Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Did You Know?

At Touchstone, turquoise is often sold as jewelry pieces. At touchstone we also offer small pieces that can be used for about anything! Use the small pieces for your home made jewelry, create a turquoise collage or back splash for your kitchen sink, or decorate plants with the complimentary tone that turquoise adds. Did you know that turquoise was valued highly by the Aztecs, Ancient Egyptians, and many other cultures? The Aztecs inlaid turquoise with gold, quartz, malachite, coral, shells, and other minerals and gems. Legend has it that when the Native Americans sang and danced rejoicing for the rain, this blue gem was created with the tears of joy mixed with the raindrops. Turquoise is known as the fallen-sky stone because of this legend. Turquoise is often found in the Southwestern states of the United States and is still highly prized. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Crinoid: The Living Fossil!

Décor Factors and Suggestions: The crinoid fossil pictured below adds a nice ambience to any room and can certainly keep guests intrigued and curious. This fossil was specifically trimmed to be the focal point of a decorated home, office, etc. Place this piece on the living room mantle to add a subtle, nautical touch and spruce up the décor surrounding this center of attention!

Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore: Past certainly meets the present! Crinoids are alive and living well in an ocean near you, but they are also some of the oldest fossils on Earth. The earliest of the fossils come from the Ordovician period and they dominated the ocean floor, making the ocean floor a forest of crinoids! The fossil of crinoids is the state fossil of Missouri and are the ocean’s water lilies that have lived a long amount of time. 

Fossil Formation: Crinoids fossilize readily, so there is an abundance of them to be found and most are stalk fragments. Crinoids form into really nice, distinct fossils because the ocean floor is a good environment for fossilization to occur because of the calcite deposits and crinoid skeletons are made of calcareous plates; a rock like material.

Revealed by Man: Crinoids are diverse and have adapted to every ocean on Earth! Since crinoids are still alive and well and fossilized crinoids are abundant, crinoids are located all over the ocean floors.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of crinoid 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, September 4, 2015

Did You Know?

Did you know that this exotic combination of minerals was discovered in 2006 near Sonora, Mexico? The name comes from the bright colored sunsets that cover the Sonora sky.  This stone is a distinctive blend of chrysocolla, cuprite, and tenorite. The cuprite is the bright orange to red that resembles the sun and the illuminating tone it puts off into the sky. The chrysocolla is the bluish green that reflects the color of the pure Río Sonora, the river of Sonora. The tenorite is the black part of the stone that mimics the clouds in the sky. This is a beautiful stone that has unique colors and tones that would add a Southwestern décor theme.