Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December: Tasteful Topaz

Topaz in Jewelry- Topaz comes in many different colors and varieties. Touchstone Gallery offers many different kind of topaz, including champagne topaz, white topaz, mystic topaz, and blue topaz. At Touchstone Gallery, we have topaz earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that are sure to please. Topaz jewelry would be the perfect gift for someone special that was born in December, seeing that it is one of the birthstones for that month.


Champagne topaz has a light brown color and when paired with white topaz, like in the earring above, it looks spectacular. The mystic topaz has an exciting display of colors, from purple to green to yellow. Blue topaz is a simple yet elegant variety of topaz that is so very stunning.

Legend and Lore- In the Middle Ages, topaz was used to refer to any yellow stone, but the name is more specific now. Blue topaz is the birthstone for the month of December and yellow topaz is the birthstone for the month of November. The name topaz comes from the Sanskrit word for fire. Topaz is sometimes referred to as Imperial Topaz because it was found in the royal jewels of the 18th and 19th century Russian Czarinas. The Greeks believed that topaz was able to make a person stronger and possibly make the wearer invisible as well. 

Science of Mineral Formation- Topaz occurs in pegmatites, which is a type of rock that contains feldspars, quartz, and mica that has a similar composition to granite. Topaz is also found in high temperature quartz veins and sometimes in granite and rhyolites.

Revealed by Man- Topaz was first found on the island or Topaoas in the Red Sea, from where it got its name. Topaz has been found and mined in the United States, Russia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Australia, Germany, Norway, and many other countries across the globe.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of topaz 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, December 14, 2015

Chalcedony: Futuristic Freeform Décor

Décor Factors and Suggestions: The mineral pictured below is a variety of quartz that has an interesting crystalline structure. This is an elegant mineral that has many aesthetic qualities. This home décor piece was made to create the theme of the room it is placed in. This freeform chalcedony piece has a stalactite crystal structure that creates a futuristic ambiance and theme when placed in an urban room.  

Home Décor Featuring a Fascinating Story

Legend and Lore: The name of the mineral derived from the name of the ancient Greek town, Chalkedon in Asia Minor. Native Americans believed that Chalcedony was a sacred stone and used this stone in many of the religious ceremonies in order to stabilize and strengthen the bonds between tribes. Chalcedony has also been discovered as tools, jewelry, and seals dating back to early 1800 BC.

Mineral Formation: Chalcedony is a categorized gemstone variety which belongs to the quartz group of minerals. Technically, chalcedony is the gemological term that places any variety of quartz in cryptocrystalline form under the ‘chalcedony’ variety.

Revealed by Man: Chalcedony is an abundant mineral that has been located all around the word and commonly comes from sedimentary or volcanic environments. Almost all of the United States is known to produce chalcedony.

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