Tuesday, October 18, 2016

November's Birthstone: Citrine!

Citrine in Jewelry and Home Décor:

            The glamorous golden amber tones presented in citrine makes home and office décor stand out in your home or office building. The warm glow of orange encases a cozy feeling in any room you may place a citrine geode or table. In jewelry, the colors of citrine would match with any of the typical autumn tones of red, brown, black, and orange. Alternatively, they would also contrast aesthetically with shades of green and blue.
SKU # GMIG-124
This intricate faceted and rough citrine necklace is just one of the citrine jewelry pieces Touchstone Gallery offers. In addition, a root beer shade of citrine geode table would be a fascinating and robust extension of any room.
 SKU # JIN-7501
Legend and Lore:
            In ancient times, citrine was always carried with warriors in protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. The current metaphysical benefits are thought to calm any anxiety brewing in your life. By releasing this feeling of being out of control, you can accept the future on your own personal terms. The shining gemstone is said to be a welcoming gift from the sun. If you keep some citrine in your business or office, you’re said to have future prosperity. Remember- Citrine is the birthstone of November, wouldn’t you want to add all of these benefits to your life?

 Scientific Information on Citrine:
            Citrine is a type of quartz mineral with a cryptocrystalline structure. This means that the crystals are visible to the naked eye. There are two types of citrine- natural citrine and heat-treated amethyst or smokey crystal. Natural citrine is extremely rare and when it is in the natural form, it is found in small qualities.The natural citrine coloring ranges from a pale yellow to pale orange. Natural citrine The heat-treated amethyst typically has a red tint to the mineral, and the color range includes yellow-brown, dark orange-brown, copper red, brown and dark orange.
Revealed by Man:
            Most citrine comes from Brazil, and you can find natural citrine in Russia, France and Madagascar. Citrine is found in quartz veins and most pieces are only a few carats in size.
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of citrine 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, October 3, 2016

Like Autumn Leaves, Welcome the Many Shades of Amber


The leaves are changing and the autumn air is wafting around all of us. As we enjoy the delicacy of the leaves jumping and dancing around through the fall breeze, there is a colorful resemblance to the many shades of amber. Touchstone Gallery invites you to celebrate the season of warmth with our amber products.


Amber resin is warming by nature, considering it will heat to the body temperature instead of always having a cold sensation to the touch. The metaphysical benefits are astounding as well. Amber is said to heal the user and give them the reassuring feeling of health and healing. 


Most commonly, natural amber colors range from a golden honey hue, yellow, green, dark cherry, amber brown and surprisingly blue hues as well. It can be both transparent and opaque but are all equally as dazzling. Amber is a fossilized resin, but don’t be mistaken by its resemblance to sap. Resin is what protects a tree by blocking any gaps or cracks in the bark. As it seeps from the tree, bugs tend to get caught in its stickiness. The resin eventually drops to the ground and over millions of years it is fossilized into the beautiful amber we have today.


Amber is found all across the globe, but larger deposits tend to be localized in parts of the Baltic region, Dominican Republic and Mexico. Amber can also be found in Canada, China, France, Romania, Russia and the USA (Alaska, Arkansas and New Jersey), many other locations including the Touchstone Gallery. We welcome you to visit any of our three gallery locations and/or our online store to view our beautiful collection of fossilized jewelry and specimens. You just might find an insect or two inside! 



Nicholas Cage visited our Sedona Gallery and purchased an original Sumatra Blue amber necklace, you could too!


In Addition: Another absolutely remarkable autumn-colored item Touchstone Gallery has to offer is our custom limited Tiger Iron/ Tiger Eye inlay table. The ravishing table is based off of a 22" bronze tone metal base, and is topped of by a beveled glass top. The 30" overall diameter allows you to enjoy and realistically use the multi-toned table swatches with navy and light blue, gold, amber and oak tones.



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