About Us

John cutting gemstones
John cutting gemstones

Our Approach to Gemstone Cutting Lapidary Services

  • Personal Service – we work directly with clients on the phone, through email and text, and face-to-face for those local to Lexington, to determine their needs and application.
  • Quick Turn-Around Time – our goal is to complete work within one week.
  • High Quality – we choose the best gemstones from client rough to transform into the best finished gemstone . Each stone is optimized for best color, most sparkle, and greatest visual impact. We strive for the highest quality stone cutting workmanship.
  • Customer Satisfaction – we want our clients to be delighted with their finished gems.

faceted Tourmaline
Faceted Tourmaline

sapphire & tourmaline rough
Sapphire and Tourmaline Rough

Faceted Sapphire and Tourmaline
Faceted Sapphire and Tourmaline

owner Gems By John

John Wright


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 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!

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