Tuesday, June 4, 2019

June Birthstones

June, unlike most other months, has three unique birthstones: Pearl, moonstone and alexandrite. Each have different meanings and different aesthetics. alexandrite is surprisingly  rare and highly sought after. Pearl and moonstone are truly awe inspiring.  June marks the beginning of a splendid summer.

Perfect Pearl


Scientific Information: Pearls are hard spheres formed in the soft tissue of male shelled mollusks. They are made up of calcium carbonate, or a mixture of aragonite and calcite. Pearls have, for centuries, been a very rare and sought after Mineral.

Revealed by Man: Pearl hunting is has been present  throughout much of human  history, first being recorded around 2,206 BCE by a Chinese historian. They were found by fisherman and sold to use as jewelry. They would later become one of the most admirable gems used in jewelry.

Legend and Lore: Pearls have a strong association with the moon in many cultures. Many believe that pearls harness the power of the moon and is often considered a daughter of the moon. One legend says that pearls are the hardened tears of Eve after being banished from Eden.


Miraculous Moonstone
Scientific Information: Moonstone is a sodium potassium aluminum silicate that has a very unique look. This is due to refraction of light just within the mineral that causes it to glisten unlike any other stone. Moonstone is built up of albite and orthoclase, two different feldspar elements. Revealed By man: Moonstone has been used for millennia in a wide variety of cultures. Moonstones were referenced often in both greek and roman cultures. The mineral experienced a peak of interest with the art nouveau period. Since then it has been used primarily for jewelry. Legend and Lore: Hindu mythology suggests that Moonstones are solidified moonbeams. The mineral is thought to bring calm, peace, and balance to ones life. It is also widely believed to embrace sacred feminine energy.
Admirable Alexandrite

Alexandrite is an extremely rare gemstone that was only discovered in the 19th century. The gem can appear red, yellow, purple or green and changes quite often. Alexandrite is believed to bring good luck and balance in your life. Alexandrite is also connected to romance, as it is the gemstone for the 55 year wedding anniversary. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy Memorial Day from
Touchstone Gallery


Memorial day represents all of the men and women who have served to protect our country. Countless lives have been lost in the efforts to obtain and protect our freedom. We offer our deepest condolences and most sincere gratitude to their families. This is a day of celebration for our country. Remember to thank the veterans in your life for their incredible service.

If you have free time between hamburgers and hotdogs, We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst Bonsai trees 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, May 9, 2019

Marvelous Mother’s Day!


Touchstone Gallery is the perfect place for all your mother’s day needs. We have an extensive collection of jewelry that catches the eye and is an excellent way to celebrate the woman who shaped you. Your mother is sure to appreciate your loving gestures and will be reminded that you are thankful.  Additionally, we have many pieces that would compliment any environment perfectly. Put one of our amethyst trees in your living room to add a playful splash of color.  Or use one of our beautiful cathedrals as a centerpiece for your office. Stop into one of our galleries and find the special mother’s day gift you’ve been looking for!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst Bonsai trees 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 7, 2019

2019 Lilac Festival




During the weekend of May 17-19, Taos holds its annual Lilac Festival. Lilacs first came to Taos around the year 1900 with the arrival of new American and European citizens. Visit our beautiful Touchstone gallery to see our extravagant Lilac displays. We have a plethora of amethyst hearts that are a perfect gift for your loved ones. These will look terrific next to your vanity or on your desk and are sure to warm hearts. There are a variety of gentle purple hues that glisten in the sunlight and brighten up the entire room. We hope that you will join us at the lilac festival and peruse our new items. If you have any questions, feel free to visit the festivals website: http://www.taoslilacfestival.com/

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of amethyst hearts, pink amethyst with pockets of druzy 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, May 2, 2019



Our Taos Team Is Ready To Serve You!

Our Taos team has organized a beautiful selection of amethyst jewelry and specimens. The stunning shades of lavender and purple are perfect gifts for mothers day! Our gorgeous new hanging lilac trellis is sure to catch your eye. Touchstone will be offering guided tours on Fri. the 17th and sat. the 18th from 10am-8pm as well as  sunday the 19th from 10am-7pm. These tours will include information about how amethyst is formed and folklore surrounding the mineral as well as much more... Please join us in celebrating the Lilac festival and admire our broad selection of amethyst pieces.

Thursday, April 18, 2019


Touchstone has Handsome (Mexican) Hyalite Opal!

Scientific Information: Hyalite opal is formed in lava as it cools. However,  unlike common opal, hyalite opal loses that opalescent sheen due to a 6% or more amount of water present. When underground gases rise up into the chambers, hyalite opal collects a matte crust.
Revealed by Man: Hyalite opal can be found in Mexico, Australia, and Europe. Hyalite was first discovered in the Zemplen Mountains in Hungary in the mid 1900s.
Legend and Lore: Hyalite opal promotes energy and strengthens your aura. Hyalite opal is said to help clear thoughts, encourage organization, and helps the truth come to the surface. Hyalite opal allows for concentration and serenity

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



Transition from Spring to Summer with Touchstone’s Fresh Summer Line!
Touchstone Galleries has a new and beautiful line of classy jewelry for your summertime wardrobe! We have dendritic opal (far left image and far right image) that provide a youthful addition and respectful aura. Dendritic opal is formed by water and silicon dioxide that create that iridescent look while the dendrites form when there is the presence of iron and manganese. We also have scolecite coupled with fresh water pearls (middle image) that create a gentle, elegant, and simple atmosphere. Scolecite is a rare mineral that forms in volcanic bubbles. Organically, scolecite is comprised of pointed crystals, but formed jewelry, scolecite is shaved down and polished to protect both the owner and the mineral itself. Freshwater pearls are born when a mussel contracts an irritant, like a grain of sand, and begins to coat the irritant in nacre. Both gorgeous pieces represent contentment and change so please let us help you welcome the changing of the seasons!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of dendritic opal, scolecite, freshwater pearls 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, April 11, 2019



April’s Alluring Birthstone: Diamonds Galore!

We sell a variety of diamonds at our galleries! We sell Herkimer diamonds from New York and Payson specimen diamond from Arizona!

Scientific information: Herkimer diamonds are formed in sedimentary rock. The pockets in the sedimentary rock would fill up with gas from decomposing creatures several layers below and air pressure would increase. The air pressure combined with the increasing heat create these crystals that are Herkimer diamonds. Payson diamonds are formed by lesser pressure than Herkimers, and often form in geodes due to hollowed out areas in sedimentary rock.
Revealed by Man: Herkimer diamonds were first discovered by miners in the 18th century. They were found in large quantities with dolostone. Herkimer diamonds can be found in the Middle East, New York, and parts of Asia. Payson diamonds were found at Payson, Arizona in the late 1900s. Where they were found is now called Diamond Point.
Legend and Lore: Herkimer diamonds are said to strengthen ones mind. Herkimer diamonds are also fabled to promote energy and focus as well as purify spaces and purify yourself. Payson diamonds bring high energy. They are said to amplify spiritual energy and intelligence.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of herkimer diamonds, payson diamonds, crystals 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, April 4, 2019



Bring in Spring With Our Spring Pendant Collection!

    Touchstone has stunning spring colors to offer you for this wonderful season! Each of our colorful new pendants can accent some piece of your personality and add to your outfit! These pieces represent the spring! Springtime is the season of transformation, growth, and new beginnings. Let us guide you into this new season with our selection of Thulite (pink stones in leftmost image), Blue opal (blue stones in leftmost image), Ocean Jasper (leftmost stone in middle image), Hemimorphite (leftmost stone in middle image), Aquamarine (upper-stone in the middle pendant in the middle image) , Turquoise (bottom-most stone in middle pendant in the middle image), and Smithsonite (all stones in the rightmost image)! Let’s make this spring full of color and happiness!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings thulite, blue opal, ocean jasper, hemimorphite (127 W. San Francisco St.), Sedona (320 N. State Route 89A) and Taos (110 S. Plaza), or online at www.touchstonegalleries.com.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


Introducing Our Zipper Gemstone Rocks!
         Beautifully crafted small sculpture with real gemstones! The zipper looks as though it could actually work! This imaginative piece makes for a great conversation starter or even just to brighten up your garden or coffee table! The one on the top is chrysoprase which is said to bring optimism, the one in the middle is turquoise which promotes personal protection, and the lowest one is aquamarine that brings happiness. Each Zipper Rock is beautiful and enjoyable!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current zipper rocks 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, March 21, 2019

Fantastic New Fossil Palm Plates!
      Check out our incredible new fossil palm plates! The one on the left is over 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide with 15 fish and is currently located in our Santa Fe location! The one on the right a little over 5 feet tall and almost 4 feet wide and is housed in our Sedona location! These fossil palm plates are fascinating pieces that will “wow” anyone who sees them! Accent your living space with these stunning and massive fossils!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current palm plates 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, March 7, 2019




Happy Saint Patrick's Day! It’s time to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland through feasting on delicious food and doning the color green! We remember Saint Patrick’s success in establishing monasteries, churches, and schools in Ireland! It is said that he used the shamrock to teach young children about the Holy Trinity and that if you weren’t wearing green, leprechauns would pinch you. St. Patrick’s Day became a secular holiday with Irish families immigrating to the US in the 1800s and 1900s. Let us help you honor St. Patrick with our beautiful selection of green hued items! From peridot to moldavite, no one can pinch you!

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of peridot, ammolite, moldavite 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, February 28, 2019


March's Birthstone: Aquamarine
Scientific Information: Aquamarine is a sub-gemstone of the mineral Beryl. Aquamarine forms in magma as the magma cools. Beryl comes in many different colors, however, when there is iron present as the magma cools, the mineral takes on a blue-green color becoming Aquamarine.
Revealed by Man: Romans name the gemstone for its resemblance to the sea, “aqua” for water and “mar” for sea. Sailors would always keep Aquamarine on their personnel to please Neptune, the Roman god of the sea.
Legend and Lore: Aquamarine is said to bestow bravery as well as happiness and focus. Aquamarine also encourages healing and youth.

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, February 26, 2019



Meteorites have crash landed on Earth!
Visit any of our three locations to view our offerings! These Muonionalusta Meteorites came to Earth just for you!

Scientific Information: Muonionalusta Meteorites are very rare because they are made up of a sturdy yet easily weldable Nickel-Iron alloy as well as stishovite. Stishovite is an incredibly solid mineral that is unique to find on the Earth's crust. The combination of the alloy and the stishovite created a stunning gridded pattern.
Revealed by Man: Muonionalusta Meteorites were first discovered in Sweden in 1906 and is the oldest known meteorite to land on Earth. Muonionalusta Meteorites entered the Earth’s atmosphere around 800,000 to 1,000,000 years ago.
Legend and Lore: Meteorites are often revered as omens or gifts from gods across the world. Muonionalusta Meteorites are stones of high vibration that promote personal growth and spiritual growth. They also amplify psychic abilities.


Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of muonionalusta meteorites 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, February 14, 2019


We attended the Tuscon Mineral and Fossil - Gem Show 2019! It was a blast and we have some exciting new merchandise! Visit our website at www.touchstonegalleries.com and see all of our wonderful options from all over!





Thursday, January 31, 2019


February's Birthstone: the Attractive Amethyst

Scientific Information: When volcanic lava cools, pockets in the magma begin to form and gas fills them. If manganese is in those pockets during the cooling, the quartz crystals that form retain a purple hue.
Revealed by Man: Amethyst was first discovered in the Archaic period, when Ancient Greece began to thrive, around 6th to 8th century BC. Leonardo Di Vinci in the late 1400s was quite fond of amethyst.
Legend and Lore: Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst would deflect intoxication. In medieval Europe, soldiers would wear amethyst to battle because it would deter distraction. Amethyst is said to promote dreams and intelligence.

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.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019


Celebrate your sweetheart!
Valentine's day is your chance to express your love and care for that special person! View our galleries and website to help you come up with some ideas that your honey would adore! We have many options that would clearly reveal how you feel. From our precious gemstone hearts to fascinating fossils, your significant other will feel appreciated.

Touchstone Gallery Offers a Wide Variety of Nature’s Art Etched in Stone
We invite you to view our current offerings of possible gifts 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, January 1, 2019

January’s Birthstone: Gallant Garnet


Scientific Information: Garnet is formed in metamorphic rocks in incredibly high temperatures, usually in a near geometric formation. Garnet has a variety of lights within but the deep red color is the most prominent so that is how it appears to us.

Revealed by Man: Garnet was first found in Ancient Egypt and was worn by pharaohs as a symbol of their strength and regality and bravery. In Ancient Rome, Garnet was a highly traded gem. Garnet was used to cut and sand other gemstones that are not quite as strong. Today, Garnet can be found South America, India, Thailand, China, South Africa, and Madagascar.

Legend and Lore: Garnet promotes business and success. If you place a few Garnets where you tend to work most, you will receive positive outcomes that will benefit you and your work. It is said that Garnet is a confidence booster and brings you contentment.

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