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.
October 2, 2017
As expected, September was a busy month with travel to several industry venues. First, the September Hong Kong show was very well attended with business being written throughout the show. As is the case with almost every show, some dealers were very happy and others looking for a tall bridge to jump from. The downside to the show was the air conditioning in the building was not working. Imagine 2000+ dealers, 12,000+ attendees and all the show lights with no air conditioning in hot and humid Hong Kong! I was only in town for three days, two on the show floor and despite the hot and uncomfortable conditions, I was able to source some great material to fill holes in the inventory for the rest of the Fall selling season. In the coming weeks, I hope to show you some of the new aquamarines from Madagascar and Mozambique, blue zircons in single stones up to 10 carats as well as matched pairs, sapphires in all the flavors including blue, purple, pink and peach, spinel, sphene and moonstone cats eyes in single stones and matched pairs. Although not sourced at the Hong Kong show, a new parcel of rough purple garnets is on the way to me from the Mahenge region of Tanzania.
Later in the month, the ever popular World of Gems Conference was held in Chicago by Gemworld International. It was their fifth conference since 2008. As always, it was extremely informative with a great variety of speakers on industry issues. It is also a great venue to network with people from all aspects of the gem & jewelry business. If you have not attended before, I highly recommend a visit to the Windy City for the next one. John J. Bradshaw was proud to be a sponsor of the conference this year. A “rare stone” guessing game with a 30 carat green New Hampshire fluorite as the prize was held at my table. I had written articles for most of the 28 rare stones in the last few years for The Guide. All were durable enough to use in some form of jewelry. This area of the business should not be ignored as there are probably many collectors among your clientele. Some collect stamps, coins, unicorns, owls, minerals and yes, some even collect gemstones and/or jewelry. Take some time to check out our sister site, www.rarestone.com.
Roundtables: Thank you to all who have reserved their times for the Fall roundtables. I look forward to helping you make these events fun and profitable. After a recent meal at a Chinese restaurant, my fortune cookie told me what I already knew, “If you want to succeed in business, avoid business as usual”.
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.