We know you are anxious to shop with us again; we can’t wait to fully re-open and see you!
Due to the current restrictions in NJ, officially as of this morning (May 18th, 2020) we are able to offer curbside pickup and have instituted the following Curbside Rules:
Ordering can be done on our website or even by phone and email! If you know what you’re looking for, and it‘s not on our website, give us a call and we will check our store inventory. We can send photos of the items via text or email.
Payment can be made by phone, or a link can be sent by text or email. If you order online, please select “Curbside Pickup”. You will receive an email or phone call when your order is ready. When you arrive, please give us a call and we will bring your order out to you. Remember, please do not come out if you are feeling sick, always wear a face mask and keep a distance. This keeps you and us protected!
We are still offering free shipping on website orders over $20.00 (enter code: freeship20) and 10% off online gift cards (enter code: giftcard10).
If you left a repair before we closed, and have yet to pick it up, we will be calling you as it is completed. As always, we are keeping all items safe and secure until you pick them up. We are currently able to complete most, if not all, repairs except ring sizing, unless the exact size is known. We are able to complete stringing, knotting, setting and tightening gemstones, replacing watch batteries and bands. All soldering, platting, and engraving may take a little longer.
Thank you Gina Cronin and Natural Awakenings Magazine for this awesome article!
Gary’s Gem Garden: South Jersey’s Unique And Complete Gem & Mineral Shop By Gina Cronin
Mar 02, 2020 05:43PM
Gary’s Gem Garden is one of the most unique gem stores on the East Coast. Serving the community for 47 years, the family-owned shop has recently moved from their Cherry Hill location to a brighter, fresher locale in Mount Laurel. “We are super excited to welcome everyone into our new location, and hope they find what they love like we did,” says Crystal Weinstein, daughter of owner Gary Weinstein.
The 2,300-square-foot shop is filled with rocks and minerals of all types including quartz, amethyst, citrine, tourmaline, celestite, selenite, fluorite and many more. They have stones from gigantic to microscopic and every size in between. Customers can find the stone they seek in many forms: tumbled, carved, cut, raw, polished, in jewelry or even create a custom piece of jewelry. From animal carvings and wands; to silver and gold gemstone rings, bracelets and necklaces; to rough geodes, the selection is expansive.
The shop extends more of an earth science lens into these little wonders of the planet, but welcomes rock seekers of all types, from teachers to collectors to crystal healers. “The metaphysical world of gemstone healing is so vast, it’s nearly impossible for us to memorize all of the properties,” says Gary. “We have books and charts to aid our customers in finding the perfect stone for them. We love to see what they choose or what chooses them.”
Gary started collecting minerals at age 11 and his fascination only grew from there. He had a full-fledged business by the age of 18. At first, he was out doing rock and mineral shows around the East Coast, then had a store in Woodcrest Shopping Center, in Cherry Hill, and it all grew organically into what it is today. After 17 years in Woodcrest, Gary and his family moved the store to Route 70 in Cherry Hill for 27 years, and now to Mount Laurel. “I think what he loves most is the chemistry aspect of it,” Crystal says. “There are over 5,000 different minerals that form naturally in the Earth, it is all so genuinely unique and interesting and that’s what sparked it in him.”
Another detail that customers love about the shop is a large portion of the items sold come with a label, clearly displaying their name and where they are from. People are more and more interested in the origin of their crystals, and even if the information isn’t displayed, Gary and his team always have that information available when possible. This is different from a lot of metaphysical stores where information about the mineral’s origin or even the chemistry and mineral makeup is not accessible.
They also focus on affordability. Prices start at 10 cents up to the thousands for more rare pieces, with many of the more common minerals priced at only a few dollars. “We pride ourselves on having the lowest prices possible,” Gary says.
It isn’t only rocks and minerals that marvel visitors at Gary’s Gem Garden. Other items include genuine and natural fossils from all over the world, historical and cultural artifacts, shells, machinery, books and charts, display stands, and other gifts and collectibles. The team also provides jewelry repair and custom jewelry designing in sterling silver, gold and platinum. They also plan to have in-store crystal events in the near future.
Gary’s Gem Garden is located at 3119 Rte. 38, Ste 1, Mount Laurel. For more information, call 856-795-5077 or visit GarysGemGarden.com.
Gina Cronin is a writer for Natural Awakeningsmagazine editions across the country, and lives in Lima, Peru. To connect, visit GinaImagines.com
Sapphire gemstones were referred to as hyacinths – specifically the blue variety – in ancient times. Later, their color was likened to yet another flower: the cornflower, an evocative term that is still used today and signifies a very desirable hue of blue sapphire. The word “safir,” from both Hebrew and Arabic roots, means blue, yet sapphires come in almost every color, such as yellow, pink, green and purple.
Sapphire is the September birthstone, but those born in other months also take pleasure from its classic charm and beauty.
Sapphire is a variety of the mineral species corundum as is
ruby. They virtually share the same chemical composition.
Sapphires in colors other than blue are referred to as “fancy
colored sapphires” and are best described by their color, such as “yellow
Sri Lanka and Burma (Myanmar) are sources for sapphire, yet a
more recent source, Madagascar, is also said to produce fine blue sapphires.
Other sources include Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Laos, Nigeria,
Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.
Sapphire is a very durable gemstone, along with ruby it’s second
only to diamond, with a hardness of 9.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Sapphire gemstones are faceted into all shapes. Star and
cat’s-eye sapphire, two of the varieties sporting unique optical phenomena, are
fashioned as cabochons. Some other sapphires change color in different types of
light; these phenomenal sapphires (showing special optical characteristics) are
considered collector’s gems.
Sapphire is often heat treated to improve both clarity and
color. Any treatments should be disclosed to the buyer.
Sapphire can also be man-made, meaning it is manufactured in a
lab rather than mined, and this fact should be understood by the seller and
clearly disclosed to the buyer.
Sapphire Care & Cleaning
To minimize scratching and wear, store each piece of fine jewelry separately in a soft cloth or padded container.
Sapphire jewelry is best cleaned with warm, sudsy water and a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth.
Bring all your fine jewelry to Gary’s Gem Garden at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and inspection.
LEBANON, Pa., July 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Gem Miner’s Jubilee, the Mid-Atlantic’s premium bead, mineral, gem and jewelry show, will be hosting its 22nd annual event at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center, August 16th – 18th, 2019, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon, PA 17042. The Jubilee is a major production in the gem show circuit and an international event with vendors from around the world, both wholesale and retail.
Several artisans are available to do work on the premises including wire wrapping, stone setting and jewelry repair.
This year’s featured demonstration will be the Pennsylvania Geological Survey group which will arrange a display focusing on the minerals and mining history of local Cornwall and Grace Mines and staff will be available for providing information and answering questions. The Central Pennsylvania Rock and Mineral Club and Tuscarora Lapidary Society will also be a source of educational demonstrations. To add a little flavor to the show, Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery will offer free samples of their unique wines from their top selling Whiskey Mead which is fermented in Bourbon barrels to their tongue toasting Jalapeno Wine sold by the bottle.
Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Handicapped accessible and free parking. Admission is $6 and free for children under 12.
Gem Miner’s Jubilee and Holiday Shows are a yearly exhibition and sale of some of the foremost products & collectibles of Earth’s treasures. The three day August show and a Holiday Gift Show in November provide an opportunity to meet source dealers bringing the finest collections available.
For Information, contact: Teresa Schwab, (301) 807-9745
What you should know about diamonds when you visit the jewelry store
Rare and fascinating, mysterious and magical, the diamond has ignited romantic passion throughout history. The word alone conjures up a thousand images of rare, precious, desirable, beautiful, sparkling tokens of love. This guide from Jewelers of America details what you should know when buying diamonds or diamond jewelry for yourself or someone you love.
One of the most important aspects of buying quality diamond jewelry is where you shop. A trustworthy jeweler or jewelry store, like members of Jewelers of America, will walk you through the jewelry shopping experience and take you on an educational journey about diamond information.
The information in our diamond jewelry guide is intended to help you browse for diamond jewelry in advance of your purchase and understand the basic diamond quality factors so you can feel comfortable starting a dialogue with any jewelry salesperson.
A Diamond’s Unique Characteristics
Diamonds might not be the rarest gemstone known to man, but they have a set of unique characteristics that sets diamond jewelry apart from other gemstones and gives them a value beyond price. When considering a diamond jewelry purchase, a jeweler might first inform you of these special features of a diamond:
The beauty and inner fire of the diamond has made this precious gem prized for centuries. Each stone, like its owner, is endowed with a personality and character uniquely its own.
A diamond is the hardest substance known to man (ranking 10.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale) and is resistant to deterioration. When cared for properly, diamond jewelry can be worn every day and passed on as an heirloom to future generations.
Gem-quality diamonds have consistently retained their value, and most often have increased in value, after years of being worn and enjoyed.
Since expertise in the grading, selection and sale of diamonds takes years of training, always purchase diamond jewelry from a professional you can trust. Choose a retailer who has demonstrated a commitment to professionalism and has an established reputation. Ask if the jeweler is a member of Jewelers of America. Our members commit annually to a Code of Professional Practices, so you can buy jewelry with confidence. Search our “Find a JA Jeweler” directory, or look for the “J” logo on company’s door or website.
The jewelry store experience should be relaxed and fun. The best jewelers are passionate about their craft and love sharing their knowledge with customers. They will show you a selection of diamonds and be able to explain the subtle differences in grade and value. The knowledge and expertise you gain in the jewelry store will guide you in choosing the perfect diamond for a lifetime of wearing pleasure.
A big plus of establishing a relationship with a jewelry store near you is that they will be there for your future purchases, repairs or custom design needs.
Caring for Your Diamond
Diamonds may be the hardest substance known to man, but they still can be damaged, abraded or scratched. Use the following guidelines to ensure your diamond jewelry retains its beauty for years to come:
Don’t jumble your diamond jewelry with other pieces, because diamonds can scratch other jewelry and each other.
Keep your diamond jewelry in a fabric-lined jewel case or in a box with compartments or dividers.
Don’t wear your diamonds when doing rough work. Even though a diamond is durable, a hard blow can chip and damage it.
Diamonds look best when they are clean, revealing the diamond’s fire and brilliance. Clean your diamonds regularly using commercial jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution, and use a soft brush to dislodge dust or dirt from under the setting.
Keep diamond jewelry away from chlorine bleach or other chemicals that can pit or discolor the mounting. Do not wear your diamond jewelry in chlorinated pools or hot tubs.
See your professional jeweler (Gary’s Gem Garden) at least once a year to have your diamond jewelry professionally cleaned and checked for loose prongs and wear.
Amethyst gemstones have captivated humankind for centuries. The lilac-to-deep purple hues were once reserved for royalty or religious figures who wore it as a symbol of their important stature in society. Its lore comprises several claims to mystical powers, including that it would convey strength and wit to those who wore it. Amethyst was also associated with Bacchus, the ancient Greek god of wine, and wearing it was thought to keep the drinker sober.
Amethyst comes from many places around the world and is a gemstone everyone can enjoy. It is the February birthstone, but those born in other months also take pleasure from its charm and beauty.
Amethyst belongs to the quartz species and is related to rock crystal, citrine, and agate (a variety of chalcedony).
Russia was a classic source for amethyst. Current sources include Brazil, Bolivia, South Africa, South Korea, the United States, Uruguay and Zambia.
Amethyst is a fairly durable gemstone with a hardness of 7.0 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Amethyst gemstones can be cut into many shapes and sizes, often as cabochons or beads, and is also carved for ornamental use.
Nature produces a variety known as ametrine, a combination of amethyst and citrine. This gem is purple and yellow and is frequently cut to show its division of color or in a way that mixes the colors, forming interesting medium dark to moderately strong orange, and vivid to strong purple or violet hues.
Ammolite is celebrated globally for its naturally captivating rainbow colors and layers of vibrant iridescence. Ammolite originates from prehistoric marine fossils that date back 71-million years and received official gem status as recently as 1981 by the World Jewellery Confederation. Feng Shui experts believe its colorful display awakens positive energy and stimulates creativity, energy, wisdom, intellect and wealth. Wearers and collectors call ammolites “gems of enlightenment.”
Ammolite’s luminous qualities rival the black opal for color and fire. Ammolite reflects a rainbow’s worth of colors (red, orange, yellow, blue, green, purple and more), and the luminous color spectrum in each gem is unique. Browse ammolite gemstone jewelry in our Jewelry Gallery.
To date the only source of ammolite is in Alberta, Canada.
Naturally, ammolite is a soft gemstone with a 3.5-4 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. A protective spinel crystal is often applied to protect the ammolite gem, increasing the hardness to 8.5.
Ammolites are not generally treated. It’s all-natural color is its most distinctive feature.
Care & Cleaning
As with most gemstone jewelry, you want to minimize scratching and wear, so store each piece of fine jewelry separately in a soft cloth or padded container.
Ammolite jewelry is best cleaned with warm, sudsy water and a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth.
Garnet gemstones are among the most diverse of the gemstone groups, because it encompasses different species and varieties. Garnet varieties are extraordinarily diverse in color, and some rare varieties exhibit phenomenal characteristics, such as a star effect (aster-ism) or a color-change effect when viewed under different lighting. The deep, red varieties of garnet have been compared to pomegranate seeds, and in fact, garnet is a derivation of the word “pomegranate.”
Garnet is the January birthstone and may be celebrated in its many varieties, providing an array of choices for gemstone enthusiasts.
Garnet varieties and species come in a rainbow of colors, such
as red, orange, yellow and green.
Tsavorite (green) garnet was named for the region where it is
mined near Tsavo National Park in Kenya. Yellowish orange to bright orange
spessartine garnet is named after Spessart, Germany, where it was discovered.
Russia is an important source for demantoid garnet. Other sources of garnet
include Brazil, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, and the United States.
Nature also produces “collector” garnets. Star garnets are found
in India, the U.S. state of Idaho, and Sri Lanka; a rare form of iridescent
andradite garnet is found in Mexico; and garnets that change color in different
light are found in Kenya, Madagascar and Sri Lanka.
Garnets have a hardness of 6.5-7.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale.
Garnets can be faceted or carved as cabochons or beads.
Garnets are rarely treated because of their natural clarity and
color. Any treatments should be disclosed to the buyer.
Garnet Care & Cleaning
To minimize scratching and wear, store each piece of fine jewelry separately in a soft cloth or padded container.
Garnet jewelry is best cleaned with warm, sudsy water and a tightly woven microfiber or other soft cloth. Avoid steam cleaning.
Take all your fine jewelry to Gary’s Gem Garden at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and inspection.