Wednesday, February 25, 2015

K-2: A Mountain’s Beautiful Stone







K-2 in Jewelry: This intriguing stone is a rare new stone that is being shaped into cabochons and  is just now being designed into jewelry pieces. Touchstone has a variety of  K-2 mineral jewelry pieces to offer from a bedazzling pendant to glamorous blue earrings! This stone was recently discovered and Touchstone is now displaying one of the first jewelry design pieces particularly for this stone.


 Legend and Lore:  The K-2 Mountain, also known as the savage mountain, is only 800 feet shorter than Mount Everest. However, K-2 is a harder climb than Mount Everest. The death rate of this mountain is 25%. Although, this stone has just been recently discovered there are still myths and legends for granite and azurite. Azurite is a stone that ranges from a medium blue to a deep blue and the Egyptians grounded this stone into powder for the use of eye shadow. The Red Pyramid of Egypt was made out of granite, and this pyramid is one of the largest in Egypt.


Science of the Stone: K-2 is a rare and recently discovered stone found at the base of the K-2 Mountain. This stone is granite with orbicular mixtures of azurite. However, scientists are still arguing whether the blue in the granite is azurite, afghanite or lapis.

Revealed by Man: K-2 was a recently discovered mineral and is mined in the foothills around the world’s second largest mountain, K-2. The second largest mountain, K-2 is located on the borders of Pakistan and China. Deposits of the stone can only be found around the mountain.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of K-2 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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Did You Know?



Did you know that the colors of an abalone shell are all based off of the oyster’s diet? Abalone shells also known as the Pāua shell are home to oysters. These colors are created on the inside of the shell and the layers of the shell are consisted of protein and calcium and refract iridescent colors much the way opals do. This is the reason why the shell is nick named as the opal of the sea. The variety in colors results in the amount of nutrients and the different colors and types of seaweed these sea creatures tend to eat. How wonderful!  

Monday, February 9, 2015

February: Amethyst

Amethyst in Jewelry and Home Décor: Amethyst is a beautiful, purple gem that is commonly used ornamentally in jewelry and is designed into home décor pieces. Touchstone gallery has many pieces of amethyst to offer, ranging from delightful, elegant jewelry pieces to small mineral clusters to large spectacular home décor pieces!



The necklace pictured above has a sophisticated look to it and facets beautiful drusy to accent the sophisticated gem. Wear this necklace to give off that sophisticated and confident glow! The light lavender amethyst heart with pink drusy is the perfect gift for that special valentine! The amethyst coffee table below, not only has the deep royal purple color but pretty rose-colored calcite crystals scattered around. This table is the perfect addition to your home and would look amazing on deep brown hardwood floors!


Legend and Lore: Amethyst has a beautiful shade of purple and in early Greek legends was associated with Bacchus, the god of wine. The early Greek legends suggested that this purple gem would prevent drunkenness. Fine amethyst gems were once prized as highly as the ruby, emerald and sapphire. Amethyst jewels have been set in the royal crown and as religious jewelry for ages. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for the month as February as well as one of the emblems of the twelve apostles.


Mineral Formation: Amethyst is the popular variety of quartz and is highly prized for its deep color. Amethyst is an interesting quartz mineral that derives its color from traces of iron ions in its crystal structure.

Revealed By Man: It is still uncertain how amethyst was discovered but this beautiful gem has been used since 3000 B.C. Certain places in the world hold the largest deposits of amethyst crystals. These places include Brazil, France, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia and Uruguay.

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

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Trilobite: An Ancient Sea Beetle!

Trilobites in Jewelry and Home Décor: Trilobites are more commonly displayed as home décor than in jewelry. These ocean floor dwellers would adorn any house, particularly a living room or office wall. The bracelet displayed below holds a single trilobite. The ancient shark tooth compliments this trilobite nicely and would be an elegant piece of jewelry to wear.



Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore: Trilobites were the most diverse arthropods from the beginning of the Cambrian period around 542 million years ago. These creatures populated the sea and were either active predators or scavengers. Their diet consisted mostly of plankton and other small marine creatures. Trilobites are said to closely resemble modern day beetles with their oval bodies and antennas! 


Science of Fossil Formation: Trilobites are neat arthropods! Since these sea creatures are arthropods they would commonly shed their exoskeletons. After the Permian era ended, trilobites went extinct and the shed exoskeletons are what nature preserved. Since, the legs and antennae were the softer parts of the body it was harder to fossilize and are very interesting when the legs and antennae fossils are formed.

Revealed by Man: Trilobites were the most successful arthropods in the Cambrian era. They were able to adapt to many habitats and environments in the ocean these fascinating fossils have been discovered almost everywhere. They are the most diverse fossils and even help scientists with their studies of microevolution (evolution within a species) and macroevolution (evolution between species).


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

We invite you to view our current offerings of trilobites 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.