Marilyn O’Connell

Hi Gary & family/Sales associates/Michelle( bc I met her today, lol.) I understand if you don’t have a section to  leave a review, bc ppl today just want to make others miserable, bc their lives are not going the way they want. I get that. But, I found your store accidentally approximately 10-12 yrs ago. I have nothing but positive things to say about your family, your  store, your merchandise & the quality of your products & the ppl you have working there. After all the years I’ve been going , one day I rolled up in my car & your store had closed. I asked around & was told you went out of business. I was heartbroken 💔 😢. I cldnt believe it. But times being what they were, I understood. And I hoped & prayed for the best for your family & business . And then one day a few mos  ago, I was talking to one of my daughters who has a direct connection to your family through her best friend. And I mentioned how sad I was that your business closed down, and how much I missed you all, and also  bc I cldnt trust anyone else’s merchandise to be authentic. It was an all time low for me. And just then, my daughter told me “ mom, they didn’t go out of business, they moved”.  😄😁😂🤣 That’s how I felt, lol. I was so happy!!! I couldn’t believe it! Gary’s Gem Garden is still open!! Yayyy!!! Well, that was about 2-3 months ago. And as karma wld have it, I happened to be in the vicinity today & stumbled onto” Gary’s Gem Garden “. I must’ve been there about an hr & a half & walked out feeling elated!  And Gary’s wife was in the back when I got there, but when she heard me talking to her sales associate Michele, ( a darling girl) she recognized my voice & came out to greet me. I cldnt be more happy!  It’s really something  wonderful to have a good rapport  w/ppl you do business with. But it’s something else entirely when those ppl treat you like you’re family.  And that’s how you’ll be treated when you go to “ Gary’s Gem Garden “.  They remember who you are and how you effect , not just their business,  but their lives. And they’ve touched my life & the lives of my children & family. In all honesty, I can’t say enough positive things about this wonderful family. And I’m sure some ppl are thinking I’m pouring it on really thick. ( the sugar I mean) But I promise I’m not. I wld not have given them my business for so many years if I didn’t believe what I’m saying. Also, I have a solid silver piece of jewelry that’s “one of a kind.  Gary will never make the same art twice. I admired it every time I went in there. But being solid silver, I cldnt afford it( and it was reasonably priced)  Then one day I got the nerve up to ask Gary if I could make a deposit & pay it off over time. He agreed immediately!!  I thought I wld break down in tears. But I was able to keep my composure until I reached my car. Then I broke down, lol. I still have it to this day, along w/a sterling silver chain I bought( from Gary)  to wear it. I’ve never taken it off for approximately 10 yrs. Only to clean it. It’s still as beautiful as the day I bought it. Well, looking back on our history together & how long my post is, ( lol) I hope someone reads this someday & it encourages them to visit this family’s business. They’re not a conglomerate. They’re a family based business. And they’ll treat you w/the utmost respect & work w/with you.I didn’t start out loving these ppl or their business right at the beginning bc I didn’t know them. But it didn’t take long for them to make me feel like I was home. And now whenever  I go in there, I know I’m home. And you will too. It doesn’t take much. Just talk to someone & you’ll feel it too.  I wish All of you the best of everything in life. Bc that’s how I roll . Much Love to Gary & family & associates. Thank you for being the beautiful ppl you are. My life changed for  the better the moment I met you. 🤗💜 I’ll be seeing you next week, 😁💗

Bernadette L.

Thanks for the update and want to thank you again for the beautiful job you did to attach the faith, hope and charity charm to First Communion  Meredith’s little bracelet last week. She loved it. I know it’s a little thing , but wanted to thank you. Hope you loved graduation!!!!! Continued success! see you at your new location!!!!! Sincerely, Bernadette L.
May 2019


Hi Gary,
I purchased a Snow Quartz (Azeztulite) Specimen from you through your website recently. I have to say, it is the most unusual stone I’ve acquired so far. It seems to have a very high vibration, and for those of us new to the experience, that’s very exciting. I am very happy I bought it and equally happy with your genuineness and quality of service. Thank you!
carolscraftsewwhat on Etsy
February 2015


First off I’d like to say how much I love your store!! A few months ago I visited and was helped by a wonderful young lady at the desk. She has helped me on numerous occasions there and she is GREAT!!! She really took the time to answer all my questions and she assisted in finding EXACTLY what I was looking for. She researched some crystals for me in a book you had for sale in your store. I believe the book was pink in color and it was a book on crystals and their meanings. I was wondering the name of the book, the price and whether it’s still available? I would love to purchase it!

February 2014

Mrs.Shannon R. Aug., 2012

Dear Gary,

My older sister and I where in your wonderful store a month ago
and she saw me admiring the handcarved labradorite pendant with the long haired cat.
She gave it to me yesterday for my birthday and I love it! I want to
make sure I take care of it properly as I love to wear it, is there any
special way I should clean it each month I know some stones have specific needs. I also love your store! I will cherish my birthday gift always!

Mrs.Shannon R. Aug., 2012   —


Dear Gary and Co..,
I used to come into your store as a small child with my mom and loved to
look at all of the shells in your store. Recently I came in to buy some
shells from you for my hermit crabs. I’m glad to see that they appreciate
your shells as much as I do. Houdini and Columbus tried out 10 different
shells when I got home and settled for two of your medium turbos.
Houdini and Slowbro continue to have much interest in the shells I purchased there.
I think they’re super happy.
Thanks so much for the variety, I’ll be back as soon as they’ve outgrown
their new ‘homes’.

Barbara Merchant

Dear Gary and Denise,
You guys are the best!! We’ve been customers of yours for years and have bought everything from polished rocks (my daughter loved them when she was younger) to polished geode slabs to be added into my stain glass pieces to fine jewelry (my custom engagement ring, wedding bands and various other pieces). We now live in Las Vegas but Gary, you are the only one I trust with my jewelry so this last trip back to NJ brought us in so I could get my rings sized and serviced and an amber pendant fixed. I just received them yesterday and everything is perfect! And might I also thank you for all of your help with the geode slabs that I use in my stain glass. Through email and phone conversations, Denise listened to what I was looking for, found them, scanned them, sent me pictures of them. She was so easy to deal with over the phone when I purchased the slabs and then shipped them to me right away. Most of these slabs are now incorporated in my stain glass pieces. As I said in the beginning, you guys are the best!!

Barbara Merchant

Lori and Jim, Somerdale, NJ

Hi Denise and Gary,
Just wanted to send a note to once again tell you how much we love our beautiful rings. Jim and I wanted something unique and one of a kind. We came to you with just a vague idea and you made it happen!!!! Your design and creation of our diamond and sapphire engagement ring and wedding bands are more beautiful than we ever imagined. I can’t stop looking at them!!!! Thank you sooooo much!
—Lori and Jim, Somerdale, NJ

K.M., Massachusets

Dear Gary and Denise,
I received the heart with no problems in perfect condition, it’s positively lovely! It was so wonderful to finally see it “in person” so to speak. It is certainly a work of art. My fiance thought it was beautiful and was very touched by it, as I hoped he would be. 🙂 The surprise in the middle does make the piece even more special, as you said.
Thank you so much for allowing me to give him such a lovely gift; hopefully we will have many years to appreciate it together. 🙂
Best wishes,   —K.M., Massachusets

Dr. Mark

Dear Gary and Wife,
I just wanted to send you a little thank you card. Every time I come into your store whether to buy something, fix something or just look around you always make me feel at home. Your service is the greatest. And by the way you are really a nice guy!
From an appreciative customer,   —Dr. Mark