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Cecile Raley Designs — gold

What Does "Recycled" Metal Really Mean?

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I advertise in my shop that my castings are made from recycled metals.  Recently I got a question about what this really means, which made me realize that there is quite a need for me to clarify.

First off, here's what it doesn't mean: it doesn't mean that I re-purpose old clasps or chains or any other jewelry parts. All the items I use, unless they are antique (that is rare) are newly purchased...

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Stone Setting by Pierre

Posted by Cecile Raley on

I am slowly learning how to add little video clips to my blog so here is my first one. It was my practice piece but then I thought it came out nice enough to share. In this video, Pierre explains how he is prong setting 3mm diamonds into a diamond eternity band. First he opens the ring up underneath, then he drills the seat, pops in the diamond and gently pushes the prongs over the stone. They pop...

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Year End Survey

Posted by Cecile Raley on

As this year is coming to a close, I am reviewing what has worked and what has not worked for my shop. In the past year, I added a lot of gold jewelry and listed way more gemstones. That seemed to have been the way to go. My main sellers in gems were sapphires and spinel, my main metal was rose gold but the new platinum silver also did great. The hexagon line did very well, and I sold a lot of...

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