Thursday, June 15, 2017

In The World of Opal!

In the World of Opal!
About Opal: Opal comes in a variety of colors such as, pink, blue, orange, green, and sometimes even purple. The Gemstone is also found is several areas around the world. In recent years, technology has advanced and has allowed the creation of beautiful lab created opal found in some pieces of jewelry today. No matter the location or size, opal’s radiant beauty is always the same. Opal is known for its unique display of flashing rainbow colors called play-of-color. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem as a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.

Types of Opal: The two classes of opal are translucent opal and opaque opal. Translucent opal displays play-of-color, opaque opal does not. Opal is generally found in matrix form and extracted for jewelry or kept in its natural form for gemstone collectors.

Touchstone’s Opals: Touchstone has a wide variety of opals available from all around the world. Our glowing pieces of the gemstone are found in the depths of Australian mines, in the virgin valley of Nevada, Oregon, and in Ethiopia. They range in size, color, and type, but the beauty is consistent.  Add to your collection today!

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   

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dazzling Amethyst

 Dazzling Amethyst

Amethyst in Jewelry and Home Décor: Amethyst’s radiant beauty makes it the perfect component to home décor, or any piece of jewelry. The classic purple color provides a sense of sophistication and elegance.  Touchstone carries a wide variety of the beautiful gemstone. From small glimpses in jewelry, to large cathedrals for home décor. No matter the range of sizes, the shimmering glow of this amazing mineral is truly one of a kind!

Legend and Lore: This gem gets its name from the Greek word “Amethystos” which translates to “not drunken”. Amethyst has been a very popular mineral through many decades and cultures. It is commonly valued for its beauty and the belief that it can heal both physical and emotional damage. Amethyst was once regarded as a precious gemstone such as diamonds, sapphire, and ruby.

Mineral Formation: The presence of iron in the gemstone gives it its radiant purple color. As a variety of quartz, Amethyst is a heat sensitive gemstone. When heat treated, Amethyst becomes beautiful orange citrine. Amethyst can form in a variety of different crystals based on location, but the most common type of amethyst crystal is a stubby pyramidal crystal.

Revealed by Man: While the discovery of Amethyst is still uncertain, we have used the minera
l for billions of years. Amethyst crystals are common in places like Brazil, France, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Russia and Uruguay.

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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

June's Birthstone! Moonstone and Pearl.

Pearls In Jewelry- Pearls are an essential to every jewelry lover’s collection. They come in a variety of vibrant colors such as, pink, brown and black, as well as white and cream. As June’s beautiful birthstone, these mineral gemstones make perfect gifts for people that are born in the summer month.

The pearl’s common off-white color pairs wonderfully with other gemstones such as Amethyst, and White Topaz.
Legend and Lore- Pearls have been a sign of wealth since 2300 B.C. People in China used to believe that pearls would protect them from dragons, and were used as such. Pearls are also commonly used in the same healing way as crystals; as spiritual tokens and to assist in calming and centering.
Science of Pearl Formation- Pearls are the only gemstone that is made by a living organism! A pearl is formed when a piece of sand makes its way into a mollusk, oyster, or mussel. Over time, several layers of nacre, a shiny mucus like substance, form around the grain of sand. This process can take up to seven or eight years, but the result is beautiful.
Revealed By Man- Pearls are discovered by people called “pearl divers”. Most pearl divers work and operate in Japan.  Pearls are found all over the world in places such as Scotland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, and the USA. They are also found in regions of Mexico, Europe, and Australia.

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

Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy Mother's Day from Touchstone Gallery!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the lovely moms or moms-to-be! Touchstone Gallery has all of the right glimmering gemstones for the mom you'd like to treat. On the left is a stunning rainbow moonstone, blue and white topaz, and rose quartz necklace. The pendants on the right display the calm tones in aquaprase. We invite you to stop in today at out galleries in Taos, Santa Fe, Sedona, or our online store at for more! 

Beautiful window-front designs at our Sedona gallery.

New Arrival at Touchstone: Hand-Painted Ammonite Stands

A stunning addition to all of our galleries! You can now find these beautiful, hand-painted ammonite stands in a black, gold, copper, and bronze. The colors of the stands perfectly compliment the ammonites that go within them. Our co-owner and brilliant designer Susan Wilhelm crafted the stands that you can find in Taos, Santa Fe, and Sedona!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

New Arrival at Touchstone: Spring Necklaces!

Touchstone Gallery is offering a beautiful springtime piece for anyone who wants to display the season! The stunning blister pearl pendant is strung on rondel rose quartz beads. We invite you to stop in today one of Touchstone Gallery's locations in Sedona, Taos, or Santa Fe to see all of the magnificent bracelets, earrings, and necklaces that will pair with all of your springtime outfits!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Arrival at Touchstone: Lepidolite Owls!

New at Touchstone Gallery! Three beautiful hand-carved lepidolite owls resting on aragonite have arrived just in time for a Spring decoration. These pieces are perfect for anyone who is interested in ornithology, or who appreciates the springtime simplicity these beautiful stones. We invite you to stop into a gallery today and enhance your life with dazzling lepidolite owls!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Colors of "The Irish Isles"

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Touchstone Gallery! We invite you to celebrate with our lovely assortment of festive malachite, peridot, fuschite, and Seraphnite! If you've got a St. Patrick's Day party, or simply just want to be festive this season, we've got the perfect item for an amazingly beautiful Spring.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March's Birthstone: Aquamarine!

{Drawn by Lindsey Wilhelm}

Aquamarine in Jewelry:

            Aquamarine’s light, greenish-blue color makes the gemstone stand out in nearly anything you pair with clothing or other jewelry pieces. Touchstone Gallery offers aquamarine pendants, bracelets, and necklace sets that highlight this gem. Aquamarine is a subtler gem, yet makes a bold statement against earth tones.

Scientific Information:
            Aquamarine is a beryl mineral. The best gems combine high clarity with limpid transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues. Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings. The color is traditionally a greenish blue, typically light in tone.

Legend and Lore:
            Many believe the soft and sometimes electrifying color of aquamarine is reminiscent of the ocean. The ancient Greeks thought that aquamarine could protect sailors from the unpredictable seas. March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages. 

 Revealed by Man:
            The first documented discovery of Aquamarine took place in 1723 in the Adun-Chalon mountains in Siberia. Deposits found at this site were rather abundant and it quickly became the primary site for mining it. The peak of production took place in 1796. Aquamarine is most often found in Russia, Brazil, the United States, Africa, Pakistan, and Siberia.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Mardi Gras at Touchstone Gallery

Mardi Gras is coming up soon- February 28th!
Here at Touchstone Gallery, we love to celebrate the fun traditions of Mardi Gras. 

A fascinating story resides within the making of the King Cake:

The King Cake story originates from the Christian religious holiday Epiphany, which is when the Three Wise Men discovered the Christ Child. The cake is an oval coffee cake, that traditionally has a special gift baked inside. Depending on where you celebrate in the world, the gift is different things. In Latin cultures, a bean or a pea is baked into the cake. In European cultures, a coin or a plastic baby is found (but not baked) in the King's Cake. The cake is decorated in Mardi Gras colors: green, gold, and purple. Purple represents justice, gold represents power, and green stands for faith. Whoever gets the gift in their King's Cake is blessed through the new year with prosperity and happiness. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

New Arrival: Fordite!

"In the world of jewelry designs nothing goes to waste they just keep getting more creative",
words of SMHW.

Fordite, also known as Motor Agate, have amazing "psychedelic" designs! Fordite is a by-product made by using the many collected layers of baked automotive enamel slag (rough) that was removed from factories. The over spray in the painting bays slowly built up on the tracks and skids that the car frames were painted on. Each layer was hardened in the ovens that the car bodies went into to cure the paint. Some pieces have been baked 100 times!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February's Birthstone: Alluring Amethyst

Amethyst in Jewelry and Home Décor:
            Amethyst is a beautiful, purple gem that is commonly used ornamentally in jewelry and is designed into home décor pieces. Touchstone gallery has many pieces of amethyst to offer, ranging from delightful, elegant jewelry pieces to small mineral clusters to large spectacular home décor pieces! Touchstone Gallery invites you to see how our amethyst cathedrals and stunning amethyst jewelry will fit into your life!
Scientific Information:
            Amethyst is most prevalent as small stubby pyramidal crystals, although several localities such as the Mexican occurrences are well-known for producing elegantly tall prismatic crystals, which are very highly regarded by collectors. Amethyst also forms the internal lining of geodes, some of which can be over 10 feet tall and weighing several tons!

Revealed by Man:
           The gemstone was first discovered in Europe circa 3000 BC., where many different superstitious beliefs formed. The ancient Greeks believed it to be able to ward off intoxication, which transferred the Greek word “amethystos”, which means “not drunken”, to amethyst. Amethyst was as expensive as ruby and emerald until the 19th Century, when Brazil’s large deposits were discovered.
Legend and Lore:
            The patron of romantic love, St. Valentine, wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of Cupid. Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for the month as February as well as one of the emblems of the twelve apostles. Amethyst was also reputed to control evil thoughts, increase intelligence and render men shrewd in business matters. For travelers it was worn as a protection from treachery and surprise attacks, kept soldiers from harm and gave them victory over their enemies. It lent assistance to hunters in the capture of wild beasts and fowl, and was considered to be a powerful psychic stone of protection against witchcraft and black magic. Like other royal stones it protected its wearer from disease and contagion.