Monday, January 25, 2016

Happy Trails: Volume 11 (January 18th-25th)

This wonderful malachite and chrysocolla specimen was purchased earlier this week in our Scottsdale gallery by a repeat customer. This mineral from was mined from the Bagdad Mine in Arizona over 20 years ago. This specimen is now travelling all the way to its new home in Michigan. It will add to our client’s wonderful Arizona Gems collection. Our client’s collection dates back to her earliest purchases from us in 1994! Happy Trails to this mesmerizing mineral piece!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Amethyst Decor Information

This is another beautiful specimen of Bolivian amethyst. One
of the wonderful things about Touchstone gallery is we offer a variety of
specimens in varying sizes and price points. This lovely décor class mineral
specimen features again the distinctive coloration of the Bolivian amethyst, a
lovely lavender rose hue. Again, the very distinctive feature of the Bolivian
amethyst is this castellated formation. So, many small points that grow and
form into single large terminations. A truly beautiful mineral specimen. 

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Guide to Fossils!

Touchstone has created an easy, accessible guide to fossils for any of those unanswered questions! Click on the link to access our personalized guide to fossils! A Guide to Fossils PDF

Monday, January 4, 2016

January: Glamorous Garnet

Garnet in Jewelry- 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. This type of garnet has been used in jewelry for a very long time, and was often paired with gold in ancient European jewelry. 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.
 Garnet in Décor- Garnet is often found in mica schist rock, a metamorphic rock with shiny silver flecks. These crystals captured in rock make excellent décor accents. The dash of red would fight well into most décor settings, providing a splash of gorgeous color. These garnet’s in the rough are a simple, yet elegant way to incorporate natural and mineral décor into your home or office.

Legend and Lore- Garnet is not only the birthstone for the month of January, but is also the stone that celebrates the second anniversary of marriage. The word garnet comes from the Latin word “garanatus” which means seed like, referring to the similarities between the stone and pomegranate seeds. During medieval times, garnets were thought to cure depression and during the time of Greeks, it was thought garnets would keep you from drowning. Garnets were a symbol of style and wealth in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries.

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