Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Malachite: A Pure Royal Gem

Decors Factors and Suggestions:  Malachite is a beautiful mineral that serves as exquisite home décor as well as stunning jewelry. Malachite is known for its stunning, royal green color! Malachite often occurs with Azurite and they make a beautiful pair.



The jewelry piece above is so enchanting! Can’t you just picture a young queen wearing this gem or Cleopatra dictating with these grand earrings? Any jewelry piece featuring malachite can make you feel royal! Read more below to get the history of this spectacular mineral.


Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story
Legend and Lore: Malachite had several uses in the ancient world! Malachite was believed to foretell disasters if the piece was shattered into pieces. Many travelers adorned themselves in malachite in order to protect them on their journey. Even babies were decorated in malachite beads to ward off evil while they slept. 

The Science of Malachite Creation: Malachite commonly occurs with Azurite and even calcite. Malachite forms and changes its color to a green when copper ores become weathered. Malachite is one of the copper carbonate minerals (the other main one being azurite).


Revealed by Man: Malachite used to be mined in Urals, Russia. Now, Malachite is mined in Zambia, Mexico, France and the Southern United States. . The most notable place in the United States that Malachite is found in is Arizona!

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


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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

June- Amazing Agate

Agate in Jewelry- Touchstone Gallery offers a variety of agate jewelry. Pictured below are two of our agate pieces, both containing a unique kind of agate, crazy lace. Crazy lace agate exhibits complex and brightly colored shapes and patterns, making each piece of it one of a kind. Crazy lace agate is part of the larger group of agates called the Lake Superior Agates. The radiant reds, youthful yellows, and blissful browns in crazy lace agate make it a good mineral to pair with garnets, citrine, and smoky quartz.


Agate in Décor- Agate is a wonderful mineral to use in décor settings. Its earthy colors and dramatic stripes make it a fun and fascinating décor addition. Touchstone Gallery offers agate bookends, which are an exciting way to incorporate minerals into your décor. Touchstone Gallery also has a gorgeous agate slab that is held up on a stand and can be displayed in many different ways.

Legend and Lore- Agate was commonly used for hard stone carvings and has been found at many ancient archeological sites all around the world. This shows that is stone was important during the Bronze Age. The name agate was given to the stone by Greek Philosopher and naturalist Theophrastus who discovered it on the shore of the river.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of agate 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, June 12, 2015

Sigilmassaurus: The Mysterious Dinosaur!

Home Décor Factors and Suggestions- Sigilmassaurus are still one of the mysterious dinosaurs that do not have too much information known about them. Although there is not much known about them, they still provide an interesting background story. Touchstone is offering magnificent Sigilmassaurus fossils!



The fossil pictured above is the ideal gift to a collector of antiquities or simply just a touch that will create a home décor that is uniquely yours.

Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore- This dinosaur roamed the most Northern part of Africa during the Cretaceous period. About 66 million years ago, this therapod dinosaur fed on smaller dinosaurs and other creatures that provided a hearty meal. The Sigilmassaurus had larger legs that made this dinosaur undefeatable at races!

Fossil Formation- The fossil remains were discovered in Morocco where they are strewn in between various rocks, such as the continental red beds and lower kem kem beds. This sedimentary rock has been dated back to the late Cretaceous period.

Revealed by Man- This fierce carnivore was discovered by Canadian paleontologist, Dale Russell in 1996. Dale Russell found fossil remains in the Tafilalt Oasis region of Morocco, near the site of the ancient city of Sijilmassa. Russell then named the creature after the Moroccan ancient city and the Greek word sauros (lizard).

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

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

New Arrivals! (June 2015)

Touchstone has announced new summer additions! They are all beautiful pieces that will be going out to different galleries so everyone can enjoy a different and unique piece to look at! All of these minerals are the ideal décor for your summer home! The first piece that Touchstone received is a dazzling prasiolite table that is 38” x 25”, Touchstone also got in another similar prasiolite table that is a little larger in measurement (46” x 29”). These are all beautiful home décor pieces ranging from amethyst wings to citrine tables and hearts to smoky quartz! Touchstone is definitely having an exciting and fun summer!
This piece will be in Sedona!

This piece will be in Santa Fe!

Not quite sure where this piece will go yet! A mystery! 

This piece will be in Sedona!

This piece will be in Santa Fe!

This piece will be in Santa Fe!

This piece will be in Santa Fe!

This piece will be in Taos!

This piece will be in Sedona!

This piece will be in Taos!

Monday, June 8, 2015

2015 Summer Treasure Safari Hunt

Hello, everyone! If you are following Touchstone on any social media site then you have probably heard about our summer treasure safari. If not, this is why we are blogging now because we want everyone to come out and have some adventurous fun in the galleries! The safari is currently going on in our two Arizona galleries (Scottsdale and Sedona) and will soon be happening in one of our New Mexico galleries (Taos). The scavenger hunt started on the 1st of June and is going on until the beginning of September!


 Walk into any of the three galleries and pick up a flyer and answer the questions listed about the wondrous minerals and fossils and then fill out your contact information to automatically be entered into the giveaway contest. In September we will announce the lucky winners that will win either a pendant or a treasure chest!Scottsdale gives away the Amethyst pendant and Sedona will give away the Topaz pendant. What are you waiting for? Go to the gallery today and have some adventurous fun and a chance to win!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Happy Trails: Volume 10 (May 2015-June 2015)


This week has been extremely exciting for Touchstone! An East Coast customer has purchased twenty-two pyrite crystal cube specimens like this one as gifts for co-workers. Every single pyrite cube is different and unique because of its sizes and many other factors. These pyrite cubes are the perfect gift! Touchstone was not only happy to send out these pyrite pieces but as well as accompany them with pamphlets about pyrite and where they were mined. We say a farewell and a happy trail to all the beautiful fool’s gold that are being taken to Florida!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Gemini and June Birthstone: Pearl

Pearls in Jewelry- Pearls are beautiful gemstones for jewelry. Pearls come in a variety of color, including pink, brown, and black.  When paired with other stones such as garnet and amethyst, like in the necklace below, pearls really stand out. These gorgeous gemstones are perfect gifts for people born in June and under the Gemini astrological sign.


The off white color that is most common in pearls makes them neutral and easy to wear with many other colors. They are the perfect gemstone to wear to professional event, but are also versatile enough to wear on a night out. Pearls are sure to please.

Legend and Lore- Pearls have been a symbol of wealth for thousands of years! The oldest written mention of natural pearls in was 2206 BC. Many cultures associate pearls with the moon because of their shape and color. In China, pearls were believed to protect people from dragons. In Europe, pearls symbolized purity and modesty.


Science of Pearl Formation- Pearls are organic gemstones that form inside mollusks, oysters, and mussels. Pearls are formed when a bit of sand seeps into the creature’s shell. A shiny substance, called nacre, is secreted around the object in the shell in order to protect the soft insides of the animal, giving the pearl is luster. The nacre layers over time a forms a pearl. This process can take up to seven or eight years.

Revealed by Man- Natural pearls are found in the Persian Gulf, the South Pacific, the Gulf of Mannar, the Gulf of California and the Gulf of Mexico. Freshwater pearls occur in the rivers of Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, and the USA. They are also found in the Pacific coast of Mexico Europe, Japan, and Australia. Before the 20th century, pearl hunting was the most common way of finding pearls. Now, many pearls are grown on what are called oyster or pearl farms.

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