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.