Friday, May 16, 2014

New Additions: Sigilmassasaurus Vertebrate

Décor Factors and Suggestions- These dinosaur vertebrate can be the backbone of your décor! The rich history contained in these fossils is incredible, dating back to the middle of the Cretaceous period, around 100 to 94 million years ago. These fascinating fossils are sure to look spectacular, whether they are placed in a home or office. Each of these vertebrate fossils have a variety of colors if you look closely. The greens, purples, browns, and tans make these magnificent fossils.

These sigilmassasaurus vertebrate would look nice if placed on a desk or bookshelf, drawing in attention and awe. These fossils would look nice with a variety of colors, due to their neutrality. The stimulating shape of these fossils makes them interesting décor additions.

Legend and Lore- The sigilmassasaurus was a carnivore, meaning it ate meat. This dinosaur was also bipedal, meaning it walked on two feet. They were moderately built dinosaurs, so they were an average size compared to other dinosaurs and creatures of that time. Not many sigilmassasaurus fossils have been found and the only kind of fossil ever found has been vertebrate. These dinosaurs were believed to have weight around 3,000 pounds stand about 10 feet tall, and was about 25 feet in length.

Science of Fossil Formation- Sigilmassasaurus has been found in red sandstone sediments in Morocco and other parts of North Africa. This red sandstone sediment dates back to the Cenomanian period, the earliest stage of the Late Cretaceous Period, which means these fossils are roughly 94 to 100 million years old.

Revealed by Man- The sigilmassasaurus was named by Canadian paleontologist Dale Russell in 1996. The first fossil of this dinosaur was found in Morocco. A vocal minority of scientists to not believe that sigilmassasaurus is an actually genus of dinosaur. Many think that these fossils may belong to a different dinosaur.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone

We invite you to view our current offerings of vertebrate 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   

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Did You Know?

This mineral was named alligator quartz because it is thought that the pattern of the crystals looks like alligator or crocodile skin. In fact, alligator quartz is also known as jacare quartz, which is alligator in
Portuguese. This piece of alligator quartz is from Minais Gerais, Brazil and is beautiful smoky light brown color. Alligator quartz is also interesting because the crystals all point the same direction. You can check out this large alligator quartz specimen at our Santa Fe gallery. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Diplodocus- Darling Dino

Décor Factors and Suggestions- These different diplodocus fossils are very intriguing décor additions. It is like having a piece of history on display in your home or office! All of these fossils come complete with a stand, ready to be displayed. These fossils come from the Jurassic Period, which started 145 million years ago!

Touchstone Gallery offers two kinds of diplodocus fossils. The first, pictured on the right, is a tail chevron bone. This bone was on the underside of the dinosaur and served to protect the tail and crucial elements of the tail, including blood vessels and nerves, when the animal put weight on its tail. The other kind of fossil, in the first two pictures above, are feet bones.

Legend and Lore- Diplodocus was one of the longest living dinosaurs and was an enormous creature. These were estimated to weigh around 15 tons and were around 108 feet long! These long neck dinosaurs were herbivores. Imagine the amount of plant life that these humongous animals ate! This dinosaur had four long sturdy legs to hold up its immense body.

Science of Fossil Formation- Scientists use a very special method of dating fossils. The process is known as radiometric dating, also known radioactive dating.  This way of dating fossils relies on isotopes, which are chemical variants of elements like uranium or carbon, to determine age.

Revealed by Man- The first diplodocus fossil was found in 1877 in Colorado. Other diplodocus fossils have been found in Utah, Montana, and Wyoming. Diplodocus is one of the most famous and commonly known dinosaurs because of the large number of casts that are on display in museums. Full skeletal casts of a diplodocus currently are on display in Berlin, London, Paris, Pittsburg, and Vienna.

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

Friday, May 2, 2014

Get To Know Your Gallery: Website

Welcome to Touchstone Gallery on the web, where nature’s art is etched in stone. Although we do have four locations all over Arizona and New Mexico, it is important to know that we are also on the web! Our web store is full of fun products, offering what you know and love about our galleries, but just a click away. Our website brings the beauty of our minerals, gemstone jewelry, fossils, and décor additions to the whole world.  The knowledge and expertise you find in our galleries is expanded on our website!

Our website is a relatively new addition to the Touchstone Gallery family, but just as fascinating and interesting as our galleries. Our website has many fun features, including icons that can take you to our different social networking sites, our different locations, an about section that has information about the business, information about upcoming events, our contact information, and many different categories of products to look at. Each product is carefully photographed multiple times so that its true beauty will be seen. 

Touchstone Gallery on the web has thousands of captivating and intriguing products, from beautiful ammonite fossils to necklace, earring, and bracelet sets. The next time you are surfing the web, make sure to check out Click around and see all or web store and social media outlets have to offer. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Did You Know?

The oldest amber ever recovered was around 320 million years old and from the Upper Carboniferous period. Amber has been used in jewelry and ornaments since the middle ages. Roman women used amber as a fashion accessory and Rome even sent troops to protect and control precious amber deposits.  This amber belt was designed by co-owner Susan Heike-Wilhelm and is a fun, fashionable way to sport nature’s art etched in stone