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 www.touchstonegalleries.com.