About Jewels from the Woods

Welcome

Jewels From The Woods is a direct wholesale gem importer and gem cutter, featuring original Gem Art by American Lapidary Artist Larry Woods. Providing the finest Cutting Edge colored gems and gem carvings to the jewelry industry for almost thirty years, we obtain all of our rough gem materials directly from the source, respecting the principles of Fair Trade, honoring the hard work and dedication of the gem miners, and paying fair and sustainable prices for the gem materials. Larry also provides training and instruction in the lapidary arts, working in human resource development and occupational training in places such as the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. Larry is currently seeking funding and both local and government support to establish training and human resource development programs in Africa.

Contact Larry Woods directly during business hours at his Texas studio (830-833-2091) or by email to check availability of stones and arrange shipping and payment.

About Larry Woods

With almost 30 years of gem cutting experience, Larry Woods is internationally recognized as a master gem cutter and artist having won many prestigious awards for his original gem cutting, carvings and gem designs. “My passion and love for colored gems and gem cutting is in revealing the most beautiful, most brilliant gem from each rare piece of gem rough. I am very grateful for the opportunity of expressing creativity and craft in the fashioning and evolution of these rare and precious expressions of nature.”

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ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Born within the heart of the Earth, formed over eons of time, like pieces of crystallized light in every shade and color of the rainbow. Colored gems are some of the rarest and most sought after of natural materials in the world and the source of our inspiration.

“My goal is to reveal the most beautiful finished stone from each rare piece of rough gem material.”

Larry’s original signature gems and gem carvings are available through fine jewelry stores and galleries through out the World. Please see our representatives page for a retail outlet near you.

Awards

1991
1st place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Combination Cuts- Malaya Garnet Medicine Wheel™

1998
3rd place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Carving- Deco Blue Chalcedony Carving

2004
2nd Place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Suites & Pairs- 11 piece, 32.25ct. TW, Spessartite Garnet suite
Medicine Cross™

2nd Place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Combination Cuts- 31.37ct. Spessartite Garnet
Medicine Wheel™

2005
2nd Place Lapidary Journal Gemmys Awards
Specialty Cuts- 103ct Bolivian Amethyst,
Abstract Organic carving

2006
1st Place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Combination Cuts- 26.19ct. Golden Beryl
Four Directions Oval™

1st Place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Carving- 49.72ct. Green Tourmaline
Abstract Organic carving

2007
3rd Place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Carving- 61.11ct. Rubellite Tourmaline
Abstract Organic carved bead

2008
2nd Place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Combination Cuts- 52.12ct Nigerian Aquamarine
Four Directions Radiant™

2009
1st Place AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
Carving – 40.47ct Lightning Ridge Crystal Opal
Abstract Organic Carving
Four Directions Radiant™

Havey Tourmaline

From the Smithsonian site:

With almost 40 years of gem cutting experience, Larry Woods is internationally recognized as a master gem cutter and artist having won many prestigious awards for his original gem cutting, carvings, and gem designs. “My passion and love for colored gems and gem cutting is in revealing the most beautiful, most brilliant gem from each rare piece of gem rough. I am very grateful for the opportunity of expressing creativity and craft in the fashioning and evolution of these rare and precious expressions of nature.” Woods cut the Havey Tourmaline from a terminated crystal taken from one of the 2013 pockets. The original crystal weighed 75 carats (approximately 15 grams). Like most gem-quality tourmaline from Havey Quarry, it was a rich blue-green and featured fine fractures lining its surface. The interior of the crystal, however, was flawless. Woods recognized the potential of the stone the first time he saw it during a visit to the quarry in the fall of 2013:

[Morrison] brought out flat after flat of beautiful blue green tourmaline crystals and gem rough. One piece stood out far and above all the other specimens in his collection, an exceptional 15 gram gem tourmaline crystal termination. The clarity, color, size, and shape of the piece made it a perfect candidate to be cut into a world class gem, and was to that date, one of the largest and finest pieces Jeff had ever found. I realized immediately that this was a very special piece. …My inspiration for cutting the piece followed a fairly traditional formula—a Barion style facet pattern—designed to produce the most brilliant finished gem while maintaining the greatest weight retention from the rough crystal. I especially wanted to bring out the beautiful blue green color of the material. I also decided to add a modern twist to the design: engraved, carved, high-polished grooves in the pavilion of the stone to increase the overall brilliance and light reflection in the finished gem. I am truly grateful to everyone who had a hand in this project, and I am honored to have received the opportunity to work with this incredible gem.Woods and Jeffrey Morrison credit Francis Seay’s generosity for bringing the gem and crystals to the Smithsonian.

Contact Jewels From The Woods

Thank you for your interest in Jewels From The Woods.

Get in touch with Larry Woods right here — please use the email form, or you may email him directly at info@jewelsbywoods.com.

Whether you’re a retail customer seeking something absolutely unique and custom, or a wholesale trade customer looking to buy from our vast inventory, Larry and his team will be happy to reply as soon as possible – typically, within one business day.

You are also invited to reach us by telephone at 830-833-2091. We are available during regular business hours, 9AM-4PM, Monday-Friday. Please leave a message with your contact information, and we will return your call as soon as possible.

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