Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Labradorite: The “Northern Lights” Jewel


Mineral décor and jewelry: Labradorite captivates anyone who looks at this mesmerizing gem. This enchanted mineral has calm shades of green and electrifying shades of blue. The calm shades of green would look stunning in an office, on a bookshelf or even as an elegant center piece. The striking blue labradorite is commonly designed into jewelry and would look beautiful worn out.


The green glimmering heart below would make a unique decorative piece on a dark, cherry wood desk. The gleaming and mesmerizing shades of the green complements deep and dark colors beautifully. The electrifying blue necklace above deserves a night out. This necklace is the perfect touch to a simple black dress or even a white dress shirt.

Legend and Lore: According to the legends of the Eskimos, this stone once was the prison to the Northern Lights, until a nomadic Eskimo found the labradorite and freed most of the lights by stabbing the mineral with his spear. Most of the lights are free and appear at night in the Northern Hemisphere. The lights that are still trapped in the stone are beautifully iridescent when shown in strong angles of light, making labradorite unique with remarkable shades of greens, blues, and yellows and sometimes lavender.


Mineral Formation: Labradorite is a type of feldspar, a mineral that is created from volcanic magma. The different, shimmering shades of this gem are made possible because lamellar growths that create adjacent layers of diverse minerals. This crystal refracts light in every direction! At every angle there is a different color sensation.

Revealed by Man: Labradorite has commonly been carved into beautiful décor pieces as well as designed into glamorous jewelry pieces. Labradorite was discovered in the coastal region of Labrador, Canada and has also been mined in Norway, Madagascar, and the United States.

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

We invite you to view our current offerings of labradorite 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, April 15, 2015

Did You Know?


Did you know chalcedony is a cryptocrystalline (having a microscopic crystalline structure) form of quartz? The reason why some chalcedony, like the exquisite table above, is pink in color is because of traces of certain minerals, specifically manganese and iron oxide. The pink chalcedony in the crevices of the table is known as chalcedony rose because of its globular and round structures.  Just picture this elegant table with small mineral roses in your living room. The light pastels in this table would complement the light colored flowers and curtains of the room, giving the room the perfect theme of spring!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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.  

Friday, April 3, 2015

Drusy: Colorful Creations!

Drusy in Jewelry: Drusy is often designed into jewelry pieces because of the mineral’s sparkling appearance. Drusy are glamourous little crystals that complement any gem they are paired with. The pendants and bracelet below are perfect examples how sensational drusy can look by itself! The pendant pictured to the left is colorful with blue, green and yellow. This pendant’s colors are similar to the famous Starry Night painting from Vincent Van Gogh.


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. Although drusy has many names, such as druse, drusy and drusy, etc.  they all mean tiny crystals.


Mineral Formation: Drusy (or 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. Drusy quartz is commonly clear and white and looks like glittering snow. The drusy above is titanium coated to flash these glamourous colors.

Revealed by Man: Drusy is commonly found throughout the world but is mainly found in Brazil. Brazil produces natural and titanium coated drusy. This drusy is then designed into lovely jewelry pieces that can be glamorously worn on any occasion!


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