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Cecile Raley Designs — gem addict

Why I Source Only Colombian Emeralds?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

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 lighter in color, whereas Brazilian emeralds tend to be very dark and have black inclusions.  I love the bright grassy green color of the Muzo mines in Colombia, and the seller from whom I source these has a larger selection of Colombian material than...

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How to Get Inspired

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

How to Get Inspired

With spring just around the corner and winter being ridiculously mild this year, it's time to think about some inspiration for jewelry and wedding season. Here are some tricks and tips of how I come up with new ideas. To me, there are two main inspirations for jewelry: shapes and colors. That's all there is to it, really. I occasionally look at other jewelry, but it's less often than you might think. The only kind of jewelry I really look at is antique stuff, mainly art deco, but again it's about how they work with shapes. So for instance, the...

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Blog Migration

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Cecile Raley Designs
We have moved our blog to our website. For the latest blog posts, please visit Cecile Raley Designs.

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My First Trip to Tucson

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

I am so excited.  On February 2nd, I am leaving for my first Tucson show ever.  I will be there for the entire week, working part time and shopping part time, making new connections and getting a better sense of availability and pricing of gems.

For those of you who don’t know that much about Tucson, it is thelargest gem show of the world. It takes place once a year, from mid-late January to...

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