The owners of Stone Art, Tim Jones from Caerphilly and Rowena Boot (now Jones!) from Sheffield, met on a Trans Africa Overland in 1995
It was on this crazy trip from London to Capetown that they fell in love with Zimbabwe’s Shona Sculpture. Two years later they opened their first gallery in Cardiff selling this art form which they travelled to Zimbabwe to handpick every year from the artists.
In 1999, Stone Art moved to Bath and finally opened in Bakewell in 2002- which coincided with the birth of their first child Barni. Shona Sculpture featured prominently with a small selection of semi-precious jewellery.
As the problems mounted in Zimbabwe so the jewellery started to dominate. Eventually jewellery took over completely downstairs with the Shona sculpture gallery relocated upstairs under the ancient old oak beams.
Today Shona Sculpture retains its presence but only in the form of a museum.
In the early days, the jewellery consisted of striking semi-precious pieces with many one offs. Today they sell a much more diverse collection featuring the local stone Blue John, Whitby Jet, semi-precious stones, real flower jewellery, modern silver pieces, freshwater pearls, opals, dazzling silver leaf costume jewellery and their famous Nature in Amber and Silver collections.
Spoilt for Choice is an often-heard description.