Gem Source Inc. – Diamonds in Lexington KY
Gem Source was founded in 1989 by Jim Salyer, a registered gemologist (GIA) from Lexington, KY, With the emphasis on high quality genuine gems, sapphire, emerald, diamond, etc., and finely crafted custom jewelry. Jim felt the tradition of celebrating key moments in peoples’ lives with gifts of fine jewelry, future heirloom pieces, should be held to higher standards than the usual price point merchandising and marketing often used by typical jewelry outlets.
Gem Source is still a family owned and operated single store operation, employing Jim & Gerry Salyer and their two sons, Ian and Lucas. Gem Source moved to its current location at 368 Southland Drive in Lexington in 2001.
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)
Gold has stood the test of time as the most popular choice for jewelry, whether bridal or fashion styles. In it’s purest form, 24 karat, it’s bright yellow, very soft, and easily scratched. Other metals, like zinc, palladium, nickel, copper, and silver,(...read more
4C’s of Diamonds: Carat weight may seem to be the “no brainer” value factor among the 4C’s. However, by taking a closer look, we learn the weight of each diamond is closely related to the quality of the cut. The goal of the cutter is to finish...read more
Cut, as it relates to the 4C’s of diamond grading, is a measure of craftsmanship and quality of cut. The term also is used synonymous with shape, round, oval, etc. Cut analysis is the most complex C of diamond grading, and the most important factor in the beauty...read more
4C’s of diamonds: Color grading of white diamonds is better understood as a scale to describe LACK of color. The dispersion of light into the spectral colors, known as brilliance, is not a part of this topic. Most diamonds used in jewelry are slightly tinted due...read more
Sapphire is the mineral corundum. Blue ones are the second most popular of the world’s gems, after diamonds. The grading and evaluation of sapphire is focused on their color. Gem quality blue sapphire is vivid medium dark blue, neither grayish nor greenish, and...read more
4 C’s of diamonds: Clarity grading. By definition the term clarity refers to a diamonds level of imperfections. In the 1st image, the inclusions are numerous and certainly are visible to the unaided eye. It’s a I2 clarity grade. Next is an I1, easy to see...read more
What a great shop! Has a touch of everything and Jim really, really knows his stuff.Mike A.
Can’t tell you how many times Jim has helped me out in a pinch to find that perfect gift…Toni C.
They do the best work here! I’m in love with the wedding ring that they helped me create!Mollie R.