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History

This year IJ Gems celebrates our 29th year at our downtown Hermiston location!

The IJ Gems history starts back with Fabian and Irene Mack with the assumption of Farmers Jewelers and then the creation of Mack's Credit Jewelers in 1949 in Baker, now Baker City Oregon. Shortly after that, the store changed to Mack & Sons, and later Fabian started a store in Pendleton, which was sold to Mr. Keating, which operated as Mack-Keating Jewelers and closed in 2000. In 1976, Irene Mack started IJ Gems in La Grande, Oregon, later opened the Enterprise Oregon location, and finally the Hermiston store in 1983. The Enterprise location was closed in 1986. During this time, though now closed, Mack & Son's stores were opened in Ontario, Baker City and La Grande. The remaining independant family stores are in Oak Harbor, Washington, Hermiston Oregon, and St. George Utah. Of the 13 Mack children, 6 remain in the jewelry trade.

The IJ Gems Vision

At I.J. Gems, our vision is to provide you, our Customer, our best products with the best services possible at the best possible price. The Customer is the reason for our existence and Jewelry is our passion. We endeavor to treat our Customer in the manner that we would like to be treated. You won't find high pressure sales staff, or a stuffy environment. Only knowledgeable and personable sales associates in a friendly atmosphere. At I.J. Gems we want you to be comfortable with your jewelry shopping experience, excited about your purchase, and satisfied that you got the best possible value. At I.J. Gems we believe in Honesty, Integrity, and Fairness in dealing. Old Fashioned values forged from years of Jewelry experience. Values that we believe are critical for the new Millennium. We want your repeated business... and your friendship. Your satisfaction is our goal and our success!

Philosophy

Our Business Philosophy is simple: we believe that we should deliver excellent customer service each and every time when assisting you with your purchases or servicing your jewelry. You are our #1 priority.

Member Association

I.J. Gems is rated by the Jeweler's Board of Trade (JBT), and is a member of the Jewelers of America, the Oregon Jewelers Association and the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce.


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Purchasing

IJ Gems is primarily a "brick and mortar" retail jewelry store for in store purchases of in stock jewelry, custom design,custom order, and special order. The IJ Gems web site is primarily intended to display the store, products and services to the outlying service area of Hermiston, Oregon. We appreciate greatly our current clientele who have found to appreciate the large selection , value and service provided by our store. For Jewelry in Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, Walla Walla, and other Washington areas, you cannot beat the fact Oregon continues to have no sales tax! IJ Gems is pleased to have regular Jewelry customers from Washington State, and Oregon locations such as: La Grande, Pendleton, Milton-Freewater, Athena, Weston, Helix, Pilot Rock, Ukiah, Stanfield, Echo, and Umatilla, Condon, Heppner, Lexington, Boardman, Irrigon, and Arlington.

The display of products in our galleries is merely representative of our vast jewelry lines, and generally do not represent the whole of any particular line of jewelry.

We do not sell on line unless thorugh a connected Vendor s, nor ordinarily sell by telelphone. Purchases initiated by new customers by telephone or fax will require security assurances to assure your financial information is secure. Please do not send any credit card or other number financial information over email as the connection is not guaranteed to be secure.

Please do inquire about availability, pricing and anything that we can do to make your purchase intelligent and pleasurable, and please visit us in Hermiston!

   

 

Gift Certificates

If you are at a loss of what to give that special person, then an I.J. Gems Gift Certificate may be your solution. Available always in whatever amount you desire, an I.J. Gems Gift Certificate says that you care enough to buy the very best!