Earlier this year, we brought you the Crushed Abalone Bolo from Portland-based accessories company Sticks & Stones. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we bring you their newly opened brick and mortar store, located in the city’s Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. Specializing in custom, made-in-house jewelry, Sticks & Stones was founded on the belief that repurposed natural materials—such as sea shells, shed antlers, and prehistoric ivory—make beautiful components for unique jewelry. Here, we spoke to owners Marc Ishida and Ben Posin to learn a little more about their new location.
Can you tell us about the new store? What can people expect?
The new Sticks & Stones flagship will be a destination place for custom jewelry and American-made goods. We will have a wide selection of our jewelry available to purchase, but the real experience of our store will be the ability to customize your jewelry. We are able to add custom engraving, set precious gemstones, choose unique combinations of materials, or even incorporate previously owned natural materials with significant meaning to the customer.
Can you talk about what you will carry?
Beyond our jewelry, we will have a carefully curated selection of American-made clothing, accessories, and home goods, spanning from Oakland to Seattle. We have chosen brands that we feel not only share the same values as we do but also carry the same quality and lifestyle as our own products.
We see that you will be working on products in-house. Will people be able to come in and watch as you work?
We won't be sanding our products in the store, but we will have our jeweler’s bench where customers can see more of the fine detailed work that we do to our pieces.
What's next for Sticks & Stones? Any new products coming out soon?
We will be releasing a special limited-edition Valentine’s Day collection that will be available online, as well as in both our Portland and Seattle stores.
Image courtesy of Sticks & Stones.