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!


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Did You Know?





The Mystery of King Tut’s Sword
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It has long been questioned on what exactly the material of King Tut’s sword truly comprised of. Recently, it was discovered and the results are truly out of this world! In 1925, archaeologist Howard Carter found two daggers wrapping the teenage king who was mummified almost four thousand years ago. One of the blades, iron, puzzled researchers because the iron hadn’t rusted and ironwork was virtually unheard of at that time in Egypt. Italian and Egyptian researchers decided to take a look into what his sword was actually made out of this past year.

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The researchers used a non-invasive, portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to evaluate the sword. They discovered that the dagger found on the right thigh of King Tut’s mummified body has a meteoric origin. The ratio of cobalt and iron declared itself very similar to that of a meteor.
          The Egyptians found great symbolism in the rocks that fell from the sky. If something fell from the heavens it was considered a gift from the Gods. Now the evidence can finally show that this theory was indeed true. The truly incredible fact is that they were able to mold the material into this dagger. After all, they didn’t have experience with this mix of medals.  
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of meteorites 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 16 (June 6- June 10)



 A couple from Winnipeg, Ontario Canada, happened upon the Sedona Touchstone Gallery while vacationing. They were mid-remodel of their master bathroom and were on the lookout for the perfect double sink vessels to go with a custom granite countertop. They marveled at the glorious Peacock Marble bowls in the gallery. They then contacted their contractor to see if they could turn the bowls into sinks for their mater bath. They will be able to and we can’t wait to see the finished outcome!

The same week we were delighted to see return customers from Rockville, Maryland. They had seen our hand carved rare onyx vessels by Eulogio during a previous visit. They left our gallery, yet once they arrived home, they just couldn’t stop thinking about the large natural edge bowl that had caught their eyes. They returned back to see that the beautiful vessel was still here luckily, so they snatched it up!

  

 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Spinel: A Satisfying Gem

Spinel- A Wicked and Intriguing Gem
Spinel and Jewelry
For Centuries Spinel has been mistaken as the popular and highly demanded ruby because of its deep and alluring shade of red. Spinel not only comes in the dark shade of red but is also a shade of wicked black. Spinel’s unique shades are designed into enchanting jewelry pieces that Touchstone happily offers.

Legend and Lore:
Spinel is probably known for being “History’s Most Under-appreciated Gem.” China and Rome used to produce spinel but it was confused for other gems such as the ruby or garnet. The name of spinel itself holds an interesting story. The name spinel is thought to have come from either the Latin word "spina", meaning thorn, due to its pointed crystal form, or the Greek word for "spark", in reference to its bright color.
The most famous historical piece of spinel is the "Black Prince's Ruby" (a 170 carat gem). This piece was acquired by Edward V in 1937! The gem is now embedded in England's state crown and is held at the Tower of London. 

Gem and Mineral Formation:
Spinel typically crystallizes in an isometric system. Spinel is singularly refractive like garnet and diamonds. You can identify Spinel by its distinct octahedral crystal structure.

Revealed by Man:
          The time period when Spinel was discovered is still relatively unclear. Spinel’s were most often referred to as “balas rubies”, a name which may have referred to their suspected country of origin, either Sri Lanka or Afghanistan. However, there are clear geological guidelines of where Spinel is mainly found. Significant deposits have been found in Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. There are many other locations where you can find Spinel including: Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, Nepal,  Nigeria, Tadzhikistan, Tanzania and the USA.

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.