Welcome to johnjbradshaw.com specializing in exceptional custom cutting since 1979. Additionally, we import fine gemstones from our worldwide sources that are hand selected to meet the same exacting standards as our custom cutting.
We hope you enjoy browsing our pages and look forward to working with you for all your gemstone needs.
As an AGTA "firm" member, we offer wholesale privileges to retailers, goldsmiths, and designers that are active in the gem trade.
March 1, 2018
Tucson Report: The annual gathering in the desert last month was crazy busy and as exciting as always. This was my 39th year making the Tucson pilgrimage and I still look forward to it as much as I did in the early years. This year featured approximately fifty venues ranging from wholesale only to retail vendors, from high end goods to driveway gravel. If you had a hankering for a buffalo hide, yes, that was available too! Early reports were positive. Most dealers and vendors had a good to very good show following a strong Christmas season. Well cut stones led the pack in demand and sales. Blue sapphire and tourmaline were strong sellers, as well as garnet in all of its flavors. Rare, unusual and exotic gems that are durable enough for jewelry also fared nicely. Think sphene, iolite, chrysoberyl, andalusite, and apatite, just to name a few. In fact, I was pleased to have the opportunity to give two talks at the NAJA conference in Tucson this year, one on the rare and unusual stones and the other on the science, art and business of faceting.
I am now back at the wheel cutting for the upcoming Spring season on the road. On the list are Maine tourmalines, purple garnets from East Africa, aquamarine, and Montana sapphire. Later this month, I will be speaking at the monthly meeting of GIA alumni in Phoenix. If you happen to be in the area, I hope to see you there. A quick buying trip to Sri Lanka for the Spring season and the Vegas show is also in the planning stage.
Roundtables: Thank you to all that hosted gemstone roundtables last year. I am beginning to reserve time for those that are interested in doing a roundtable in 2018. It does take a bit of time to properly plan for a successful event so if you have interest, please contact me at your earliest convenience for more information on these profitable events or to reserve the dates for your store! As always, I can be reached at 603-881-7486 or by email through the "Contact" link in the left column.
The website has a new look with the same great content! It was redesigned to be more usable on mobile interfaces. I hope you find it user friendly. As always, don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
Thank you for stopping by the website and thank all of you for making it a success. As material is continually being cut or purchased, please contact me by phone or email if you don't see what you need. Feel free to contact me regarding how I can help in training staff, organizing a gemstone roundtable or to sourcing your gemstone needs.
If you haven't already done so, please register by clicking on the "Register" link at the Login page. You may then login with your info and browse to reserve any stones that you wish to see. Orders are sent out for a 10 day approval period. If you have any questions, help is an email or a phone call away.
Left : Citrine from Brazil weighing 19.88 ct., custom cut square brilliant.
Center: AGTA GemFair Las Vegas 2014, Booth #740
Right: Amethyst from Uruguay weighing 12.95 ct, custom cut brilliant hexagon.