About

Aria Stone Gallery believes each stone is a unique piece of artwork. Our curated collection of luxurious, hand-selected, natural stone is from the most exclusive quarries around the world.  We prioritize displaying stone as works of art much like the experience and environment of visiting an art gallery so that you can experience the full beauty of each stone.

The Aria Difference

The constant pursuit of the perfect slab is what sets Aria’s collection apart  as a unique stone boutique. Instead of trying to fulfill a pre-determined stock list of standard materials, selections are made based on the uniqueness of each stone. Much like buying a diamond, materials are evaluated for their color, content, clarity, and consistency with consideration on how the vein structures lend to book match veining.

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The Aria Difference

The most sought after stones in the world come from remote places like Brazil, Africa and the Middle East. Unfortunately only a small percentage of the blocks mined are considered “first quality” slabs.  It is  our estimation that 85 to 90% of all stone imported into the US is not first quality material – meaning that a slab may be fine structurally but not as rich in color or as well-balanced in its veining and movement as in premium slabs.  Aria Stone Gallery only brings in first quality slabs, 100% of the time, no exceptions. We are known to suppliers as being the strictest  importer in the country.

Unlike buying a man-made product, which can be done on demand, purchasing stone is a much more subjective exercise. Quarries go through bad phases, yielding undesirable blocks, and they often face regulatory issues, all of which restricts the fine buying or what Aria  calls the “pursuit of the perfect stone.”

Many stone distributors are primarily focused on filling purchase orders – and that may be okay settling for an ordinary slab. Aria Stone Gallery we don’t sell ordinary slabs – we don’t have a standard list of “stone we carry”. The good thing about natural stone is that new quarries are always being discovered, new blocks are constantly being processed and you never know when the most dramatic slab is about to be cut. It’s a bit like baseball – the trick is not to fall for the temptation of swinging at every pitch. At Aria Stone Gallery we would rather be out of a popular stone color than have a mediocre slab in stock.


Sharing a Passion for Stone

Aria Stone Gallery was born with the intent to revert this trend of under appreciating stone and help its customers discover the uniqueness and beauty of this natural wonder: from incorporating book-matched slabs into the overall design of the space, to the use of rare materials, to promoting different stone applications beyond countertops or vanity tops. Aria seeks to provoke the imagination, challenge the status quo, and expand the current limited perception of the ways to use natural stone. Most importantly, Aria intends to recreate and restore the inherent richness and superiority of natural stone.


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Sharing a Passion for Stone

Aria Stone Gallery was born with the intent to revert this trend of under appreciating stone and help its customers discover the uniqueness and beauty of this natural wonder: from incorporating book-matched slabs into the overall design of the space, to the use of rare materials, to promoting different stone applications beyond countertops or vanity tops. Aria seeks to provoke the imagination, challenge the status quo, and expand the current limited perception of the ways to use natural stone. Most importantly, Aria intends to recreate and restore the inherent richness and superiority of natural stone.


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Sharing a Passion for Stone

With today’s increased use of natural stone in applications such as granite countertops  stone has been commoditized. Builders throughout the country advertise granite as a standard feature in entry-level homes and as a result a wide swath of America has been able to enjoy something that, until recently, has been associated with luxury and exclusivity. Unfortunately, along the way, the things that truly set natural stone apart from every man-made alternative like laminate or engineered stone have been lost in the process. The ubiquitous nature of stone fabrication in the last 10 years has made natural stone lose some of its genuine allure. Our goal is simply  to help customers discover the uniqueness and beauty of this natural wonder.

Message From The Owner

Welcome to Aria Stone Gallery. Let me tell you a bit about the concept behind Aria. It all started when I visited the National Museum in Stockholm and had the opportunity to explore their installation of Slow Art and understand its philosophy and fundamentals. Like the burgeoning Slow Food movement’s call to think about where our meals come from, Slow Art is about being more aware of the origin and history of the materials used in artwork.


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Message From The Owner

It all started when I visited the National Museum in Stockholm and had the opportunity to explore their installation of Slow Art and understand its philosophy and fundamentals. Like the burgeoning Slow Food movement’s call to think about where our meals come from, Slow Art is about being more aware of the origin and history of the materials used in artwork. It forces people to concentrate on a single piece rather than zoom by, fighting the desire to graze and instead diving deep. I was intrigued by the concept of appreciating the beauty of slowly and carefully developed art, and started to wonder how I could apply those concepts to the stone industry and design world. And that’s where Aria comes in. It’s about truly appreciating the food, the painting or in Aria’s case the pieces of Art that nature has created so slowly over centuries.

Another branch of this phenomenon is Slow Travel. Advocates of this movement argue that too often the potential pleasure of the journey is lost by the too eager anticipation of arrival. Slow Travel, it is asserted, is a state of mind, which allows travelers to engage more fully with communities along their route, often favoring visits to spots enjoyed by local residents than merely following guidebooks. It’s in this context that I strongly encourage you to look – slowly, deliberately and thoughtfully – at each one of our carefully hand-picked slabs and immerse yourself in the history and uniqueness of each one of the pieces in our collection.

“We wanted to create a museum-like atmosphere that would force people to concentrate on a single piece rather than zoom by, fighting the desire to graze and instead diving deep, discovering the intricacies of a particular slab and hopefully resulting in an emotional connection to one of our stones” 

Vinny Tavares

Owner and Founder

Meet the Staff

April Graves
Allison Paschold
Jason Bandy
Angela Cianciolo
Jon Schuler
Dawn Boudreaux Ginn
Emily Kee

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