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Cecile Raley Designs — rhodolite

About Those Pretty Grape-Purple Garnets

Posted by Cecile Raley on

There's been much buzz about these grape-purple Rhodolite garnets lately.  Well, actually they are closer to Malaia garnet than Rhodolite - my friend Josh Lents from GAL (Gemological Appraisal Laboratory of America: http://www.gemlab.com/) did a microscopic analysis.



Grape Garnet Ovals and Emerald Cut
But let me back up. Purple-grape colored garnets have been around for a bit, but the material was...

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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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