Gemstone Cutting

Gems by John

John has been cutting gemstones since 2001 with more than 3,500 to his credit. During this time, he has worked with more than 1,000 clients that include individuals, jewelers, and gem collectors in the United States, Africa, Canada, Europe, and Australia.  John learned how to cut gemstones starting with two one-day faceting lessons, and since that time, John has attended over a dozen week-long lapidary and jewelry making workshops.

He has experience cutting stones from rough - both faceted and cabochons, repairing broken gemstones, cutting stones for jewelry inlay, gemstone drilling, cutting slabs, trimming and cobbing rough, and offering stone cutting classes. 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!

Tanzanite Pendant

Gemstone Cutting Services

Gems by John provides full lapidary services

  • Gemstone cutting
  • Faceting gemstones
  • Making cabochons
  • Trimming and cobbing gemstones
  • Rock & Mineral slab cutting
  • Drilling holes in gems
amethyst-collage

Gemstone Repair Services

Do you have jewelry with scratched or chipped stones?  John is an expert at making your stones look new again.  John also can replace missing stones in inlay jewelry.

  • Faceted
  • Cabochon
  • Inlay
  • Fine Jewelry
  • Fashion Jewelry
  • Native Jewelry
sapphire trillion before and after recutting

Gemstone Cutting Class

  • Training Classs are scheduled by appointment, contact John by email at JohnWright@GemsByJohn.com
  • One day faceting workshop in Lexington, Kentucky. $350 fee includes training materials and use of all lapidary equipment. Student will complete one finished faceted gem.
  • Half-day cabochon workshop in Lexington, Kentucky. $175 fee includes training materials and use of all lapidary equipment. Student will complete 3-5 finished cabs.
Alpha Taurus machine for faceting colored gemstones