Friday, December 30, 2016

January's Birthstone: Glimmering Garnet


Garnet in Jewelry and Décor:

            Garnet comes in a variety of colors, making it an interesting and beautiful stone to use in jewelry. The red and most common variety of garnet is called almandine. Spessartite garnet refers to garnet that is yellow, rose, orange, or deep brown colors, rich and dazzling. The most rare and prized color of garnet is the emerald and bright green variety, called demantoid. Touchstone Gallery has a wide variety of garnet jewelry, in many different colors, perfect for January babies and jewelry lovers alike.



Scientific Information:
            Garnet is the name of a group of minerals that comes in a rainbow of colors, from the deep red of the Pyrope garnet to the vibrant green of tsavorites. Some rare garnets are even blue, colorless, or—most rare of all—change colors in different lights. But the most common color is a beautiful range of reds, from rust colored to deep violet-red. Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. But not all garnets are as abundant as the red ones. A green garnet, tsavorite, also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.


Revealed by Man:
            The garnet is so durable, that remnants of garnet jewelry can be found as far back as the Bronze Age. Other references go back to 3100 BC when the Egyptians used garnet as inlays in their jewelry and carvings. The Egyptians even said it was the symbol of life. The garnet was very popular with the Romans in the 3rd and 4th Century.


Legend and Lore:
            Garnet was used as a talisman for protection both by warriors going into battle and to those who wanted to ward off pestilence and plague. Some ancient healers and wise men even placed garnets in wounds and praised its healing powers. Garnet jewelry has been a fixture throughout the ages. Garnets were often used as signet rings in ancient Rome, and the nobility favored garnets in the Middle Ages. In metaphysical use, garnet is thought to reduce body toxins, purify vital organs and blood, and assists in assimilation of vitamins and minerals. Emotionally it provides a protective and calming influence during use and is thought to heal melancholy and depression, strengthening the survival instinct, and bringing courage and hope into critical situations.



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

It's Holiday Season at Touchstone!

Touchstone Gallery is the place to go if you want an elegant and unique gift for a loved one. You can see the stunning work of Mark Hines on the was of the Santa Fe gallery (pictured above). We also offer many types of jewelry inlaid with lustrous minerals. Our unusual fossil collection is sure to amaze the receiver of such a gift!

Light your way through the Holidays with these handcrafted oil lamps!

We invite you to take a look at what we have to offer for your home and office. Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December's Birthstone : Zealous Zircon!


Zircon in Jewelry:        

          Zircon comes in many natural colors, making this gem a versatile one for its use in jewelry. Its range of colors include completely colorless (white), yellow, orange, red, green, blue, violet, brown and combinations in between. Yellow-brown to orange and red zircon are the most common. Blue is the most popular, but its color is obtained through the heating of brown zircon. Zircon is very vibrant, making it a sought-out item in earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets and more!

Mineral Formation:
          The formation of Zircon itself is a tetragonal crystal system. Zircon crystals grow in a wide variety of rocks, and have many different physical and optical properties. Geologists typically classify Zircon in three ways: high, immediate, and low. These classifications have to do with the effects these crystals have due to radioactivity. “Low Zircons” have to do with the intense breakdown that radioactivity has had on the Zircon. They have severe crystal structure breakdown, with no clear crystal order. If you heat a low zircon gem at high temperatures, sometime reduce the damage. “Immediate Zircons” have had some structural damage due to radioactivity, but not nearly as severe as low Zircons. “High Zircons” have little to no impurities due to radioactive destruction. These Zircons are the one with the typical optical and physical properties. 

Legend and Lore:
          Zircon’s name is derived from Persian word “zargun” meaning golden-colored. This word is at some point transformed into "jargoon", a term applied to lighter zircons. The English version of the word "zircon" is derived from "Zircon," which is the German adaptation of this word. One shade of Zircon, that being Red zircon, is called “hyacinth”, from the flower Hyacinthus, whose name is of Ancient Greek origin.

          Throughout the years, many have wondered if Zircon is a dangerous crystal due to its radioactivity. A few occurrences throughout history have seemed to stunt the sales and distribution, however it has since been proven that there is very little to no danger when it comes to these crystals. Especially when Zircon is in jewelry or on a small scale, there is truly no need to worry about health risks whatsoever. 


Revealed by Man:
          Zircon is the known oldest mineral on the planet, dating back 4.5 billion years. That’s older than the moon! It is unclear when the very first piece was discovered, however there are many known deposits worldwide. Australia is where the oldest piece has been found, but Myanmar, Cambodia, and Brazil are also notable sources.

Touchstone Gallery invites you to view our current offerings of zircon and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.  



Thursday, November 3, 2016

November: Tantalizing Topaz

Topaz in Jewelry:

Topaz is commonly thought of as shades of blue and the birthstone for November babies. However, Topaz can be a range of colors such as London (dark) blue to Swiss blue, burnt orange, clear (white topaz), and mystic topaz (a collage of color). Touchstone Gallery currently has blue topaz, mystic topaz, and white topaz in an array of jewelry. These exquisite pieces are wonderful gift giving purchases that can be found online at touchstonegalleries.com.

Legend and Lore:

            The ancient Hebrew High Priests, mentioned in the Book of Exodus, had a breastplate filled with 12 stones to protect the gate to heaven. Topaz was one of these stones used to protect these Priests. Topaz helps in establishing a practical point of view when it comes to life in general. It is thought to be able to point in the direction of the most practical solution to any problem or situation.  As a healing stone, it is said to help with blood disorders, promotes rejuvenation, and helps in curing endocrine problems, thrombosis and asthma.

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. The element chromium causes natural pink, red, and violet-to-purple colors in topaz. Imperfections at the atomic level in topaz crystal structure can cause yellow, brown, and blue color. Brown is a common topaz color, and the gem is sometimes mistakenly called “smoky quartz.


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.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.   

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

November's Birthstone: Citrine!

Citrine in Jewelry and Home Décor:

            The glamorous golden amber tones presented in citrine makes home and office décor stand out in your home or office building. The warm glow of orange encases a cozy feeling in any room you may place a citrine geode or table. In jewelry, the colors of citrine would match with any of the typical autumn tones of red, brown, black, and orange. Alternatively, they would also contrast aesthetically with shades of green and blue.
SKU # GMIG-124
This intricate faceted and rough citrine necklace is just one of the citrine jewelry pieces Touchstone Gallery offers. In addition, a root beer shade of citrine geode table would be a fascinating and robust extension of any room.
 SKU # JIN-7501
Legend and Lore:
            In ancient times, citrine was always carried with warriors in protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. The current metaphysical benefits are thought to calm any anxiety brewing in your life. By releasing this feeling of being out of control, you can accept the future on your own personal terms. The shining gemstone is said to be a welcoming gift from the sun. If you keep some citrine in your business or office, you’re said to have future prosperity. Remember- Citrine is the birthstone of November, wouldn’t you want to add all of these benefits to your life?

 Scientific Information on Citrine:
            Citrine is a type of quartz mineral with a cryptocrystalline structure. This means that the crystals are visible to the naked eye. There are two types of citrine- natural citrine and heat-treated amethyst or smokey crystal. Natural citrine is extremely rare and when it is in the natural form, it is found in small qualities.The natural citrine coloring ranges from a pale yellow to pale orange. Natural citrine The heat-treated amethyst typically has a red tint to the mineral, and the color range includes yellow-brown, dark orange-brown, copper red, brown and dark orange.
Revealed by Man:
            Most citrine comes from Brazil, and you can find natural citrine in Russia, France and Madagascar. Citrine is found in quartz veins and most pieces are only a few carats in size.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of citrine and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Like Autumn Leaves, Welcome the Many Shades of Amber


The leaves are changing and the autumn air is wafting around all of us. As we enjoy the delicacy of the leaves jumping and dancing around through the fall breeze, there is a colorful resemblance to the many shades of amber. Touchstone Gallery invites you to celebrate the season of warmth with our amber products.


Amber resin is warming by nature, considering it will heat to the body temperature instead of always having a cold sensation to the touch. The metaphysical benefits are astounding as well. Amber is said to heal the user and give them the reassuring feeling of health and healing. 


Most commonly, natural amber colors range from a golden honey hue, yellow, green, dark cherry, amber brown and surprisingly blue hues as well. It can be both transparent and opaque but are all equally as dazzling. Amber is a fossilized resin, but don’t be mistaken by its resemblance to sap. Resin is what protects a tree by blocking any gaps or cracks in the bark. As it seeps from the tree, bugs tend to get caught in its stickiness. The resin eventually drops to the ground and over millions of years it is fossilized into the beautiful amber we have today.


Amber is found all across the globe, but larger deposits tend to be localized in parts of the Baltic region, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Amber can also be found in Canada, China, France, Romania, Russia and the USA (Alaska, Arkansas and New Jersey), many other locations including the Touchstone Gallery. We welcome you to visit any of our three gallery locations and/or our online store to view our beautiful collection of fossilized jewelry and specimens. You just might find an insect or two inside! 



Nicholas Cage visited our Sedona Gallery and purchased an original Sumatra Blue amber necklace, you could too!


In Addition: Another absolutely remarkable autumn-colored item Touchstone Gallery has to offer is our custom limited Tiger Iron/ Tiger Eye inlay table. The ravishing table is based off of a 22" bronze tone metal base, and is topped of by a beveled glass top. The 30" overall diameter allows you to enjoy and realistically use the multi-toned table swatches with navy and light blue, gold, amber and oak tones.



Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of amber and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Inlaid Megalodon Teeth

We are very excited to announce our new arrivals of framed, inlaid megalodon teeth. The new treasures are exquisite megalodon teeth inlaid with striking gemstones. Two of the teeth display the green-blue colors of chrysocolla, and another tooth is dark blue sodalite. The amazing feature, alongside these dazzling fossils, are the handmade shadowboxes that are encompassing the teeth. Uniquely displayed, you are able to open the box and take out your natural wonder to show your megalodon tooth off.




To learn more, head over to: http://www.touchstonegalleries.com/megalodon-tooth-inlaid-with-chrysocolla_8_1162_33033.html

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Luxurious Onyx Mirrors

We invite you to visit our Sedona gallery to see the stylish and functional onyx mirrors! No matter what room they’re placed in, you’re guaranteed an added level of sophistication and beauty. A Touchstone Gallery onyx mirror is perfect for any room where you may bring the outside in as a customer has demonstrated in their lake house. It will also be a brilliant contrast for a wall in an office or in large rooms. The photo on the left is how customers in Northern Michigan displayed it elegantly over their dining room table where they gather and enjoy the view. How would you use this mirror in your home? Would you use it to start your day? Weather you get the orange cream or brown cream color, the mirror will easily harmonize with your space. The two sizes are 24 ½ inches and 26 ½ inches. What room would these mirrors fit best in your house or office? Where would they live to impress?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Curious Metal: Copper


Copper in Jewelry and Home Décor:
                If copper is in a polished form, you can accent a dark-colored desk or table with the shimmery luster. Touchstone Gallery just received these beautiful copper pendants with gems inlayed in raw copper. The natural dents and ripples the copper displays are simply stunning thanks to the cooling process. Wherever copper is placed, it electrifies its surroundings by its warming aesthetics. Copper jewelry will bring enduring beauty to those who wear it, and give a robust attitude to any room when used as a piece in décor, as in our Kohler lamps.
Legend and Lore:
                Copper is one of the oldest minerals we know of, dating back to 9000 B.C. The word “copper” is derived from the Greek word “kypros”, which was the location of the copper mine on the island of Cyprus. The Greek Gods were said to be correlated with different metals of distinction. The Greek goddess Venus represented copper in mythology. She was associated with copper because of the lustrous beauty copper held. Cyprus was a sacred location to the goddess according to mythology, making copper all the more special. Even within the Native American culture, copper plays an important role as well. At the time, extraction was a very difficult process, but they valued the wealth it was said to bring and went through the excruciating process by building a fire upon the deposits then suddenly extinguishing the flame to create small cracks in the rock. After this process was repeated a few times, they could use their tools to remove the deposits!
Information on Copper:
                The formation of copper occurs after the solidification of molten rocks. Molten rock naturally contains copper, so when it is melting the content of copper becomes concentrated. The molten rock begins to cool and solidify and the copper still remains as a concentrated liquid. Once the rock is almost solid, it begins to shrink and crack. When the rock cracks, the copper begins to fill the cracks and spaces and finally the copper solidifies. Copper deposits are then formed and you can start the extraction!
Revealed by man:
                Native copper is said to be used in some of the oldest civilizations on record. Geologists estimate it was discovered at around 9000 BC (The Copper Age) in the Middle East. The deposits in Michigan are the biggest native copper deposits in the world and have been copper producers for hundreds of years. There are even large mines in our home states of Arizona and New Mexico. Arizona has produced 90 billion pounds of copper in its history, making Arizona the leader in copper production since 1910!
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of native copper and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Scottsdale (4168 N. Marshall Way), and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com. 


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sapphire: September's Birthstone


Sapphire in Jewelry:
        Depending on the style of jewelry you like, we have just the thing! The earrings we have on the left would be wonderful for your September birthday dinner or any other event! The robust necklace, pictured in the top write, truly signifies the spirit of fall through all of its warm colors.

Gem Information:
        Sapphire is the second hardest substance on Earth after the diamond, rating a 9 on the Mohs scale. The traditional color of sapphire is a deep, rich blue. The coloring is due to the presence of aluminum. Sapphire also comes in green, red, sunset orange, purple, and rose. Since sapphire is an aluminum oxide, or corundum, there is a very thin line between ruby and sapphire itself. Red sapphire is typically sold as quality sapphire instead of low-grade ruby.

Legend and Lore:
        Sapphire has always been associated with royalty and romance, notably when Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring. This ring is now worn by Princess Kate, the wife of Princess Diana’s son William. Sapphire have been considered royal long before then. The metaphysical properties of sapphire are truly outstanding! In the ancient and medieval world, sapphires blue signified hope and faith. The blue sky was to be believed as a reflection of those properties thanks to sapphire.

Revealed by Man:
        There are only three predominate areas that have sapphire: Kashmir, Shiri Lanka, and Myanmar. Although as of 2007, Madagascar had been the leading producer of sapphire. Luckily, through Touchstone Galleries, we have them right here in the US for you to purchase!

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

We invite you to view our current offerings of sapphire and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.   

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pargasite: A Perfect Piece

Pargasite in Home Décor:
        The piece of pargasite that Touchstone Gallery has recently acquired is a highly collected and valuable item. Not only is it in bright green form, but it is also displayed on marble. This attractive piece would look fantastic on a table or office desk. Anyone who would get a glimpse of this pargasite on marble would wonder at is delicacy and ornateness.
Mineral and Gem Information:
        Most specimens of pargasite come in brown or dark green hues. A collector quality specimen at Touchstone Gallery, however, has leaf green pargasite on marble! On the hardness scale, Pargasite rated around 5-6 Mohs. Pargasite forms within high temperature metamorphic rocks around igneous intrusions.
Revealed by Man:
        Pargasite was originally found in Pargas, Finland in 1814 and was given the name after where it was discovered. Touchstone Gallery’s specimen was sourced from Vietnam, but many other pieces can be found in Canada, Venezuela, California and Scotland.
Legend and Lore:
        Pargasite is said to work very closely with the heart chakra. The astrological sign it is aligned with is Sagittarius. Supposedly, with the use of this gem, you can break down the “walls” around your heart to protect ourselves from hurt.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of pargasite and other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Peridot – August Birthstone


Peridot in Jewelry:
This pendant, designed by Marta Howell is resting on rough peridot in basalt. It shows how elegantly peridot can be exhibited. The warm yet light green color of peridot resembles the new leaves of Spring. Peridot twinkles under the sunlight and never fails to guarantee a stunning declaration of beauty. Touchstone Gallery is able to provide you with the ambiance that peridot provides throughout jewelry necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. We also offer peridot in rough on basalt and individual polished gemstones.
Gem and Mineral Information:  

          Typically, gemstones have a wide range of coloring, however peridot is different. The spectrum of a typical sample you’ll find of peridot is a brown-green to yellow-green. Peridot is a gemstone that is formed deep within volcanoes and is then brought to the surface over time. Today, the majority of Peridot comes from Arizona, New Mexico, Pakistan and Myanmar. Peridot can also have an interstellar link! Scientists have recently found the gem in some meteors that have fallen to earth. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, iron being the reason for the green color of the mineral.
Revealed by Man:
          As one of the oldest minerals on Earth, there are shocking records that the mining of peridot started as early as 1500 B.C.! It is often speculated that Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridot.
Legend and Lore:
          Peridot is said to be able to eliminate your nightmares and bring you power throughout the next year, it’s a magical gemstone! If you know someone whose birthday is in August, head over to Touchstone Gallery for the perfect enchanting stone!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of peridot and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Heartfelt Cure Collection


The Heartfelt Cure Collection is very near and dear to the hearts at Touchstone Gallery. Susan Heike-Wilhelm, co-owner, designed and created these thoughtful pieces. When you hear the word “cancer” you may think about your family members, friends, or even yourself. However, at Touchstone, we refuse to let the hope vanish from those effected by cancer. There is a clear flow of recovery and remembrance within the stones of these pieces. You can find this intricacy within the pendants, earrings and bracelets.  The stunning white topaz that you see at the bottom of the earrings and pendant, and in the middle of the bracelet signifies the wondrous purity of a cure.

After all of the stages of the unknown, the clarity of remission enlightens and cares for you after such a difficult struggle. The other blush pink hearts signify the different stages of having or loving someone with cancer. This includes fining out the diagnosis, different stages of treatment, and possible relapses along the way. At the end of the bracelet near the circle clasp, you see a very small heart. Within this small drusy heart is remembrance of all those who lost their battle to this disease. In order for Touchstone Gallery to do as much as we can to find a cure, Susan and Joseph Wilhelm, owners of the Touchstone Galleries are honored to contribute proceeds from these beautifully crafted art-forms to the American Cancer Society Research department, to one day realize the cure. To all struggling with cancer, maintain your hope and have a heartfelt spirit of inspiration.
Best Wishes,
Touchstone Gallery


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Touchstone Gallery Photo Contest!


Today Touchstone is kicking off a photo contest to win $100!! Here are the rules:
1. Take a pic with a marked piece
2. Upload it to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram with the #OnlyAtTouchstone
3. You're entered to win!
The Contest will end September 1st. Have fun and good luck!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Did you know? Morrisonite




Décor and Home Design:
          Morrisonite’s brilliance can shine through in both jewelry and home décor. Since there is a wide array of colors, you can match morrisonite in any room of your home and office. In home décor, you typically find striking slabs of the mineral displayed on tables or as bookends. You can also transform these pieces into centerpieces and bowls. No matter the use, morrisonite is guaranteed to bring an urban wonder into your life.
Legend and Lore:
          Morrisonite is known for its crystal healing properties. Crystal healers use Morrisonite to heal G.U.R.D., spinal and limb ailments, and headaches. It is also said to balance your heart chakra. Morrisonite has also been a favorite gem (Jasper) since ancient times. It has been referred to in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature.
Gem and Mineral Formation:
          Morrisonite is simply a branch of Jasper, yet scientists have argued about the true origin. The mineral has a hexagonal crystal structure. Morrisonite jasper is a petrified or silicated mud that drips into gas pockets in molten lava. It was superheated then solidified, creating the liquidous patters in the stone.
Revealed by Man:
          This outstanding ornamental gem was discovered in eastern Oregon by a James Morrison. The gem was then named after him in 1947 and that is how Morrisonite came to be. Morrisonite Jaspar has deposits found all over the world. There are large collections in areas of Mexico and Madagascar.



Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Rockstar Retiring!


Today is an amazing employee’s last day at Touchstone. We wish her all the best throughout her retirement. Karen Brown has spent the past 15 years connecting people to the gifts that Mother Nature gives us. She’s shown us that this is an opportunity like no other and extremely rewarding. We’re happy to see you going off to drink tea and take time for yourself, but you will be sincerely missed.
Wishing you the best,
Touchstone Gallery

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A Dazzling Mineral Formation: Dendritic





Dendritic in Jewelry:
            Dendritic is perfect for any piece of jewelry whether it be earrings, necklaces, bracelets or otherwise. The mystical tree-like patters display nature’s complex wonders. The neutral shades of tan and brown hues blend well with any color you’re wearing.
Legend and Lore:
            There are a lot of spiritual uses for dendritic crystals. The mineral is considered to be a safety net for anyone traveling by bus, car, plane or otherwise. Crystal healers “prescribe” dendritic to people that are involved in therapy, meditation, rebirthing or a twelve-step program. Anyone who has to work day-to-day on a behavioral change should consider using Touchstone’s dendritic. 
Gem and Mineral Information:
            Dendritic is special due to its tree-like formation. It resembles the fractal pattern of a snowflake and frost you might see on your windowsills. These crystals can grow in a multitude of ways. The main way is that they can grow into a supercooled pure liquid. Dendritic agate is typically colorless with hues of brown, tan, and black that intercept with the tree-like pattern.
Revealed by Man:
            Dendritic agate can be found in many locations throughout the globe. The most notable deposits are in Brazil, India, and China. There is a wide range outside of these locations including Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Australia, Uruguay, Madagascar and America. This world traveler gem will always awe you!
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone

We invite you to view our current offerings of Dendritic and many other fascinating natural art pieces in our Touchstone Galleries in Santa Fe (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Happy Trails: Volume 17 (June 13- June 17)

A blissful happy trails to two intricate glass art vases by Arizona artist Mark Hines. A lovely lady from Pennsylvania visited the Sedona gallery. She had the vision to mount a pair of vases on either side of her prized Navajo rug above her Southwestern pottery collection. She sent us a picture (below) of the finished look and we can say she truly used these pieces to the best of their ability! What stunningly beautiful mantle pieces. We hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Touchstone Gallery: The Mayor’s Approval!



The Mayor of Taos, Dan Barrone, came in to Touchstone with his family last week. A while back, Mayor Barrone bought a Megalodon tooth from Touchstone Gallery and had an artist inlay turquoise and set it in silver to make a unique Bolo tie! He stopped by on Thursday to show the ladies in Taos the finished product during Taos Plaza live. We’re so happy to see the final creation a stunning piece of nature has turned into. Stop in to Touchstone Galleries today to get your own beautiful work of nature to show off!