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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

JEWELSGEMS GIFT SHOP, 735 Route 94, Frelinghuysen

Owner/artist Jewel Brown with her many creations for any occasion at JewelsGems Gift Shop in Frelinghuysen. All photos by MB Journe, 3/2023

JewelsGems Gift Shop is “Where sticks, stones, wood and paint become art!” said owner/artist Jewel Brown on her company website, www.jewelsgemsllc.com.

It is store number six, located in the quaint Wilbur’s Country Store mini strip mall, located at 735 Route 94 in Frelinghuysen. The shop is owned by Brown, a local resident of Fredon for the past 23 years.

Brown’s gift shop has been open for six years, surviving the Covid lockdown when many small businesses were forced to close.

“I would like to thank my customers for shopping in JewelsGems,” Brown said. “It means a lot to me that my art is appreciated.”

“This is not a jewelry store. I am Jewel and these are all my gems!” Brown explained with a wave about the store showing her beautiful creations. Her logo is a jewel and many of her designs are marked with a glittery stone discreetly incorporated within the piece.

There is something for everyone. There are cigars, humidors, ties and socks for men. There are collectables and wooden signs with cute sayings. There are original paintings in watercolor, oil, acrylic and mixed mediums. There are cases of beautiful silver and semi-precious stone jewelry and hand-beaded earrings in every color. There is always a holiday collection of household decorations.

“I always remember making my own things,” Brown said. “I was 8 years old when I started crocheting, knitting and sewing my own clothing. I learned young that if I wanted something, I could figure it out and be creative.”

She began making jewelry when she was a teenager and sewing pearls on fabric for wedding dresses. Brown is an accomplished seamstress amongst her other talents.


Brown made handcrafted gifts for family and friends and soon their friends were buying her gifts. She always had a nine-to-five job as a special education teacher, but in her spare time she would sell at arts and crafts shows all over the state, such as Warren County’s Arts and Craft Show, the Sussex County Fair Arts and Crafts Show, Sussex County Vo-Tech and Wilbur’s Arts and Crafts show.

Her husband, Isiah, would help with the heavy set up and break down. Some of the shows were juried, the best shows to attend, and she has shown at the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), a museum that holds a prestigious arts and crafts show each year.

In her many years, she has made wedding table decorations, custom boxes and wine glasses, custom bird houses and paintings with beloved pet portraits on them and jewelry.

There is always something new at JewelsGems. Brown is always working on new projects. Stop by and meet her. Hours of operation are: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, check out both of her websites at http://jewelsgemsllc.com/#posts and at http://jewelzjemz.com or call 973-298-0851.

Stop by the gem of Frelinghuysen soon.

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.