Happy New Year! We wrapped up our month-long sales event for finished jewelry and stones. Thank you to everyone who made us a part of your gift-giving season. This month marks a new month and a new season, making it extra special. To celebrate, there is a bit of extra content in this edition.

Winter officially began December 21 and we are excited to share our new logo colors, inspired by this season's finer features. Ashy blue for the hazy skies of winter, the deep orange of early dusk, muted green of all of the plants hardy enough to handle the cold, cool red like cranberries and purple, this year's Pantone color of the year and a reminder that being bold and different is always in season.
As always, we hope to see you in-store this month, but if you can't make it, be sure to visit us online on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and our website
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We have a few new items this month including new strands of stone beads and some amazing tourmalated quartz specimens! Our stone strands include labradorite, moonstone, agate and much more. The new specimens feature quartz, black tourmaline, and mica! 
Plus, new drilled, angel aura druzy pieces that can be used as cabs or beads! 
All About Garnet
This month’s birthstone is garnet.Garnet is so named for its similarity to the color of pomegranate seeds. Though chiefly red, garnet can come in a bevy of colors including: green, brown, yellow and orange. Considered sacred by native tribes around the world, garnet is a grounding stone that some believe helps with blood circulation due to its swarthy red hue. 
A garnet’s value is determined by its rarity, pureness of color, deepness of color and, of course, its weight. Green garnet is the rarest and most valuable variety, with deep red garnet with high clarity coming in second. Lucky for you, we have garnet beads as low as $6 a strand! This deep colored stone is available in our showroom in rough specimens and polished beads in a variety of shapes. Be sure to check out our selection and grab your perfect pomegranate gem today! 
Monthly Classes 
We're switching things up a bit! This month, Jeff is teaching a class that involves leather and jewelry. Get the details below. We premiere the schedule each month in this newsletter and post weekly events on Facebook for attendees to use as reminders. You can also pick up a paper schedule each month! New schedules are usually available the last weekend of the month. Subscribe to our events page to be notified as soon as we add an event. To reserve your spot in a class give us a call at 1-417-881-0223!  Each class requires a $10 deposit unless otherwise stated. All supplies must be purchased at Touchstone. Act as quickly as possible as seating is very limited! 
Basic Bead Stringing
January 6 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of 
beading structure, as well as wire stringing, clasp options and attaching crimps. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Total estimated cost of supplies starts at $15-$20 depending on the materials chosen.

Seat Limit: 6
Wire Wrapped Pendant
January 20 - 3:00 p.m.
Join Wanda and learn to make wire wrapped pendants for undrilled stones. Capture your favorite stone with sterling silver or craft plated wire. A $10 fee is required for registration. Total estimated cost of supplies is $20-$25 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 4
Pearl Knotting
January 27 - 3:00 p.m.
Learn the time-honored technique of stringing pearls with silk thread. Knotting between each pearl protects the pearls, and gives the finished strand a soft, delicate drape. Excellent for beginners. A $10 fee is required to register. Total estimated cost of supplies is $15-$20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 5
Tree of Life
January 6 - 10:00 a.m.
Learn to make a lustrous pendant with wire and crystal beads. Wanda will be there to guide you through putting your spin on this popular design. A $10 fee is required for registration. Total estimated cost of supplies starts at $20-$25 depending on the materials chosen.
Puffy Heart Necklace
January 13 - 10:00 a.m.
Learn this challenging, 3D variation of right-angle weaving. This class is not for beginners. Previous weaving classes/experience is required. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will go toward purchase of supplies. Total estimated cost of supplies is $15-$20 depending on the materials chosen.
Seat Limit: 5
Basket Weave Earrings
January 27 - 10:00 a.m.
Join Jeff for a lesson in basket weave style leather stamping. A $10 deposit is required for registration and will cover the cost of the entire class. Mallets and stamping tools will be provided for use. You are welcome to bring in tools of your own. Leather must be purchased at SLC. 
Seat Limit: 5
Download the January class schedule!
One More Thing! 
 Next month, we're going to Tucson to buy stones! Last year, we came back with loads of amethyst, citrine, agate, white onyx and fantastic crystal beads - to name a few. They also snuck in a rock saw and the Cab King arrived soon after. It's pretty safe to say that Kevin will be firing the machines up more often after this trip, so stay tuned for some more cabs made in-house and some amazing specimens at great prices. Next edition: February class schedule and what's been going on at the store! If you haven't already, please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media. We've got all sorts of things cooking on Facebook and Instagram three times a week. Links are below. 
See ya next time! 
Store Hours: Monday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. CST