About Us

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Penny Martin

Holy Land Stone Company, LLC

  About Us

Thank you for your interest in the Jerusalem Stone. As our Certificate of Authenticity that accompanies each gift explains, each piece is skillfully handcrafted in our plant in Melbourne, Florida (made in the USA) from authentic Jerusalem Stone—quarried in the hills of Jerusalem. This ancient stone has been and continues to be revered by those of all faiths and denominations who trace their religious roots back to the Holy Land.

In April of 1996 for the first time, my husband Jim’s career led him to Israel. As he approached the City of Jerusalem, he was inspired by what he described as “the most beautiful site he had ever seen. The white stone became illuminated as the sun shown over the old city.”  In fact, the entire City of Jerusalem (including the religious sites, such as the Wailing Wall, King Solomon's Temple, etc.) is constructed of Jerusalem Stone. Traveling throughout the city and countryside, the beauty of the stone and the connection  he felt between the stone and his faith made a lasting impression upon Jim. Those images remain with him as a constant reminder of his ties to the holy city.

Jim's business required that he return to Israel a year later. At that time he searched for a souvenir of the Jerusalem Stone, but was unable to find one.  God had impressed upon his heart a desire to share a reminder of Him with others—although he didn’t know at the time how or what it was that he was to share.

Upon his return home, Jim tenaciously researched the possible channels for importing Jerusalem Stone.  He eventually established contact with the owner of one of the quarries in Jerusalem who shipped serveral samples of the stone to our home.  Over our kitchen island we began brainstorming product ideas. Jim was determined to create a gift made of Jerusalem Stone for others to treasure--a souvenir of that same stone he himself had been seeking.

Thus, in December of 1997 Jim and I (together with Jim’s brother Mike, Howard and Susan Rothman, and John and Mary Bonenberger) founded Holy Land Stone Company, LLC. I set up an office in our family room, and Mike began working in our garage developing up the cutting, sanding and polishing processes. Our first product was a chiseled cube of the stone with an embedded bronze insert that read, "Millennium 2000--Prepare the Way of the Lord".  From there we designed crosses, scripture stones, menorahs, plaques, etc.--gifts for those of all faiths.

Since those early days at the kitchen island and in the garage, we’ve expanded our territories and are currently selling to stores, churches and organizations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to our nearly 1,000 products, we offer custom and personalization for churches, profit/not-for-profit organizations and individuals. We are blessed with a talented team that works together and truly cares about and shares in our mission of giving glory to God through the work that we do and the products that we offer. Holding the Jerusalem Stone in the palm of your hand provides comfort, encouragement and a feeling of peace. These very stones have endured throughout the centuries and are symbolic, yet tangible reminders of God's presence and His everlasting love for us. Just as Jim was seeking a souvenir of Jerusalem Stone as a tangible remembrance of his visit to the Holy Land, we hope that you and yours will be inspired by and treasure these "precious stones" for generations to come.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
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