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.
August 1, 2017
I hope everybody is enjoying this fantastic Summer so far and wishing everyone a safe, and profitable month of August.
Peridot and Spinel: Spinel now shares the birthstone for the month of August along with the traditional birthstone, peridot. The Pantone color of the year is Greenery so the various shades of peridot perfectly fits the bill. Consider peridots from Pakistan or Burma with great color and clarity in larger sizes of 5 carats or more. Peridot mining is still happening in San Carlos, Arizona providing mostly smaller stones, often with an olive overtone. Spinel has been vastly under appreciated although this seems to be improving. With great hardness, durability and available in a wide variety of colors and sizes, spinel is the perfect choice to manufacture that family heirloom. If the Balas Ruby (actually a red spinel) is good enough for the Royal Family, why not your family or your customer’s family!
Here and Now: My Summer cutting is well under way with new additions of Maine tourmaline, and aquamarine, as well as a few rarities. I have also received new material from a number of different sources including Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Mozambique. Look for sapphires in a variety of flavors, both heated and unheated, spinels and purple garnets. The Fall season promises to be as busy as usual this year.
Roundtables: Thank you to all who have reserved their times for the Fall roundtables. I still have a few openings in October and hope to fill those by the end of August. I will be in touch with those of you that have expressed an interest in hosting these profitable events. It does take a bit of time to properly plan for a successful event. If you are thinking of hosting and have not heard from me, please let me know at your earliest convenience for more information, or to reserve the dates for your store.
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.