. Full of wonderful products, make sure to stop by our Sedona Gallery the next time you are touring Northern Arizona.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April- Crystal Quartz

Crystal Quartz in Jewelry- Crystal quartz is one of the alternative birthstones for April and crystal quartz jewelry is the perfect present for an April birthday. The shiny qualities in crystal quartz make it a beautiful addition to any piece of jewelry. It is very versatile and can be paired with many other colors.




 Crystal Quartz in Décor- The variety of shapes available of quartz crystals makes fitting one of these lovely pieces into your décor incredibly simple. Whether you are looking for a simple addition for your book shelf or for a stunning center piece, look no further. Crystal quartz has unlimited opportunities. Crystal quartz truly shines when placed where natural light can pass through. The captivating crystals will cast a rainbow of colors on the walls and surfaces surrounding. Place your crystal quartz on a window sill or in a well lit room so that you can enjoy all of the beauty it has to offer.


Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore – Roman naturalist, philosopher, and author Pliny the Elder had an interesting theory related to quartz. He believed that quartz was ice, which was permanently frozen after a great deal of time. He supported his theory by saying that it was found near glaciers in the Alps. He also recommended that large crystal quartz were formed into spheres so people could handle then and cool off their hands. Pliny the Elder’s idea influenced the naming of the mineral, the word crystal comes from the Greek word for ice, but Pliny’s theory only lasted until the 17th century. 

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


We invite you to view our current offerings of crystal quartz and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.