It’s a Family Thing.
AnimalStone was my father’s brainchild. It came to him in a dream, the image of small, anatomically correct, highly texturized gold and silver animal charms. I later learned that he had a childhood obsession with figurines. He mentioned the idea to me in passing, we’ve had many conversations about a family business venture over the years, but this one had legs (four!), jk. Well, most of animal have legs – but that’s not what I mean here. I mean, the stars aligned, it was meant to be. Our initial conversation ended like this, let’s find a goldsmith and let’s make it happen. Flash forward 18 months later and we have 23 AnimalStone storks on standby, ready for the world.
AnimalStone is a family business, founded on the principle that a symbiotic relationship is needed between us and nature, humans and animals in order to conserve our shared place here. We believe in the joy that animals bring to our lives and that we must celebrate and respect their majesty.
We are the AnimalStone family Connecting Animals To People and know that one of the most valuable experiences in this world is our own intimate connection with animals that tell a story. Experience AnimalStone and share your story with us.
Animal Stone is a purveyor of luxury animal-inspired jewellery.
Our company was founded on the principal that animals have shared this planet with us since time immemorial. Some of the earliest works of human art and storytelling were through petroglyphs and pictographs.
These animal depictions were found on the walls of caves, live rock surfaces and stand alone rocks which captured the texture and movement of these magnificent beings as being worthy of respect and representation by our early human ancestors.
With the help of Toronto-based designer Delane Cooper, we have made it our mission to create timeless wearable art that pays homage to our animal family by giving texture and life to each and every piece.
It is our sincere hope that our jewellery serves as a constant reminder of the profound majesty of our animal kingdom, of our place within it and most importantly, that the natural world is fine art in and of itself.
About the Designer
Delane Cooper is a jewellery designer, goldsmith and artist who expresses her creativity by making beautiful pieces that are accompanied with a story for the wearer.
As a young child, storytime was the perfect opportunity for Delane to engage her imagination whether at the library to conjure up make-believe friends, at her grandmother’s house for self entertainment or creating a story to travel to far away lands while tucked away in her wood-scented wardrobe in her bedroom. Today, story-telling and sketching continues to be Delane’s favourite way to express herself creatively.
Designing and creating for AnimalsStone allows Delane and Mr. Farnum to connect with each animal through their curiosity and interest in telling the animal's story through jewellery. Their design process includes research and meditation and allows them to learn about each animal so each animal's unique story and design feels authentic to the wearer. It’s this interaction with the animals that allows them to appreciate their part in the circle of life and see the animals for what they are beauty captured through jewellery. For this, they are grateful to bring these timeless pieces as wearable art for you to love and cherish.