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Cecile Raley Designs — emerald cut

Tucson: The List

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

I don't think I've been this excited about a trip in a very long time - not even my Christmas trip home to Germany and France.  Going to Tucson is just different.  And expensive, lol.

I am slowly assembling a list of gems I want to look for. Here is my progress. Additional suggestions are welcome - if you have a specific order, let me know, suggestions are just that, I won't hold you to buying...

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Mahenge Spinel Revisited

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

I've decided to do another blog entry on Mahenges not only because I am totally obsessed with them but also because I recently got to pick a small batch from a 2009 parcel that my supplier's uncle released from his vault.  The rest of the parcel went overseas but I got some neat stuff.  I'll be listing my pretties piece by piece for the upcoming holiday season.
As you may or may not know, Mahenge...

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RISK! How to Deal in High End Gems and Not Lose Your Shirt – or the Gem

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Last November, I was approached by an Australian customer to source an engagement stone for her. She wanted a Ceylon sapphire, 4 carats, emerald cut, no heat, with cert. The budget: $15,000. Needless to say I don’t have those kinds of stones lying around. Not in that price range for sure, but I also don’t have the kind of inventory in larger sizes that allows for such specifics. Nonetheless I was...

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