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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 3, 2016

I hope everybody is having a successful and profitable summer.  The summer cutting session is well underway here.  In line for cutting are Maine tourmalines, but I will also be working on a few aquamarines, garnets and spinels for the Fall season.  As always, I hope to be able to see you in September or October.  Please feel free to call (603-881-7486) to reserve a time if you prefer.

Have you heard that spinel has been announced as one of the birthstones for August?  Sad to say but summer will be over in the blink of an eye with September just around the corner.  Blue sapphire continues to be one of the top selling colored stones.  Pantone’s colors of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pastel pink and blue that work well together.  Think morganite, rose quartz, tourmaline, sapphire, aquamarine to name a few.

Need an amethyst??  The New York Post had this article on the popularity of amethyst for Millenials

GIA has published a couple of very good articles on colored stones.  The first is on Montana sapphire and the second, is on the route that colored stones make from mine to market.  Both are very informative and well worth the read.  The Montana sapphire article also has a great video of a few of the active localities of this American gem.

 For the better part of the last couple of years, I have been writing an article on a different rare stone for GemWorld International's publication, the Gem Guide.  To date, there have been articles on danburite, rhodochrosite, sphene, hauyne, sphalerite, vesuvianite, tugtupite, benitoite, fluorite, apatite, prehnite, diopside, and most recently andalusite.  The Guide is a fantastic resource for pricing, appraising, as well as market conditions. If you don't already subscribe, I would highly recommend it.

 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.

 If you haven't already, please register by clicking on the "Register" link at the Login page.  You may then login with your info and browse and reserve any stones that you may see.  Orders are sent out for a 10 day approval period.  If you have any questions, help is an email or phone call away.

 

Pictured above:

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.