Friday, October 30, 2015

Coquina Fossil Jasper: A Collection of Ancient Sea Shells!

Home Décor Factors and Suggestions: This fossil is such a mesmerizing art piece that Mother Nature created herself! Add some natural beauty with a mysterious background story to your home! Use this fossil as a plate to hold your earrings and rings, or place this piece on the shelf with your collection of other fossils and minerals. This décor piece would look spectacular framed and placed on any wall in your home!


Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore: There are several names for this fossil! Coquina is the most common and accurate name but other names are known as well, such as script stone, cobra jasper, elephant jasper and palm jasper. Coquina is Spanish for shells, which is where one of the names comes from.  Geologists are still unsure what this stone is made of. There are many beliefs as to what it is exactly composed of and whether it is a fossil or a mineral.

Fossil Formation: This fossil is tiny bits of coral and sea shells that were washed to shore millions of years ago and were layered layer upon layer into a consolidated sedimentary rock. This fossil jasper is mainly composed of the minerals calcite and phosphate that are in the shape of the shells and bits of coral.

Revealed by Man: This stone is known as the India Script stone because of where it is found. This stone is mined in India and is popularly commercialized as cabochons and other pieces of jewelry.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of coquina jasper 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, October 23, 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 www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Cavansite: Translucent Leaves of Blue!

Décor Factors and Suggestions: Cavansite is a striking mineral because of its deep, rich shade of blue. This gem is the heart of the room and adds a stylish focal point. Place this mineral as your coffee table centerpiece to add a nice harmony with its surroundings. You can even use this mineral at the base of a lamp and spruce up your bedside table!


Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore: This is a rare mineral that had been discovered recently and we do not know any ancient legend or lore on the mineral. Cavansite has a unique name because the name derived from an acronym of the first syllables of the mineral’s three essential elemental components. How neat is that! The award of best scientific name definitely goes to this unique gem.


Mineral Formation: Cavansite is made of calcium, vanadium, and silicon. Cavansite is a phyllosilicate, a term derived from the Greek phyllon, meaning “leaf,” a reference to its micaceous or leaf-like crystal structure of thin sheets.

Revealed By Man: This mineral is rare and is only found in just four countries: India, the United States, Brazil, and New Zealand. Cavansite was discovered in 1960, when mineral collectors found the bright blue gem in a road cut near Owyhee Dam in Malheur County in east-central Oregon. The blue mineral was then discovered later in in India, Brazil, and then New Zealand. 

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of Cavansite 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, October 2, 2015

Irish Elk: A Striking and Exotic Fossil

Décor Factors and Suggestions: Touchstone is excited to present the Irish elk! At our galleries and on our website we offer an Iris elk jaw fragment or a full head with famously large antlers. Hang the large head piece in your living room right above the fireplace where you can flaunt its fascinating features as well as spark a story telling setting. The jaw fragment is focal point on your bookshelf that will share some rich history just by its appearance!


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Legend and Lore: Irish elk were not even elk but large deer and have been discovered in cave paintings throughout European caves. Irish elk were handsome creatures known to have the largest antlers, spanning from tip to tip at up to 12 feet. These deer were large and stood 7 feet tall. In a 12th century manuscript called Tales of the Elders, it mentions that Diarmuid, an Irish mythological figure had killed a Fiadh Mór (‘great deer’ in Irish). This deer was said to be large because the Irish legend has it that when he rested one of its antlers on his foot, it extended way above his head, even though Diarmuid was exceptionally tall.

Fossil Formation: This striking deer has been said to have gone extinct around the time when more humans had begun hunting the deer, but paleontologists are still unsure. Scientists think humans hunted the deer because of their large antlers that would be used for weapons and beads and their meat that would be preserved and later eaten. Many of the fossil pieces of this exotic specimen have been well preserved in wetlands.

Revealed by Man: Even though the name of the deer is Irish elk, these creatures have been found all over Eurasia. Excellent examples of Irish elk remains are found prominently in Ireland’s wetlands where the skeletal remains have been well preserved since extinction.

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