Thursday, October 4, 2018


Ammolite & Ammonite




We currently have an absolutely gorgeous ammonite slice with pieces of ammolite gently and artistically implemented into the fossil. Incorporating a beautiful array of colors, each pendant attests to the fact that Autumn has arrived. Bundle up in your warm Autumn apparel and bedazzle it by selecting one of our colorful ammolite pendants!

What is an ammonite?
            An ammonite is an ancient marine animal that has been extinct for over 65 million years. It’s name was derived from the Egyptian god Ammon because the fossil looks like a ram’s horn and Ammon had the horns of a ram.

What is ammolite?
            Ammolite is a gemstone that is found on the outside of the shell of an ammonite. Much like a pearl, ammolite is constructed with nacre. It is a biogenic gemstone meaning it is a byproduct of a living creature or what used to be a living creature, which is a very rare case.



Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of ammolite and ammonite as well as 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, September 27, 2018

It's Balloon Fiesta Season!




Balloons are flying, there’s a chill in the air, warm up your wardrobe with our beautiful pieces of amber! Our selection includes Baltic Amber in wonderful Fall tones of butter, cognac, and green glitter. You’re invited to check out our galleries and website for our wide collection with many price points!


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

Thursday, August 30, 2018


September's Birthstone

 


Sincerely Sapphire


Sapphire necklace: multicolored sapphires and sterling silver.

Scientific Information:
          Sapphire forms in molten rock that slowly cools below the Earth’s surface commonly known as igneous rocks. Sapphire is a variation of corundum; another commonly heard variation is rubies. Sapphires are known for their royal blue hue but they can come in many other colors, excluding red. Synthetic sapphires are often used in windows.

Revealed by Man:
          Sapphires were first mined in Kashmir, Pakistan in the late 1800s because they encouraged holiness for those deemed royal. Currently, sapphires are commercially mined for in Australia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, East Africa and mostly a single location in North America, Montana.

Legend and Lore:
          Sapphires symbolize wisdom and robust self-esteem. Sapphires promote virtue and good luck. In engagement rings and wedding rings alike, sapphires stands for sincerity, trust, respect, communication, and faithfulness.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of sapphire 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 9, 2018




August's Birthstone: Provoking Peridot

Revealed by Man:
Peridot was first mined by Ancient Egyptians, sought after for the beauty and safety peridot was fabled to provide. There have been several investigations on whether or not Cleopatra’s collection of emeralds was in fact peridot. Peridot is Arizona’s state stone and is largely mined there.

Legend and Lore:
Peridot has often been tied to light and the sun. It was believed to protect people from the dangers of the night and evil spirits. Peridot is also believed to promote inspiration in dreamers and seekers.

Scientific Information:
Peridot forms deep within the Earth and is brought to the surface with the force of volcanoes. Considered semi-precious as a cousin of olivine.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of peridot 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, June 21, 2018




Touchstone Galleries Exclusive Risers

Touchstone Galleries now offers exclusive display risers created by a New Mexican metal artist. Sturdy, reliable and pleasant to the eyes of a minimalist, these risers are subtle and do not deflect attention from the “object of beauty” it displays.

We offer 7 exclusive sizes. Check out our website for a more detailed description and their prices.

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

We invite you to view our current offerings of risers as well as 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 15, 2018


Pre-historic Era Appreciation


Approximately 200 million years ago, it was claimed that dinosaurs ruled the Earth and later proven through the geology which unearthed many of their fossilized skeptical figures. In honor of the Jurassic Period and other pre-historic times, Touchstone Galleries would like to take you back to those times and offer you a tour though any of our galleries and web-site to view our incredible collection of pre-historic bones and fossils.


We offer a mosasaur skull, a hadrosaur maiasaura femur and a diplodocus foot bone (featured below). For the younger minds, we offer wooly mammoth t-shirts, fossilized coprolite (100 + Million year old poop) and a fossilized collection of 12 identified specimens.



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


Meet the doorman at our lovely Santa Fe location!


Thursday, May 31, 2018


Perfect Pearls



Scientific Information:
Pearls are formed when an unwanted individual (such as sand) invades a mussel, clam, or oyster. The organism that is being invaded then begins to plaster the invader with nacre, that iridescent gloss you see on pearls. The nacre prevents the invader from doing any damage. The organism continues lathering on the nacre until the invader is no longer a threat, becoming a beautiful pearl.
Revealed by Man:
Pearls are incredibly universal. They symbolize absolute purity and are found to be significant to religions all over the world. Some of the earliest known fascinations with pearls dates back to the Chinese before 5th Century BC when Egyptians started to use them in décor. In the 1800s, fishing had drastically reduce the number of oysters around Europe, therefore raising the price of the beautiful gemstone so high that only the rich could afford pearls, thus connecting them to the image of royalty.
Legend and Lore:
Pearl is often tied to being wholesome and the significance of tradition. In many June weddings, the bride and the bride’s mother will wear a string of Culture Pearls, which are pristine white, perfectly spherical, and are the most common pearls. Pearls also revere an astrological significance, binding it’s beauty to Venus. Like the roman goddess of beautiful, pearls also came from the sea.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of fresh water pearls, soft shell pearls, mabe pearls, oyster pearls, blister pearls, culture pearls, and many other fascinating natural art pieces [some shown above] 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 22, 2018


Elegant Emerald

*Chunks of Fluorite, an ammonite fossil, and a necklace with chips of Emerald*

  *Picture from Wikipedia*


Scientific Information:
            Emeralds are a form of the mineral beryl making emerald a cousin of aquamarine. Composed of hexagonal crystals, emerald is a cyclosilicate meaning it is extremely intricate and a well connected gemstone, the perfect representative for the month of May.
Revealed By Man:
            Emeralds have been highly regarded by ancient civilizations in Africa, Asia, and South America for over 5000 years, tying it’s green color to royalty. The Roman emperor, Nero, enjoyed viewing gladiator fights through thin sheets of Emerald.
Legend and Lore:
                Legends claim that wearers of emerald could foresee the future and protect themselves from evil spells. Its green pigment has been fabled to relieve eye strain and soothe some amount of stress.

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 such as fossils and items celebrating the Taos Lilac Festival 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 1, 2018

Taos Lilac Festival



Taos Lilac Festival

May 19-21






Spring brings along many great things. Two of which are the amazing Taos Lilac Festival, and Touchstone’s spring jewelry collection. Featured above are several beautiful pieces of lilac and spring colored jewelry. The picture in the center is the lilac window display at our Touchstone location in Taos. Not only can you go Taos to experience the amazing lilac festival, but you can stop in at our breathtaking gallery as well. Spring is the time for color, and Touchstone of Taos is definitely representing that.



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, April 3, 2018

Springtime At Touchstone!

Springtime at Touchstone







Welcome to spring! Touchstone is currently offering a wide variety of gorgeous jewelry and home décor pieces that will bring spring colors into your outfits and spaces. With gems such as Topaz, Aquamarine, and Fluorite, Touchstone is offering all the colors of the rainbow!





The two pictures above are pieces that include enchanting Topaz. These pieces showcase some really special and beautiful color combinations. Topaz can be found in a wide variety of colors such as dark blue, orange, white, and mystic topaz (a collage of colors). Touchstone currently has a wide variety of Topaz jewelry and home décor available (including the pieces pictured above).



Featured above is an alluring aquamarine bracelet. Below it, is a gorgeous sample of fluorite. Both of these amazing pieces are available currently at Touchstone. Be sure to take a look at our wide variety of colorful pieces, just in time for spring!


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, March 29, 2018

April At Touchstone



 April: It’s All About Crystals

April babies, Touchstone’s spring collection is offering a wide variety of crystals, Herkimer and Payson diamonds. Payson diamonds, so named are found near Payson, Arizona. These beautiful new pieces are the perfect touch of elegance to any outfit or space.

 

Payson 





The two necklaces pieces above are beautiful examples of Herkimer diamonds. Herkimer diamond is a generic name for a double terminated quartz crystal discovered in and around Herkimer country, New York, and the Mohawk river valley. The pieces above are available for purchase right now at Touchstone gallery!

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, January 25, 2018

February’s Birthstone: Amazing Amethyst

Amethyst in Jewelry and Home Décor: Not only is Amethyst February’s amazing birthstone, it is perfect for jewelry and home décor as well. The classic purple color gives every space, or outfit, a sense of sophistication and elegance.  Touchstone carries a wide variety of this beautiful gemstone. From small glimpses in jewelry, to large cathedrals for home décor. No matter the range of sizes, the shimmering glow of this gorgeous mineral is truly amazing!

Legend and Lore: Amethyst has been a very popular mineral through many decades and cultures. Many believe that it has healing powers that will keep them clear-headed. It was once considered a precious gem such as rubies or diamonds are today.

Mineral Formation: The presence of iron in the gemstone gives it its radiant purple color. The amazing gemstone is a variety of quartz. 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. 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.



Thursday, January 4, 2018

January’s Birthstone! Glorious Garnet!
Garnet in Jewelry and Décor: Garnet has a wide range of natural colors, making it an interesting and beautiful stone to use in jewelry. Garnet, having multiple vibrant colors, is sometimes confused with other popular gems. Touchstone Gallery currently offers a wide variety of this truly glorious birthstone.


Scientific Information: The six most common types of garnet are Almandine, Pyrope, Spessartite, Grossular, Andradite, and Uvarovite. Red garnet is one of the most common and widespread of gems, found in metamorphic rocks (which are rocks altered by heat and pressure) on every continent. A green garnet also occurs in metamorphic rocks, but it’s rarer because it needs unusual rock chemistries and special conditions to form.

Legend and Lore: Traditionally, garnets are given as a gift on a 2nd and 6th wedding anniversary. This is because garnet is said to be a representation of love, purity, truth, and compassion. Many people also believe that garnet has several therapeutic properties. Garnets were also often used as signet rings in ancient Rome, and the nobility favored garnets in the Middle Ages.

Touchstone Gallery invites you to view our current offerings of garnet 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