Recent gemcutting by John Miller

Here are a few samples of gemcutting jobs I've done. Wouldn't you like to add to the list? Just check my custom cutting site and then my contact page.

Here's a somewhat detailed story of a faceted amethyst sphere that Tradeshop is setting in a ring for Cynthia.
Jeff had a gorgeous oval tsavorite with a compression fracture just at the edge of the girdle. After I did a little minor recutting, Ray's gang set it in this platinum beauty!
Not all of my lapidary projects involve gems and jewelry. A research engineer at a major aerospace corporation needs custom-cut prisms and lenses. Here's one I did with a neat checkerboard pattern.
Sarah asked me to repolish the tables on a long tourmaline bar (6 carats) and tanzanite shield (4 carats) to remove some nicks and scratches. I'd say that both turned out quite nicely.
Bob has a penchant for bicolor tourmalines. When a nice pink/green crystal arrived, I knew he would want it. It yielded this nice 1.65 carat long emerald cut.
Bob found a nice chunk of topaz rough on his own and asked me to cut it. The result was a 4.10 carat rectangular barion with Golden Mean proportions.
I'm frequently asked to repolish scratched or abraded stones in the mounting. Depending on the jewelry and the work required, I can sometimes oblige. Here's a nice emerald cabochon I repolished for Rainey in the diamond and white gold ring setting.
Beverly had a 6.5 mm round tanzanite that needed to be 6.0 mm to fit a setting. Since the original stone was a typical lousy commercial cut (badly windowed pavilion, uneven facets, etc.) and looked glassy and dull, I recut the entire stone as a standard brilliant. The result is a nice lively stone.
Karen asked me to recut a 6 carat round blue sapphire. The typical native cut had a lopsided step pavilion with a prominent "window" in the center, and it just seemed rather lifeless. A standard brilliant pavilion with decent angles evened out the color and made this a real sparkler. The loss of a carat in weight was well worth it!

Lloyd bought a rough piece of hessonite garnet from me and just said "you decide which cut will yield the best stone." I cut a 2.10 carat trilliant out of the 6.96 carat rough.


Frank wanted a long, thin tourmaline. My 18.08 carat rough yielded this 7.55 carat beauty.

Walter had a nice round brilliant yellow sapphire that just needed a little spiffing up. A few extra facets on the pavilion really made it lively.

Kathy wanted an unusual piece for a pendant, so I lined her up with this fancy quadrilateral tanzanite (2.87 carats). Now she's working out a design so Ray Elsey can make her that killer pendant!
OK, this story's not so recent, but it's certainly interesting. A few years ago I got a phone call at 1:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning from the local emergency room. A man had gone water-skiing that Saturday. His continuous jade and gold wedding band was a little loose on his ring finger, so he slipped it onto his somewhat larger middle finger to avoid losing it. Well, the finger had become swollen, and he could not remove the ring. The hospital staff had tried for a couple of hours to remove it, and they had already worn out two standard ring cutters in their futile attempts to cut the jade. The situation was becoming a bit desperate, as either the ring or the finger had to come off within the next couple of hours. I took a small diamond saw to the ER and carefully sawed through the jade in a couple of minutes, and Tim's relief was easy to see!

Don't endanger your fingers, but if you'd like a custom cut gemstone for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or a collection, have a damaged or poorly cut stone you'd like recut, or have a fine piece of rough that needs cutting, please see my contact page. Notice: All text and images herein are copyright protected and all rights reserved!

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