John’s studio workshop is in Lexington Kentucky where he lives with his wife and three daughters, all of whom make frequent requests for his jewelry! John is gifted faceter, member of the United States Faceters Guild, diamond setter and colored stone setter. His precision cut colored stones distinguish his jewelry. John started his company first cutting gemstones and later expanded by crafting custom jewelry to complement the colored stones. John has refined his stone cutting and jewelry fabrication skill through a variety of training classes, workshops, and lots of hours behind the jeweler's bench and faceting machine. Some of his training has come from nationally recognized leaders in their fields and include instruction in Faceting from Jerry Call, Diamond Setting from Robert Wooding, Gold Smiting from Danny Barnes, Silver smithing from Alan Jewel & Ruthie Cohen, Lost Wax Casting from Fred Sias, precious opal cutting from Sara Lee Boyce, Jewelry Photography from Ken Kipnis, Creative Stone Setting from John Cogswell , Glass Fusing from Renee Wright, Surface Embellishment by Harold O'Connor, and Jade Carving by Carlos Reyes and Bill Smith from Guatemala.
COLORED STONES --- MORE COLOR --- MORE SPARKLE !
Do You Have ROUGH GEMSTONES ?
I CUT ROUGH INTO FINISHED GEMSTONES !
TURN YOUR ROUGH STONES INTO FINISHED GEMS
John has been faceting gemstones since 2001 with more than 2,100 faceted colored stones to his credit. He personally hand selects premium facet grade rough gemstones from mines around the globe including Africa, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Russia, Thailand and the United States. The best finished gems come from the finest gem grade faceting rough. And, it is easy to see quality in colored gemstones - rich vibrant colors that sparkle. Gems cut By John radiate color from precisely cut highly polished facets: more Color - more Sparkle. John recently began cabochon cutting Precious Opals from Australia.
Oregon Sunstone cut from rough.
Left photo - rough stones; Right photo -finished stones
Can you match the finished stones to the rough stones? OK, the green one is easy. I'll give you a clue, the largest rough stone is turned sideways.
And, of course only one has no copper schiller. So, that one's easy. What about the rest ? (April 2009)
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SOFT STOP DIAL GAUGE ACCESSORY
John developed this much needed faceting machine accessory for Graves Mark IV faceting machines after observing how difficult hard stop faceing machines are to use. The inherent problem with hard stop machines is lack of VISUAL FEEDBACK. Relying on audio feedback, "cutting by ear", o stop is slow and not repeatable. John's Soft Stop Dial Gauge Accessory is a repeatability control device that can be retrofitted to any Graves hard top faceting machine transforming old workhorses into modern machines, easier to use, and speeding up the cutting process.
Click here to learn about The Story Behind the Gems by John Soft Stop retrofit accessory for Graves faceting machines
John has listed pricing for gem cutting lapidary services both faceted and cabochon, gemstone repair, stone setting, faceting lessons, cabochon cutting lessons, common jewelry repair, custom jewelry, handmade jewelry, re-made jewelry, and Soft Stop Dial Gauge retrofit accessory
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If you are not absolutely satisfied with the quality of my services, I will refund 100% of all labor charges.
Due to the nature of custom work and special orders, I am unable to accept returns. However, my craftsmanship is fully guaranteed.
I will repair any defect in workmanship.
Hi, I'm your sister Laura's friend from San Diego, the one whose ring you repaired. I'm writing to thank you for the wonderful job you did!
I don't know if Laura told you, but the opal is my absolute favorite gemstone. I like opals more than diamonds, rubies or sapphires. In my opinion, nothing can compare with the exquisite opal, which glows with an internal fire. So when it came time for my wonderful husband and I to become engaged, I knew what kind of ring I wanted.
I knew that Mervyn's had quite a large selection of opal rings so I went over to the store and saw right away which one I wanted. It had four fiery inset opals in a gold band. I tried it on and it flashed on my finger. It was too big so I asked for a smaller size, but I was told that it was the only size the ring came in. This puzzled me since I knew that rings weren't one-size-fits-all, but I liked it so much I decided to get it anyway. The next day my finance and I went to buy it I figured that I would eventually find a way around the size problem.
First, I took my ring back to Mervyn's, hoping they could help me. The store sent my ring to its jeweler for resizing. Their jeweler promptly sent it back saying that he didn't want to attempt resizing it because of the way the opals were set in the band. They might pop out if the band was tampered with, he said. Next, I tried those clear plastic sizers that slipped around the band. They didn't work very well. Then, I tried one of those gold bands that wound around the inside of my ring. It was uncomfortable, but was the best I could do.
A few months later when my finance and I were formally engaged, I wore the ring continuously until one Sunday when we were in church. I glanced down at my finger and was shocked at what I saw. One of the opals was missing, leaving an empty black triangle where the stone once was. Needless to say, I put the ring away and didn't wear it again. This was in 2003.
I thought of one last option. Every summer I go to visit my family in Minnesota. In 20061 took my ring with me because I remembered a jewelry store there that did repairs. Unfortunately, the jeweler told me the same thing I heard at Mervyn's.
Then, your sister came to visit us in February of 2007 and told me about you. When she went home she took my ring with her. I talked to her later that year and she said that she hand-delivered it that summer when she and Terry went to visit you and your family. Finally, I had hope.
My ring arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I took it out of the box I put it on my finger. It gleamed and glowed once again, looking better than new. And after over four years, I can wear it proudly once again as a symbol of the love and commitment I share with my husband. I owe it all to you and to your dear sister, who made all of this possible! God has truly given you a gift, which I'm certain you are using for His glory! Thank you so very much!
God bless you, Carol