Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December’s Birthstone! Striking Zircon!

Zircon in Jewelry: Zircon comes in a large variety of colors, which makes this gem perfect for jewelry making. Yellow-brown to orange and red zircon are the most common. Blue is the most popular, but its color is obtained through the heating of brown zircon. Zircon is commonly confused for being a diamond.


Legend and Lore: Zircon’s name is derived from Persian word “zargun” meaning golden-colored. Throughout the years, many have wondered if Zircon is a dangerous crystal due to its radioactivity. It has since been proven that there is very little to no danger when it comes to these crystals. Especially when Zircon is in jewelry or on a small scale, there is truly no need to worry about health risks.

Revealed by Man: Zircon is the oldest known mineral on the planet, dating back 4.5 billion years. The oldest piece of Zircon was found in Australia, but Cambodia, Brazil, Korea, and Madagascar are also large sources for the beautiful gem. 


Touchstone Gallery invites you to view our current offerings of zircon 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.  


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Alluring Topaz

Alluring Topaz
Topaz in Jewelry: Topaz is Novembers beautiful birth stone! Topaz can be a range of colors such as London (dark) blue to Swiss blue, burnt orange, clear (white topaz), and mystic topaz (a collage of color). Touchstone Gallery currently has a wide variety of alluring Topaz.



Legend and Lore: The ancient Hebrew High Priests, mentioned in the Book of Exodus, had a breastplate filled with 12 stones to protect the gate to heaven. Topaz was one of these stones.  As a healing stone, Topaz is said to help with blood disorders, promotes rejuvenation, and helps in curing endocrine problems, thrombosis and asthma along with several other diseases. The Greeks believed that Topaz also had the power to increase strength.

Science of Mineral Formation: Topaz occurs in pegmatites. It is also found in high temperature quartz veins and sometimes in granite and rhyolites. The element chromium causes natural pink, red, and violet-to-purple colors in topaz. Imperfections at the atomic level in topaz crystal structure can cause yellow, brown, and blue color. Brown is a common topaz color. Topaz is commonly mislabeled as “smokey quartz”.


Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of many 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, November 2, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from Touchstone!

Happy Thanksgiving from Touchstone!

Thanksgiving is a perfect time to say thank you. We at Touchstone would love to say thank you to all our customers, and followers, and we would like to make it easy to say thank you to your loved ones as well! Touchstone is currently offering a wide variety of gifts perfect for the autumn season. These gems and fine pieces of jewelry present beautiful fall tones.


 The pieces featured above include two amazing petrified wood bowls, petrified wood book ends, a petrified wood sample in an egg shape, and a petrified wood slab. These amazing pieces will warm up your area with their gorgeous natural colors!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of many 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, October 24, 2017

Pink Month!

Pink Month!

October is breast cancer awareness month. Don't forget to wear pink to support breast cancer survivors, remember those who have passed, and celebrate the steps we are taking to end cancer together!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of 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, October 10, 2017


Fall Collection!

It’s Autumn which means it’s the time for giving! It’s also the time for warm earth tones. Touchstone offers a wide variety of fall colored jewelry and home décor. These lovely and elegant pieces will give you the warm feeling you crave during the fall season.



Beautiful ambers, jaspers, and Touchstone’s other variety of gems will match the amazing autumn leaves, and add a touch of warmth to your day.

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Banded Onyx
About Banded Onyx: Banded Onyx is the result of the slow precipitation of calcite crystals. Iron in the oxidized state gives it a red color, while iron in the reduced state gives it a green color. Onyx is also a member of the carbonate group of minerals. Often times, a solid chunk of stone is hand-turned on a lathe to produce fine bowls, plates, vases and other objects.


Legend and Lore: Banded Onyx is known to have very powerful healing properties. It is said to bring people balance, self-confidence, and focus. Onyx has been used throughout many generations as carving stones in Ancient Greece, and stone inlays and tiles in ancient Rome.

Banded Onyx at Touchstone: Onyx can be found worldwide, but the variety captured above comes from South Asia. The deep, natural colors are the perfect enhancement to every area!
Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of aquamarine 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 31, 2017

Happy Trails Volume 15

Happy Trails Volume 15


This wonderful peacock marble vase just found its place in a glorious California home. Its natural tones compliment the space in an elegant and beautiful way. We knew that when we said goodbye to this lovely piece at our Sedona location, it would fit into any space perfectly. Happy trails to this naturally gorgeous piece.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Colorful Tiger Iron!

About Tiger Iron: Tiger iron gets its beautiful colors from three main minerals. Tiger eye quarts, black hematite, and red jasper. Its interesting bands of color make it perfect for jewelry, and home décor. The ancient Greeks believed that keeping a sample of tiger iron close would have physical healing properties for aches and pains. Tiger iron is commonly found in Australia, Brazil, England, Mexico, and even some parts of the United States.


Tiger Iron at Touchstone: If you’re interested in tiger iron, right now is the perfect time to buy from touchstone! The gorgeous table above is currently being featured at our Sedona location, and online. Its natural beauty makes it the perfect piece of home décor. Whether you use it as a coffee table, or just a decoration, it is guaranteed to bring a burst of color to your space. The base in the picture is for display purposes and not for sale with the slab.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of aquamarine 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, July 20, 2017

Star Burst Drusy

Star Burst Drusy!
Touchstone Drusy: Touchstone currently has a wide verity of sparkling drusy! With an array of colors and styles you are sure to find the perfect match for your collection, just in time for the solar eclipse! On August 21st, a solar eclipse with occur. Be sure you have your attention grabbing drusy in time for the wonderful and rare event!



Legend and Lore: Drusy is believed to enhance creativity and was globally used in very early times. Quartz drusy was used in hopes and beliefs that it was a stone that could produce rain. Quartz drusy was also believed to be similar to ice and was used as a cooling device.

Geological properties: Drusy is a geological term that is used when quartz or silicon dioxide form a layer with small and tight crystals that commonly line the surface or opening to a cavity or geode of a different rock. Natural drusy gets its beautiful colors based on the type of mineral that it is.

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

We invite you to view our current offerings of agate 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, July 13, 2017

Dreamy Calcite and Fluorite

Dreamy Calcite and Fluorite

At Touchstone: Below we have several pieces that display the beautiful colors of orange calcite, and deep green and purple fluorite. These shimmering examples of the beautiful minerals work great in home décor, or as desk decorations. The classic cut of animal shapes will bring elegance and fun into whatever space you choose.
About Calcite: Calcite is a carbonate mineral that has colors that range from grays to pinks to yellows and oranges.  During the Ordovician and Jurassic era there were so called Calcite Sea’s. Calcite seas were seas with bits of calcite in them. To be specific the seas contained low-magnesium calcite precipitate which was in other words, dissolved calcite. Later on the calcite hardened and crystallized with shells and marine creatures inside of the calcite. Calcite is also formed in caves such as the Glenwood caverns in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Italy is also known to be a great source of calcite.
About Fluorite: Fluorite is formed by hydrothermal solutions rapidly rising. Hydrothermal solutions are watery fluids containing calcium & fluorine. As the solution rises, it created crystals in the hydrothermal veins of the Earth.  The origin of the word fluorite comes from the Latin verb to flow. In Roman times, people thought if you drank alcoholic beverages from a vessel craved from fluorite, it would prevent drunkenness. This mindset was continued through the eighteenth century.


Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of fluorite 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, June 30, 2017

The 4th of July At Touchstone!



The 4th of July At Touchstone!
Touchtone sells a wide variety of red white and blue. You’ll be the most festive at the holiday party with gleaming colored druzy. The fourth of July inspired jewelry below will assist you in showing your pride for your country and your freedom.
The star shaped necklace, featuring deep blue druzy, is sure to be very festive and alluring. In the center of the picture above, there is a pair of blue druzy earrings. When these dangle they are sure to be eye catching. These are not only very festive for this holiday, but also a wonderful piece of jewelry to wear at any time. Also showcased is a white druzy necklace. The elegance and shimmering of the druzy is the perfect necklace to wear on the anniversary of the freedom that we cherish so dearly.

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