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I'd like to say thanks to Gary's Gem Garden for working with me to create the ring of my dreams.
I chose a Byzantine style gold setting and Gary set my engagement diamond, two emeralds, four rubies and four yellow diamonds in it.
The ring is extraordinary. I really love it. It's a one of a kind heirloom now. I receive so many complements on it from everyone. I can't say enough positive things about the level of craftsmanship and customer service I received.
Thanks again! —Cheryl
I wanted to thank you for the work you did to complete my tourmalinated quartz jewelry set. It is beautiful and I intend to wear the necklace, earrings and ring to a wedding in NY this fall. I just found a dress to go with it. I love building my wardrobe around your pieces of art! Most people tend to purchase jewelry to go with their wardrobe, but with you around I work the other way!
Over the past fifteen years it has also been such fun to be able to participate in the design of so many special pieces of jewelry from the butterfly I envisioned, you created a pendant that is certainly one of a kind and generates compliments every time I wear it. The same is true of the Ner Tamid medal you cast for Frank. it is a special remembrance that he will always enjoy.
My daughter will continue to bring her engagement ring to you for a check when she is here in New Jersey. She loves it and the effort you put into making it perfect for her needs! Utah to New Jersey is quite a long way to travel for jewelry, but you are the best, so it’s worth it!!
Again my thanks for all of your fantastic jewelry items that I truly enjoy! —Susan & Frank
"I first heard of Gary's Gem Garden through a co-worker. It seems most people hear about Gary by word of mouth.
"Gary is housed in a non-intimidating little strip mall near King's Highway on Route 70, but once inside one finds out what a real gem or jewelry store should be.
"First of all, there is Gary. Gary is an intelligent and highly involved craftsman. He makes most of his own jewelry, and, as one can easily tell by looking at his work, he is a master at what he does. His work is unique, enduring, and beautiful. And be aware - if Gary doesn't have what you're looking for, he is the manufacturer as well. He can make it for you, precisely to order, as he has done for me. Gary is also extremely knowledgeable about his wares, and he is a true teacher regarding the gems and colored stones with which he works. He has turned me from a mere husband trying to find a birthday present for his wife to a person fascinated with the types of gems and stones and the wide range of colors and patterns that each one may provide.
"Secondly, there is the product's durability. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to bring pieces of jewelry bought from other stores, especially department stores, to Gary to be repaired or have stones replaced because they fell out. Gary's products have never ever had this problem. Gary's work endures. You won't find yourself having to get it repaired again because of questionable craftsmanship. Gary, in a world of pretenders, truly knows what he is doing, and the durability of his work shows this.
"Thirdly, there are the prices. Most jewelry stores get all of their works from another source. They do not create their own works. This sets into motion the various middle men who get the gems to the final mall store that you may be frequenting, which raises the prices. I recently purchased a beautiful three diamond necklace from Gary for my wife for our upcoming anniversary. I stopped in to a mall jewelry store a few weeks later and began looking at their wares, and talked to this store's manager, who was impressed with my knowledge of gemstones - all of which I owe to Gary. Amidst the wide range of real and laboratory manufactured stones (I've never seen a laboratory-created stone at Gary's - I believe he is a purist and will not work with fake stones), I began talking to this man about Gary's. I mentioned this necklace to him and what I had paid for it. He told me the best he would have been able to price such a work would have been about $700 more than what I paid for it at Gary's. Is there any question why I will consistently travel the extra distance from the far side of Philadelphia to Cherry Hill specifically to visit his store? It's simply worth the trip and the extra time.
"Finally, there is the service. Aside from Gary himself, who is a true gentleman when it comes to serving his customers, his staff is likewise knowledgeable and extremely courteous and polite. It's almost as if Gary's demeanor is contagious.
"So what do you have. A wonderful combination of exceptional product, exceptional quality, exceptional prices, and exceptional service.
"Why would you go anywhere else?" —Michael
I would be remiss if I did not send this little note to let you know how appreciative I am to have your establishment nearby. I find your repairs fantastic(if you can't fix it, I throw it away) In addition, your many products which I utilize in my business are unique. Thanks to you and your staff for your always courteous help.
—Leah, owner of Barone Interiors and Gardens
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
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 fianc� 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
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
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!!
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'.
Labradorite carved Cat
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 —
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!
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!
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David Friant said: September 17th, 2013 6:31 pm
As a Mfg. jeweler of 43 years, I'm never disappointed visiting your store, as a member of the BIZ. I always find the strange and usual .(Even the Jewelers and Stone dealers as far away as Peru, I was always pervy to different and was of the opinion been there and seen that).Gary's shop always has thing's that IMPRESS ME!!
juli said: July 29th, 2013 5:35 pm
Hi there. I was in your store last Wednesday (I bought prehnite, iceland shar calicite, creedite, flourite, crinoid stems, and a host of smaller gifts for my little brother) and just wanted to let you know that I had a great experience! Thanks so much and good luck to you guys!
Al DeHart said: January 3rd, 2014 12:04 pm
Gary, enjoyed visiting your shop. I bought several reference books, some fossil sharks teeth, little geodes, and some display items. Its always a pleasure to come to your shop while visiting my wife's family in Philly.
Carole Valpone said: July 26th, 2014 11:48 am
Love your shop and the vast array of beautiful Gemstones.