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
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)
Are Looking For FACETING ROUGH ?
I SELL FACET ROUGH !
BUY YOUR FACETING ROUGH HERE !
John has been faceting gemstones since 2001 with more than 1,000 faceted colored stones to his credit. He 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 also cuts cabochons from Precious Opals from Australian and Ethiopia.
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Do You Have a GRAVES FACETING MACHINE ?
I SELL A SOFT STOP DIAL GAUGE FOR GRAVES MARK IV !
TURN YOUR GRAVES INTO A SOFT STOP MACHINE !
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
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.
I’M LOCATED IN
HORSE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
Gems By John LLC
4101 Tates Creek Centre Dr
Lexington, KY 40517
TURN AROUND TIME
6 to 8 weeks