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Feelingstone Gifts offers rocks and beads to Hermiston

Feelingstone Gifts is located at 115 W Hermiston Ave., Suite 100.
Jade McDowell

East Oregonian

Published on May 12, 2017 1:29PM

Last changed on May 12, 2017 4:16PM

Cabochons sit for sale at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Cabochons sit for sale at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Strings of beads line a display at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Strings of beads line a display at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Polished stones with positive words cut into them sit on display at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Polished stones with positive words cut into them sit on display at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Rocks sit on display at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Rocks sit on display at Feelingstone Gifts in Hermiston.

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Feelingstone Gifts has a little something for everyone who thinks rocks are cool.

“There are so many different types of people who love rocks,” said Jackie Koppany, who owns the new shop on Hermiston Avenue with her husband Attila Koppany.

She said the shop caters to rock hounds, craft beaders, “yoga types,” jewelry collectors and people “who are spiritually drawn to rocks.”

Koppany has been operating online and out of her home since 2013, but she said when customers had trouble getting out to her place on snowy roads this winter it provided the impetus to finally try opening a store in town.

“So far I feel really flattered, because everyone loves the shop,” she said. “I’ve had people thank me for being here.”

The store, located in Grainary Square at 115 W. Hermiston Ave., sells agates, crystals, geodes, and other stones (both polished and uncut) as well as stone beads and carvings.

It also features finished jewelry pieces made by Koppany, and a wide range of supplies — including beads, wires and metal charms — for making one’s own jewelry. There are books, cutting and polishing equipment, wind chimes, candles and incense, too.

“People always end up finding something,” Koppany said.

She said she first got into the business because she enjoyed cutting and polishing rocks. She started making cabochons, which are flat on one side and curved on the other so that they can be placed into settings on necklaces, bolo ties and other objects.

“I thought, ‘What am I going to do with these?’” she said.

She learned wire wrapping to create pendants out of the cabochons, then moved on to learning bead work and other jewelry-making skills to create a finished product and began selling them online.

Feelingstone Gifts is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to “whenever” on Saturdays.

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Contact Jade McDowell at jmcdowell@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4536.







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