Omkara, on Castle Street, was started by Roger Kavan after he spotted a gap in the market in the town.
He told the Times: “I’ve been a wholesaler in electronics for 45 years, but my business has been decimated since they started selling TVs in supermarkets.
“My sister is a jewellery designer and she asked me to join her in the jewellery business.
“It was there that I realised that I liked seeing rocks in their raw form and that’s where I found my interest.”
The shop has an assortment of stones from all over the world, Roger explained.
“We import shungite from Russia, stones from around the world and singing bowls from Nepal,” he said, adding: “Shungite is the oldest rock we have, and it is three billion years old – which is more than half the age of the earth.
“The singing bowls are used for meditation and focus and the quartz ones for sound therapy.”
He added that he already has plans for expansion: “We have two rooms out the back. One will be for reading birth charts and one will be for therapy.
“We’ve got a couple of really good Tarot readers but we’re looking for a palmist (palm reader) from the college of psychic studies in Kensington which is the premier destination for training.”
Find Omkara at 8 Castle Street.