Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy Trails: Volume 15 (May 20th – May 27th)

A few weeks ago, an international renowned fashion designer opening new locations in London and Singapore chose Touchstone! It was an honor to have this company choose two free-form Onyx bowls. Their Director of Visual Merchandising from the cooperation found the bowls through an online search! We can all thank Candy, Touchstone’s Web Admin for the wonderful website design. The wonderful ladies at the Taos Gallery pulled of an incredible feat through all the interactions they’ve had to do with the company to ensure the purchase. Heather from Taos said “It is no surprise that these beautiful bowls, due to their unique patterns have attracted the attention of a well-known design company. Each one has its own visual character and would make the perfect center piece for any room”. A happy trails to these two robust pieces perfect for a modern cooperation!
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone

We invite you to view our current offerings of Onyx 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.   

Happy Trails: Volume 15 (May 20th – May 27th)

A few weeks ago, an international renowned fashion designer opening new locations in London and Singapore chose Touchstone! It was an honor to have this company choose two free-form Onyx bowls. Their Director of Visual Merchandising from the cooperation found the bowls through an online search! We can all thank Candy, Touchstone’s Web Admin for the wonderful website design. The wonderful ladies at the Taos Gallery pulled of an incredible feat through all the interactions they’ve had to do with the company to ensure the purchase. Heather from Taos said “It is no surprise that these beautiful bowls, due to their unique patterns have attracted the attention of a well-known design company. Each one has its own visual character and would make the perfect center piece for any room”. A happy trails to these two robust pieces perfect for a modern cooperation!
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone

We invite you to view our current offerings of Spinel 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.   

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Trails: Volume 14

Happy Trails: Volume 14
(May 13th – May 20th)
        
Last week, Keith Kinkade stopped by to buy this striking Sabertooth Cat. Mr. Kinkade is the co-founder of the National Tiger Sanctuary in Saddlebrooke, MO. As you follow the dark brown hues on the teeth you realize the sheer dominance of the prehistoric cat. We are so proud to see this amazing fossil move on to such a good home! Happy trails to a piece with rich history going exactly where it belongs.

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Five Reasons the Mosasaur is both Amazing and Terrifying


75 Million years ago, the ocean was swarmed with many creatures that we could never even imagine in our day and age. The sea life was so large and magnificent, the ones at the top, like a Mosasaur, were purely unnerving. One of these, a reptile at the top of the food chain, the Mosasaur, had a very interesting life and unique diet while dominating the coastal waters. These five facts are incredibly individual, and at the same time, frightening:

1.   The average size of a Mosasaur was the length of a school bus!
Most species were 20-50 feet in length. However, many other species were much larger, including the Tyleosaurus, could reach 80 feet in length.
 

 


2.   The Mosasaurus was the T-Rex of the ocean.
Eating anything and everything- the bullies of the sea. This is what you tend to think of when you consider the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The Mosasaur has the same fear factor throughout the ocean.

3.   The Mosasaur had one of the most efficient respiratory system at that time.
The reptile could swim at high speeds, wriggling its long body through the water. It would also go up to the surface to breath. Nevertheless, Mosasaurs still had huge competitive advantage against other sea life.  Its fins resembled paddles that allowed them to be very aerodynamic. Its respiratory system could keep up with its fast movements, allowing for the Mosasaur to swim quickly for long periods of time.

4.   Mosasaurs could regrow teeth when they needed them.
a.    Mosasauruses would continuously produce teeth throughout their lifetime. If their teeth weren’t ripped out during feeding, they would be pushed out by their new set every few weeks.

5.   Mosasaurs would eat anything…and whole!
Whales, sharks and sea turtles, Oh My! These could all be found in the stomach of the Mosasaur, along with ammonites, bony fish, and even sea birds! Unlike other creatures, the Mosasaur had a line of teeth separating the semicircle of teeth in their upper mouth. When they bashed their pray, they would get knocked unconscious, but they wouldn’t always die. The pray would try to escape by swimming up, but that row of teeth the Mosasaur had would penetrate the creature before it could escape. Pretty scary!




Our coolest piece is a compressed skull fossil of a Mosasaur at our Santa Fe Gallery! Go check it out at that location or online at touchstonegalleries.com

 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Trails: Volume 13 (April 29th-May 6th)



 








This month at Touchstone Galleries, a repeat customer, stopped by to get the last three pieces of polished “Sonora Sunset” Chrysocolla and Cuprite. When she goes back to Minnesota, we can imagine she will be showcasing this elegant, multi-functional piece from artisan Bruce Barlow, along with her other minerals and fossils. She also chose our last Cave Bear Skull, a fossil tortoise, a set of Septarian cubes, and a large banded onyx vessel from Eulogia! Happy trails to these wonderful pieces and to a wonderful customer!