Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy Trails: Volume 12 (February 14th- March 14th)

Last month Touchstone was enthusiastic about a recent goodbye to another one of our products. In the Taos Gallery, our manager, Karen helped a lovely couple from New Jersey pick out a beautiful palm flower and fish fossil plate. This is the couple’s second framed fish plate! They placed the first one in their bathroom and now the palm flower and fish fossil plate is hanging on their kitchen wall next to their aquarium. They sure show a love of fish! They also live on a lake so their decorative theme for their kitchen and bathroom is very creative! A happy trails to the exquisite palm flower and fish fossil plate. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Aquamarine: An Alluring Gem!

Aquamarine in Jewelry- Aquamarine’s soft, blue color makes it an alluring gem to use in jewelry. Touchstone Gallery offers necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pendants that hold this gem. Aquamarine is subtle and is often set in sterling silver but the gem always makes a bold statement. Touchstone Gallery is sure to have an aquamarine piece that will suit your liking. This gem would look ideal with a white palette of blouses and dresses! 

Legend and Lore- Many believe the soft and sometimes electrifying color of aquamarine is reminiscent of the ocean. The ancient Greeks thought that aquamarine could protect sailors from the unpredictable seas. The Greeks were not the only ones who had interesting beliefs about aquamarine though. In Thailand, it was thought that aquamarine, if worn, would prevent people from becoming seasick as well as protect them from drowning. These interesting myths just make aquamarine that much more fun and interesting!

Science of Aquamarine Formation- Aquamarine is formed in volcanic rocks. After the volcanic rocks cool, gemstones, including aquamarine, crystalize out of the hot fluids. Large crystals are formed when cooling takes place over a long period of time. Additionally, over the past million years or so, erosion and weathering has released many of these strikingly blue gems from the volcanic rock, allowing the occasional lucky person to find a gem floating in a stream or on the beach.

Revealed by Man- Many gems including aquamarine are mined all over! Aquamarine is most often found in Russia, Brazil, the United States, Africa, Pakistan, and Siberia. Aquamarine is carefully mined and extracted from the ground and then it goes through the process of being polished and cut into the gemstone we know and love. Aquamarine is then designed into jewelry or put on display in places such as Touchstone Gallery!

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