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.
*Chunks of Fluorite, an ammonite fossil, and a necklace with chips of Emerald*
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.
Taos Lilac Festival
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.
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