The Wishing Stone is moving up the street.
The Edmonds jewelry, rock, fossil and mineral shop, previously at 317 Main St., is relocating to the former Fabric of Life store at 523 Main Street. According to store manager Christy Gurley, the store will have a “soft opening” this Saturday, April 12, with a grand opening to follow.
“We’ve had a loyal following of wonderful customers and friends since 2001,” said Wishing Stone’s owner Janet Yoshikawa. “We are so excited to stay in Edmonds. Our new store gives us four times the space for new jewelry, minerals and fossils.”
Last year, the Wishing Stone had an opportunity to expand into Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and that store opened in October 2013 in Concourse C.
The Wishing Stone originally opened in 2001 in Mukilteo, where it had a loyal following, but not a lot of foot traffic. 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 — plus things we just thought were cool,” Yoshikawa said.
Yoshikawa has a long history in the field of jewelry and gemology, dating back to the 1980s. She worked at the Gemological Institute of America from 19841991, where she was a resident diamond instructor. She also served as a staff gemologist for the GIA Laboratory, and taught diamond grading classes. She also worked in fine jewelry stores in Westwood and Los Angeles.
Store manager Gurley specializes in the historical and healing properties of stones, and shares 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.