Posted Mar 6th, 2019 in Retail Roundup
You know you’ve found a real gem of a business when the owners offer hospitality beyond your expectations. Merchants like Gems 4 U in Downtown Wilmington are very hospitable and are willing to go the extra mile to make your shopping experience more pleasurable. They welcome everyone into the store with a friendly greeting and the offer of water and chocolate. They also make their restroom available for customers.
The mother and daughter duo that operates the store, Valerie and Mary Sedcieski, have been creating handmade, semi-precious jewelry from gems, crystals, fossils, beads and sea glass for 11 years and have operated the shop on North Front Street since 2014. They pride themselves on making unique jewelry from quality materials at affordable prices.
If you love a little sparkle in your life and like to have jewelry that matches an outfit then, this store is a must to visit. The space is bright and cheerful and has several displays of different types of jewelry. It is also the work area where Valerie and Mary create the jewelry.
Mary wire-wraps pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings using aluminum wire that is pliable, hypo-allergenic and non-tarnishing. Different color combinations can be achieved using black wire or wire that is coated with copper and all the gems she uses are unique. Valerie discovered a talent for beading so she creates bracelets and lariats—long, wrap-around, leather necklaces adorned with beads and charms that can also be worn as belts.
You can also choose charms from the charm bar or select individual crystals, gems and beads for a custom-made piece. The variations are endless and some charms can even be engraved to personalize the piece.
Whatever you choose, you will be supporting local arts and crafts at Gems 4 U. Artwork from local artists, Rawl Color Artworks, Ivey Hayes Artwork and J T Johnson Pastels is also on display and available for sale.
Hours: Sun – Thurs, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Fri, Sat, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
10 N Front St
Wilmington, NC 28401