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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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