Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sapphire: September's Birthstone


Sapphire in Jewelry:
        Depending on the style of jewelry you like, we have just the thing! The earrings we have on the left would be wonderful for your September birthday dinner or any other event! The robust necklace, pictured in the top write, truly signifies the spirit of fall through all of its warm colors.

Gem Information:
        Sapphire is the second hardest substance on Earth after the diamond, rating a 9 on the Mohs scale. The traditional color of sapphire is a deep, rich blue. The coloring is due to the presence of aluminum. Sapphire also comes in green, red, sunset orange, purple, and rose. Since sapphire is an aluminum oxide, or corundum, there is a very thin line between ruby and sapphire itself. Red sapphire is typically sold as quality sapphire instead of low-grade ruby.

Legend and Lore:
        Sapphire has always been associated with royalty and romance, notably when Prince Charles gave Princess Diana a sapphire engagement ring. This ring is now worn by Princess Kate, the wife of Princess Diana’s son William. Sapphire have been considered royal long before then. The metaphysical properties of sapphire are truly outstanding! In the ancient and medieval world, sapphires blue signified hope and faith. The blue sky was to be believed as a reflection of those properties thanks to sapphire.

Revealed by Man:
        There are only three predominate areas that have sapphire: Kashmir, Shiri Lanka, and Myanmar. Although as of 2007, Madagascar had been the leading producer of sapphire. Luckily, through Touchstone Galleries, we have them right here in the US for you to purchase!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone

We invite you to view our current offerings of sapphire 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.   

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Pargasite: A Perfect Piece

Pargasite in Home Décor:
        The piece of pargasite that Touchstone Gallery has recently acquired is a highly collected and valuable item. Not only is it in bright green form, but it is also displayed on marble. This attractive piece would look fantastic on a table or office desk. Anyone who would get a glimpse of this pargasite on marble would wonder at is delicacy and ornateness.
Mineral and Gem Information:
        Most specimens of pargasite come in brown or dark green hues. A collector quality specimen at Touchstone Gallery, however, has leaf green pargasite on marble! On the hardness scale, Pargasite rated around 5-6 Mohs. Pargasite forms within high temperature metamorphic rocks around igneous intrusions.
Revealed by Man:
        Pargasite was originally found in Pargas, Finland in 1814 and was given the name after where it was discovered. Touchstone Gallery’s specimen was sourced from Vietnam, but many other pieces can be found in Canada, Venezuela, California and Scotland.
Legend and Lore:
        Pargasite is said to work very closely with the heart chakra. The astrological sign it is aligned with is Sagittarius. Supposedly, with the use of this gem, you can break down the “walls” around your heart to protect ourselves from hurt.

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Peridot – August Birthstone


Peridot in Jewelry:
This pendant, designed by Marta Howell is resting on rough peridot in basalt. It shows how elegantly peridot can be exhibited. The warm yet light green color of peridot resembles the new leaves of Spring. Peridot twinkles under the sunlight and never fails to guarantee a stunning declaration of beauty. Touchstone Gallery is able to provide you with the ambiance that peridot provides throughout jewelry necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. We also offer peridot in rough on basalt and individual polished gemstones.
Gem and Mineral Information:  

          Typically, gemstones have a wide range of coloring, however peridot is different. The spectrum of a typical sample you’ll find of peridot is a brown-green to yellow-green. Peridot is a gemstone that is formed deep within volcanoes and is then brought to the surface over time. Today, the majority of Peridot comes from Arizona, New Mexico, Pakistan and Myanmar. Peridot can also have an interstellar link! Scientists have recently found the gem in some meteors that have fallen to earth. Its chemical composition includes iron and magnesium, iron being the reason for the green color of the mineral.
Revealed by Man:
          As one of the oldest minerals on Earth, there are shocking records that the mining of peridot started as early as 1500 B.C.! It is often speculated that Cleopatra’s famous emeralds were actually peridot.
Legend and Lore:
          Peridot is said to be able to eliminate your nightmares and bring you power throughout the next year, it’s a magical gemstone! If you know someone whose birthday is in August, head over to Touchstone Gallery for the perfect enchanting stone!

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