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.
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.
Scientific Information: Zircon is a crystal that forms when molten granite cools. Zircon is the oldest mineral to form on the Earth that holds faint traces of uranium and thorium and oxygen. This is a scientific excitement because if the oldest mineral on Earth provides hints of water from almost 5 billion years ago, then there is evidence of life before originally thought. Revealed by Man: Zircon has become known as a deceptive simulation for it’s convincing role as a false diamond. In the 1900s, Zircon was often used as a diamond counterfeit that allowed many people to flaunt a more expensive look, though it was smoke and mirrors. Legend and Lore: Zircon was said to bring about sound sleep, ward off evil spirits and expressions, and instill honor and wisdom. Blue Zircon was highly sought after in the VIctorian Era because it signified a royal status. However, Blue Topaz is much more common and accessible and used as an alternative December birthstone.
Beloved Blue Topaz
Scientific Information: Topaz is formed when fluorine-laced vapors are released in the final stages of crystallization of igneous rocks. Usually in rhyolite and granite cravasses. Topaz helps with locating the presence of tin ore. Revealed by Man: Topaz was found in the mountains of Russia in the 19th century. It was also easily found in eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and parts of Latin America. Legend and Lore: It was said that Topazes could magically attract gold and other forms of wealth. Topaz also warded off evil thoughts and spirits and encouraged a gentler, healthier mind with a good amount of self-esteem. Topaz also represents the planet Jupiter in Hindu astrology.
Our hearts go out to those affected by cancer. We at Touchstone Galleries, lend our support and hope through our current offering of the Heartfelt Cure Collection. This selection of perfectly pink jewelry was designed in order to support and remember those that have been impacted by cancer, the patients as well as the friends and families. In times of kind and gentle confessions of love, pride, and hope, tenderness is extended through this collection.
Proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society-Research where one day, hopefully soon, they can find the heartfelt cure.
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.
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!
Sapphire necklace: multicolored sapphires and sterling silver.
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.
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.
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.
Learn more about minerals & fossils.