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Cecile Raley Designs — rose gold

Working With Color

Posted by Cecile Raley on

As you all know, working with colored gems is my specialty.  I love figuring out which colors go together, come up with crazy combos, and matching them to the right metal.  And I often get the following response: "I would NEVER have come up with that combo."

Actually, coming up with the right color combination is not as hard as you think. Here are some pointers for how to do it, followed by some of...

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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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Making New Out of Old: Restoring Antique Jewelry

Posted by Yvonne Raley on


I’ve been infatuated with antique jewelry lately.  It has a delicacy and detail that you don’t find very much in the mass produced styles of today.  Last fall I started collecting and converting antique stick pins, and a month or so ago I began looking at rings.  But working with antique jewelry can be challenging.  Here’s an example of how I refurbished an old Victorian ring.
 
Finding antique...

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