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 www.touchstonegalleries.com.


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 www.touchstonegalleries.com.