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JdcGem

Handcut gemstone cabochons and focal beads.

Eugene, Oregon · 743 Sales

JdcGem

Handcut gemstone cabochons and focal beads.

Eugene, Oregon 743 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(484)

Announcement   Welcome to JdcGem. This shop sells only hand-cut gemstone cabochons and hand-cut gemstone beads. I have recently separated my gemstones from my jewelry. If you are interested in seeing wearable jewelry made with my stones, plus my other jewelry fabrications, I welcome you to visit my other Etsy shop, CushingsCreations. And whether you're ready to buy or not, I always enjoy hearing about it when someone likes my work. If you ever have any questions about anything I have for sale, don't hesitate to send me a convo; I'll be happy to respond.

Every item I have listed is sold with "satisfaction guaranteed". If you are dissatisfied with something you buy from me, for any reason, return it to me within thirty days, in the condition that you received it, and I'll refund your money as soon as I receive the item.

The rough gemstone material that I work with is one hundred pecent natural, with some very few exceptions. The exceptions, (usually turquoise that has been stabilized) are always specifically stated in the description under "Treatment".

To me a cabochon is a stone with a relatively flat back and sides that are curved enough that the stone can be captured with a metal bezel or prongs. A bead is any stone that has a hole in it. While many of my beads have a flat back, many of them do not. I will mention in the description when the back is not flat. I usually take five pictures of every stone: first, a front view; second, a front view with a ruler to show size; third, a back view; and then, usually, two more frontal views. Beads that are drilled from side to side will have an edge view, to show the hole.

For those of you who don't know, in the jewelry trade the word "calibrated" is used to refer to stones the are cut to predetermined sizes and shapes that will fit into premade settings. To me, any stone that isn't "calibrated", is a "custom-cut". Almost all of my stones are custom cut. I like to think that I let the piece of rough material I am working with, determine what the final size and shape of the finished stone will be. I hope that , among the many pieces I am offering, you will find something that strikes your fancy.

Unfortunately, I can no longer sell stones to China. The government of China prohibits the importation of gemstones. I just lost almost $300 because of this rule.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 12, 2016

Welcome to JdcGem. This shop sells only hand-cut gemstone cabochons and hand-cut gemstone beads. I have recently separated my gemstones from my jewelry. If you are interested in seeing wearable jewelry made with my stones, plus my other jewelry fabrications, I welcome you to visit my other Etsy shop, CushingsCreations. And whether you're ready to buy or not, I always enjoy hearing about it when someone likes my work. If you ever have any questions about anything I have for sale, don't hesitate to send me a convo; I'll be happy to respond.

Every item I have listed is sold with "satisfaction guaranteed". If you are dissatisfied with something you buy from me, for any reason, return it to me within thirty days, in the condition that you received it, and I'll refund your money as soon as I receive the item.

The rough gemstone material that I work with is one hundred pecent natural, with some very few exceptions. The exceptions, (usually turquoise that has been stabilized) are always specifically stated in the description under "Treatment".

To me a cabochon is a stone with a relatively flat back and sides that are curved enough that the stone can be captured with a metal bezel or prongs. A bead is any stone that has a hole in it. While many of my beads have a flat back, many of them do not. I will mention in the description when the back is not flat. I usually take five pictures of every stone: first, a front view; second, a front view with a ruler to show size; third, a back view; and then, usually, two more frontal views. Beads that are drilled from side to side will have an edge view, to show the hole.

For those of you who don't know, in the jewelry trade the word "calibrated" is used to refer to stones the are cut to predetermined sizes and shapes that will fit into premade settings. To me, any stone that isn't "calibrated", is a "custom-cut". Almost all of my stones are custom cut. I like to think that I let the piece of rough material I am working with, determine what the final size and shape of the finished stone will be. I hope that , among the many pieces I am offering, you will find something that strikes your fancy.

Unfortunately, I can no longer sell stones to China. The government of China prohibits the importation of gemstones. I just lost almost $300 because of this rule.

John Cushing

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John Cushing

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(484)
Wendy

Wendy on Dec 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lush color. Gorgeous! Thank you!

Wendy

Wendy on Dec 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love this shape and great leopard skin jasper!

Wendy

Wendy on Dec 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous color and so beautifully cut!

Wendy

Wendy on Dec 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful shape and colors--thrilled as always!

Wendy

Wendy on Dec 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful shape and colors--thrilled as always!

Wendy

Wendy on Dec 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful shape and colors--thrilled as always!

Anne Newman

Anne Newman on Dec 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very pleased with this item as always.

Anne Newman

Anne Newman on Dec 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully finished item very pleased.

Anne Newman

Anne Newman on Dec 4, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Lovely - thank you again!

hissnpurr

hissnpurr on Dec 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful little lapis! Even brighter than the picture. Thank you!

hissnpurr

hissnpurr on Dec 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

As shown. I was particularly looking for a stone with a lot of red and this lovely little Mary Ellen Jasper filled the bill quite nicely. Thank you!

hissnpurr

hissnpurr on Dec 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Excellent service! Lovely jade. Thank you!

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About

Cutting stones is what I love most about this business.

I have been a rockhound since I was a kid, and I have been interested in rocks and minerals since junior high shcool. But it wasn't until about 1985 that I was able to purchase a used cabbing unit and take my interest to the next level.
I began cutting cabochons for fun and continued for a several years learning and improving my skills. Then, quite by accident, I discovered that jewelers were willing to pay me for the work I was doing for fun. I continued cutting and selling for some years more. Then one year, when I had a real slow season, I learned a little silver-smithing and began making some silver jewelry.
I developed a relationship with a local jewelry store and continued cutting stones and making and selling jewelry until the recent recession drove the store out of business. The majority of my work now is sold on Etsy. I make and sell gemstone cabochons, beads, and silver jewelry.
I have recently developed a cut that I call a "semi-facet". I haven't seen anything like it anywhere else, so it is new to me. I take a piece of rough material that is transparent, or nearly so, and cut it with a round (domed) top, with curved, rounded surfaces on the bottom half of the stone. What makes it different from a normal faceted stone is that all the surfaces are curved, and it is all done by hand on grinding, sanding, and polishing wheels. I hope my customers find this new style appealing.

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  • John D. Cushing

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    I have been cutting stones for about twenty-five years, and making silver jewelry for about twenty years. I retired from my full-time job about a year ago. One would think that I would have more time to do what I love doing. Funny how that works out.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 3, 2016
Goals: When I first started cutting stones, I did it because it was fun and I wanted to make something pretty for my wife. As I became more skilled and began selling stones, I found that I needed something more. So I set as my goal, to cut gemstones that a jeweler can buy , set in a piece of jewelry, and sell at a profit. Only my customers can tell me if I have met my goal, but overall the experience has been a very positive one for me.

Guarantee: Every item that I have listed is sold with "Satisfaction Guaranteed". If you are dissatisfied, for any reason, with something you have purchased from my Etsy Store, simply notify me within thirty days, return it to me in the condition that you received it, and I will refund your money, no questions asked.

Shapes: Mathematicians tell us that there an infinite number of possible geometric shapes. My experience tells me that not all of those shapes are pleasing to the human eye. My job as a stone cutter is to find those shapes that are pleasing and to turn rough gem material into works of art that are either attractive by themselves or can be made attractive by the talents of a jeweler. I think, mostly, I do a pretty good job. Occasionally I have to recut something because no one likes it; but not often.

Clarity: Gemstone clarity can be subjective and the terms describing it are often confusing. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has set five terms, with definitions, as the standards for describing the clarity of a gemstone. I try to follow these terms in my own descriptions. The terms are listed below.

transparent (clear, can read text through stone easily)
semi transparent (still can read through stone, just has "fog" to it)
translucent (light passes easily through stone, but can not read text through it)
semi translucent (light passes through slightly, may need to be back lit to see)
opaque (no light passes through)

I hope this helps you have better expectations when you buy one of my gemstones.

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Payment
I only accept Paypal.
Shipping
I ship gemstones by First Class Mail and jewelry to the US by Priority Mail. Jewelry shipped outside the US will ship by First Class Mail. Items shipped to the United States will almost always ship within one day. Items going outside the U.S. can ocassionally take as long as three days to ship.
Refunds and Exchanges
See guarantee above.
Additional policies and FAQs
I can no longer ship stones to China. The Chinese government prohibits the importation of gemstones, and I lost a large order because of this.