Gem, mineral shop relocates

Apr 10, 2014

The Wishing Stone, a jewelry, rock, fossil and mineral shop previously at 317 Main St., has relocated 21/2 blocks east to 523 Main St.

They plan to have a “soft opening” on Saturday, April 12, with a grand opening to follow soon.

The Wishing Stone’s owner, Janet Yoshikawa, is excited about the move. “We’ve had a loyal following of wonderful customers and friends since 2001,” she said.

“Our new store gives us four times the space for new jewelry, minerals and fossils. We have a few new surprises in store for everyone, too. Velociraptor, anyone?”

The Wishing Stone also has a store at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in Concourse C.

The Wishing Stone originally opened in Mukilteo in 2001. Yoshikawa brought the store to Edmonds in ­­­­­2005.

“In our new location, The Wishing Stone will continue to carry unique gemstone jewelry and fossils, minerals, etc. The extra floor space will allow us to expand our selection to include other unusual natural items,” she said.

Yoshikawa worked at GIA (Gemological Institute of America) from 1984-1991, where she was a resident diamond instructor.

She was a staff gemologist for the GIA Laboratory, and taught diamond grading classes. She worked in fine jewelry stores in Westwood and Los Angeles.

She became interested in the world of minerals and fossils exploring her own backyard.

“There was a big mudslide in the neighborhood where I grew up in Ohio,” she said. “We used to go exploring there and would find great fossils. I’ve loved fossils, rocks and minerals ever since.”

Christy Gurley, manager of the previous Edmonds location, has come back to manage the new store.

Gurley specialized in the historical and healing properties of stones, and shared with customers the traditional lore and uses of stones throughout time.

She is also known for the nonprofit work she’s done in Africa since 2007.

 

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