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Polkadot Story

Established by photographer Charles Parsons and Julia Heppell in 2001, Polkadot Gallery started life as Polkadot Art Gallery and was based in Exeter’s South Street. It quickly became apparent that jewellery, a lifelong passion of Julia’s, was such a strong medium it warranted a dedicated gallery and so in 2003 began Polkadot Precious, based at 12 Martins Lane, Exeter. We’re still enjoying our spot along the cobbles, a stones throw away from the Cathedral today, although we’re now known as Polkadot Gallery.

The Exeter gallery was and continues to be such a success that Julia opened a second store in Riverside Place, Taunton, close to the beautiful River Tone, in 2007. Both galleries employ staff from jewellery making and art backgrounds, who are passionate about the work they sell and knowledgeable about both quality and design. 2016 has seen us launch a new online store, allowing us sell our diverse and distinct collection worldwide.

Julia travels to Munich, Basle and Amsterdam to source fresh and interesting jewellery and to Copenhagen for Arne Jacobsen watches. Polkadot Gallery is also proud to encourage and exhibit the best of emerging and established designers Devon, Cornwall and Somerset have to offer. This eclectic mix of local and international makers gives our customers an unrivalled choice of contemporary jewellery.


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