Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Forgotten Beauties: Some Jewelry Highlights from my Shop

In this blog entry, I want to focus your attention on a few pieces of finished jewelry from the shop that have remained behind in previous sales.  All of these feature gemstones that already are extremely rare or will be in the foreseeable future. 

To read more please visit our website at: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs/forgotten-beauties-some-jewelry-highlights-from-my-shop




Monday, June 26, 2017

Russian Demantoid: What’s the Deal with Horsetail Inclusions?

As many of you know, I have been selling quite a few Russian demantoids on my site in the last year.  Initially they came from only one source, old stock, topping out at (exactly) 3.2mm, no heat, and a very bright medium apple green, no secondary yellow.  Super nice stuff, great cutting, all priced at $800/ct.  I still have some of that stock, but not much, and my source is out.  The price, as I said, is the price of older stock, and unless one finds a good connection, Russian prices are now much higher.....




To read more, go to our website at: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs/russian-demantoid-what-s-the-deal-with-horsetail-inclusions

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Upcoming Vegas Show: The Culture of the Gem Trade

This summer marks the 9th year of Cecile Raley Designs, and in August, I will have been on Etsy for 8 years.  As many of you know, I started out with beaded necklaces, only slowly moving to more fine jewelry, but from the start, I was attracted to working with real gemstones, no glass, resin, or other materials.  I almost never buy opaque stones like agates, jaspers, or turquoise.  I like faceted, glossy, vibrant, eye catching beauty that you can spot from afar in a gem tray – or on someone’s neck for that matter.
I went to my first real trade show in 2009: Jeweler’s of America in New York.  I love going to trade shows.  Not just because I love gem shopping, I also enjoy the interactions – the gem talk – and I love studying people and behavior.  The gem trade, to me, has its own unique sociology.  Its culture is ancient and many families have been in the trade for generations.  They size up buyers in a matter of seconds, and they trade information among one other. 

To read more please visit our website at: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs/upcoming-vegas-show-the-culture-of-the-gem-trade



Thursday, May 18, 2017

TIME for VEGAS: The Next Gem Shopping Trip – Pre-Orders Now Open!

Yippie – it’s gem shopping time again.  In just over 2 weeks, Cecile Raley Designs departs for the JCK and AGTA shows in Las Vegas!  I’m going to start the shopping by doing absolutely nothing  in Mandalay bay for a couple of nights

To read more please visit our website at: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs/time-for-vegas-the-next-gem-shopping-trip-pre-orders-now-open



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Earring News: More ear wire options for existing new designs

You might have seen some of the new leverbacks that I offer in my shop - either as stand alone or to be added to another earring design.  So it's time to go over all the options I have, metal colors, and some prices to keep things organized.  (Note that a lot of these prices are new, and therefore higher.) This will help you create more custom pieces.....

To read more please visit our website at: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs/earring-news-more-ear-wire-options-for-exiting-new-designs





Monday, April 10, 2017

Why I Source only Colombian Emeralds?

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written about emeralds, but with Emerald month coming up I should return to this favorite gem of mine.  There are three well known locations for emeralds: Zambia, Brazil and Colombia.  I pretty much source only Colombian emeralds although I can get all three if needed.  Zambian emeralds are often.....

To read more please visit our website at: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs/new