Your Brilliant Choice Awaits

Your Brilliant Choice Awaits

Family owned and operated since 1989, our store always provides beautiful jewelry that exceed the expectations of our customers. We specialize in rings, earrings, pendants, plus custom handcrafted pieces.

When you visit our store and choose a quality gem or stone, we share educational insight so you know the jewelry's source and value, as well as the process of crafting our fine jewelry.

The cost of the gem or stone should never prevent any customer from acquiring a memorable, handcrafted piece from our store. We provide several affordable plans so you can buy now — and pay later.

Your trusted jewelry experts.

Gem Source was founded in 1989 by Jim Salyer in Lexington, Kentucky with an emphasis on high quality, genuine and colored gems - including sapphires, emeralds, diamonds, and more - in addition to finely crafted custom jewelry.

Gem Source started and continues to be a family-operated store. Jim ensures quality in each piece of jewelry. In addition, he focuses on the customer experience and education around his gems and stones. You will learn something new each time you visit his store.

Quality First in Each Crafted Piece

As members of the prestigious organizations listed below, Gem Source is committed to an international network of jewelry professionals who adhere to the strictest standards of quality and ethical trade practices.

We are proud members of:

  • Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Alumni Association
  • Jewelers of America (JA)
  • American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)

For any inquiries on available items and featured jewelry, be sure to visit our store in Lexington, Kentucky. You may also contact us using our Contact Form.

We thank you for taking the time to visit Gem Source.

Owner Jim Salyer is a registered GIA gemologist. Together with his wife Gerry and their two sons, Ian and Lucas, they share the fascinating world of jewelry in-person and their online community.

Gem Source Inc.
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Francine CortesFrancine Cortes
03:20 11 Jul 24
Gem Source was an absolute joy to work with during one of the most special moments of my life—my engagement. I am beyond happy with the quality of my ring; it... is truly one of a kind. I am head over heels in love with it and so thankful to the team at Gem Source for making my dream come true!read more
Topher CageTopher Cage
02:42 23 Jun 24
You raggedy clowns know your son is messing with a married mother of 3 beautiful children. Low morals. Selling wedding rings but teaching your children to... break up more
23:35 21 May 24
Brian GandeeBrian Gandee
23:54 16 May 24
I can not recommend this place enough! My mom gave me an old ring of hers that didn’t have stones. I talked to Luke and he took care of me! He was very... informative and helped me look at many stones of different colors and he told me what was best for rings. We decided on blue sapphires. They were the best looking sapphires I’ve ever seen and the price was very reasonable. Highly recommend, will be coming back for sure. Thank you Luke and Geri!read more
James DollJames Doll
13:07 13 May 24
I’ve been going to Gem Source for many years customer service is second to none and an outstanding knowledge of their trade!!!
16:46 09 May 24
They are professional, reliable, and efficient. I’m so glad I found them! They helped me resize my engagement ring, and it came back looking even more shiny... and beautiful! (Plus she helped me figure out what size I really was!) The woman also helped me evaluate a broken bracelet today with so much patience! They are intelligent and go above and beyond, and you will not regret bringing your business here! These are the kind of pros that treat you like the “good old days” Thank you!read more
Bonny StewartBonny Stewart
14:02 08 May 24
Had the best experience here when looking for engagement and bands set! We found a set we loved here but wanted some changes to type of stone and metal. Jim... got our sizes and quickly worked up the details in their software to get it exactly how we wanted them. He explained the whole process in detail. When we received the finished products, I was stunned. They are perfect! The store is lovely as well, and the whole Salyer family is wonderful. I strongly recommend Gem more
Stephanie DepaStephanie Depa
14:09 22 Apr 24
The owners created a gorgeous custom necklace with a diamond from an heirloom. They designed earrings to match for a special occasion. Pleasant owners.... Helpful, not pushy. Informative and patient. I will definitely be a returning customer!read more
Matt HowardMatt Howard
15:18 05 Mar 24
Jim was excellent to work with. My fiance and I did not know too much about diamonds/rings and Jim spent over an hour with us going over the basics, and then... showing us examples of different diamonds. We went to other jewelry stores and we did not have nearly as good of an experience. Jim never rushed us, pressured us to buy anything, and he allowed us to ask questions over the course of 2-3 visits. He even showed us how he could incorporate some family diamonds into a ring. Jim also took time to answer my questions about other jewelry (namely watches) and educated us about them as well. After our purchase they followed up and made sure that we had all of our paperwork (appraisal, invoice, and GIA paperwork). They are very easy to talk to. We will not go to another jeweler. I highly recommend Gem Source for their great prices and outstanding customer more
Jared MortonJared Morton
20:17 08 Feb 24
They know nothing about real gemology and are true rip off artists they will try and steal from you. Never do business with them if you are a serious... collector. And if you do have your product tested by a GIA credible more
Ballard ShumateBallard Shumate
20:49 07 Feb 24
Sarah AllenSarah Allen
17:00 02 Feb 24
Have used them twice to fix necklaces and they have always been amazing. Wonderful service & extremely kind. I recommend them highly!
Connie UnderwoodConnie Underwood
07:41 09 Jan 24
I love this store. Their jewelry is absolutely lovely. Jim creates jewelry you’d love to own.I have both purchased new items and had others repaired at Gem... Source. They always have everything ready when promised and completed correctly. The owners are very friendly, helpful, and more
Bucks BBucks B
18:27 21 Dec 23
Luke and the team at Gem Source were a pleasure to work with. They went above and beyond to repair our ring and to fit it with a beautiful replacement... diamond. Couldn't have been more pleased with the process and their reasonable rates. We won't go anywhere else for our jewelry needs here in Lexington. Thanks again Gem Source!!read more
Kimberly BeckettKimberly Beckett
18:59 20 Dec 23
Gem source is a very trusted place of business. Anytime I think jewelry, this establishment is my go to. They’re dependable, , kind, and beyond helpful. I’ve... always had a great experience and they stand behind their sales. I recommend Gem Source 10x over!!read more
John HughesJohn Hughes
09:41 27 Oct 23
Ava TaylorAva Taylor
02:59 09 Oct 23
Michelle EdwardsMichelle Edwards
17:45 22 Jun 23
Greg GraysonGreg Grayson
12:42 08 Jun 23
I can't say enough positive words about Jim and his team at Gem Source. He helped me design an upgraded wedding ring for my beautiful bride for our 20 year... anniversary.I truly appreciated his genuinely kind nature and his patience in helping me understand every step of the process. I had lots of questions, and he had immense knowledge that you won't see in big retail stores.And to top it all off, he helped create the ring of dreams for my wife.We will continue to do business with Jim as long as he keeps the doors more
Gary BGary B
17:56 22 May 23
Jim was extremely helpful in both engagement and wedding band designs. He located diamonds that met our requests, and then provided the finished products to... meet our more
Stacie IngramStacie Ingram
18:49 04 Apr 23
Malory ToothakerMalory Toothaker
12:25 12 Mar 23
Recently had my original marquis wedding set upgraded and refreshed, could not be happier with the results!!! The Salyer’s patiently answered all my questions... and helped me find the perfect design…the ring is stunning….10/10 recommend!!!read more
Thomas DownsThomas Downs
01:27 25 Feb 23
Jim was terrific throughout the process of picking out an anniversary ring for my wife. The ring was better than we could have expected! We will be back and... recommend him highly!read more
Rhonda ScottRhonda Scott
03:32 25 Aug 22
We needed a solitaire set in a new white gold band. Gem Source expedited and delivered. We appreciate their kind, considerate customer service and their... commitment to excellent more
Briget WhitakerBriget Whitaker
18:16 27 Jul 22
Jim was just fantastic to work with! He was able to duplicate a family ring for me and it was stunning. Jim is very knowledgeable and professional and... delivers a finished product that will last for years to more
Rebecca DoehringRebecca Doehring
14:57 18 Jun 22
Working with Jim was such a pleasure. He worked hard to create a replica of a family ring & absolutely perfected it. 🙏🏼💞 The customer... service & workmanship is impeccable! Thank you Jim! So much!read more
Amanda HigginbothamAmanda Higginbotham
00:53 29 Mar 22
Gem source was able to repair and resize my wedding set on site in less than 48 hours. The bands were misshapen from years of wear and the stone was becoming... loose on my engagement ring. When I picked my rings up they looked brand new. Great, friendly and fast service!read more
If you are looking for one of a kind, new or upgrade i have no doubt Jim at Gem Source can make it happen. Jim did a wonderful job finding the perfect diamond... to upgrade my current wedding rings. He surpassed my expectations on size, quality, value and price. I let him know what I was looking for and he showed me several to choose from. In the end I chose a beautiful diamond with a small flaw on the outer edge that he covered with a prong when it was set. Beyond excited with the new addition!!!Love the knowledge of jewelry and diamonds. Locally owned so jewelry always stays on hand!read more
Ashley BackerAshley Backer
17:02 07 Feb 22
A family owned and operated jewelry store in Lexington where genuine kindness and top notch service are exemplified! Jim created rings for my daughters that... aren’t just beautiful but EXACTLY what we asked for. I highly recommend Gem Source. The Salyer family will take care of all your jewelry more
Will SmithWill Smith
16:53 25 Nov 21
I HIGHLY recommend Gem Source. Knowing that purchasing an engagement ring is an important life decision, Jim takes the time to educate, listen, and recommend... the perfect ring for your financial situation. Jim was nothing less than a class act — very responsive, professional, and thoughtful. He really cares about his clients and was happy to hear that my fiancé described my purchase as her “dream ring.” I am confident that you will be pleased with Gem Source and will find a ring that will blow her more
Cookie MillerCookie Miller
18:17 01 Nov 21
I have to say I am so grateful I chose the team at Gem Source to design my customer ring. Jim managed to use diamonds I had that were very sentimental to me... and create a beautiful ring. I have had so many compliments on this piece in the short time I have had it. Thank you Gem Source for being so patient with my requests and for meeting them to the tee! Top notch serviceread more
Michael ColeMichael Cole
05:54 09 Oct 21
Gem Source Inc. is one of those companies where the saying "Do NOT judge a book by its cover" comes into play. When you first walk in, the Jewelry shop is a... bit small and seems like it wouldn't have much to offer. However, it has anything and everything you could ever imagine at amazing prices!To give you a little bit of a background about myself, I am a Mechanical Engineer who dove deep into every precise detail about rings, how they are made, details about diamonds, what makes the perfect diamond, and so much more. I would almost say that I drove so deep into my understanding of diamonds that I was a very difficult customer to please.During my search on my large list of criteria for a set of rings, I went to some of the top Jewelry stores in the state of Kentucky (Based on Google Reviews). I went to Shane Co, Genesis Diamonds, Davis Jewelers, etc..Shane Co had some nice rings but it felt like I was at a car dealer ship being pushed to buy a car; and their prices were expensive. Davis Jeweler had some nice rings but they didn't have the type of ring I was searching for and was expensive. Genesis Diamond had nothing I was looking for and the Owner of the store was one of the worst human-beings I have ever met.When I came to Gem Source Inc, it didn't have as many reviews as the others however, it was HIGHLY underrated. Gem Source Inc. had magnificent customer service. Jim Salyer and his family was such a bliss to work with even with me being such a hard customer to please!Gem Source Inc offer something that every Jeweler that I went to couldn't. Gem Source Inc was able to make the EXACT ring that I wanted and match the EXACT diamond that I wanted at such a low price! The ring was all custom designed by Gem Source Inc. and the price that I paid was less than a non-custom ring that looked semi-similar to what you might want.So why choose Gem Source Inc. out of all the other companies out there? Because at Gem Source Inc. you will get incredible customer service, they will teach you anything you want to know about choosing a ring/diamond, they are people you can trust with something that is so dear to you, they can design/make anything your heart desires, and they have some unbeatable prices.I hope this review helps with your ring search :).read more
Nate SmithNate Smith
16:53 14 Jul 21
Got my fiancee's ring here a few months back and they were great. Super helpful and reasonably priced.
Jaelyn SperaJaelyn Spera
00:02 18 Jun 21
Wonderful, trustworthy customer service. Jim and his family are amazing!
Eileen ClostermanEileen Closterman
03:18 30 Mar 21
I wish I had known about the services offered at Gem years ago. I had been taking my diamond jewelry twice a year to the store where originally purchased for... inspection and repairs. When prongs needed to be re-tipped I had to leave my ring for weeks to be "sent out" somewhere. My ring came back with crooked prongs and never looked quite right. Last fall I finally googled to find a local jeweler. Gem Source showed up with excellent reviews for repair, restoration, and creating new unique pieces of jewelry. Jim Salyer is the jeweler and owner, along with his wife Gerry. Jim restored my diamond marquis to the way it looked in 1979 in the store window. Beautiful.Gem is not like a chain store with a large inventory of look alike pieces.Jim Salyer and his wife Gerry are owners of this long established business. On one of my visits I discovered a tray of gem stones. I was drawn to an opal that reminded me of a special ring I had that was stolen. Jim told me he could recreate that ring for me. He found two beautiful opals from Australia. Jim took my sketch and created several designs for me to consider. He emailed videos to me and patiently made changes. The ring I received took my breath away. I am so happy with the result. I highly recommend Gem to anyone wanting quality jewelry. There are many beautiful pieces to choose from, but if you have a vision of something you would like made personally for you, go see Jim more