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Keeping Calm and Carrying On Amidst the Chaos of COVID-19

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Keeping Calm and Carrying On Amidst the Chaos of COVID-19

What’s going on in the world?! And what are we doing here in Jersey City?  Well didn’t I get back just in time?  My 90% empty airplane touched down at Newark Airport from Germany last Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. and it’s been mayhem ever since, as I’m sure it is where you live as well.  Mad dashes into NYC to check on delayed custom orders, status phone calls with just about everyone I work with, cat food purchases, Amazon deliveries of litter and detergent, food (I did not buy toilet paper, but so far so good!).   "Happy you are staying...

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Travel or Not? Possible Plans and Some Corona Induced Industry Challenges

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Travel or Not?  Possible Plans and Some Corona Induced Industry Challenges

  Ring Featuring Colombian Emerald from Chivor So this was supposed to be a blog about my upcoming trip to Colombia.  And it largely is, but there are now some obvious qualifiers.  The flight is booked, paid for, Colombia is not on any list for travel caution, but things seem to change every day.  Pendant Featuring Colombian Emerald from Chivor If I do go, I will leave on April 2nd and will be back on the 13th.  There will be a buying weekend in Bogota, then a trip to Muzo and this time hopefully Consquez, after that Chivor.  My focus...

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Tucson Gem Haul: Find Out What's Coming to the Shop, Before it Gets There!

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Tucson Gem Haul: Find Out What's Coming to the Shop, Before it Gets There!

My panshir emerald melee is now sorted (see below,) I'll be offering sizes from 1mm-2mm in small batches.  Some small Russian emeralds are coming up. Panshir Emerald Melee I also secured more beautiful boulder and black opal from Australia.  More sizes and colors of sapphire and ruby melee being listed as we speak, as well as more Vietnamese spinel including some collectors sizes that I'm super happy with.  The lavenders and lilac colors are very hard to get, and to me, very unusual because they have almost no notes of secondary gray.  Vietnamese Lavender Spinel What I didn't buy much...

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Greetings from Chilly Tucson!

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Greetings from Chilly Tucson!

Updates on Yvonne's gem buying trip to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show!  Find out what she's finding as soon as she gets it -- and there's still time to let her know what she can purchase just for you!

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NEW NEW NEW: Rings, Pendants, & Earrings for Alternate Stone Shapes

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

NEW NEW NEW: Rings, Pendants, & Earrings for Alternate Stone Shapes

With Tucson around the corner, I've been thinking long and hard about what new items I could make that would offer up some options for alternate stone shapes.  My main focus this time was the oval, or rather, the roval. In particular, designs that allow for more 3x2 and 4x3 options. There are so many 4x3 ovals on the market and they often cost less, too.  So I worked on a new Lily using those, and Elizabeth shapes for earrings. OVAL LILY: These take a 4mm center stone, 4 4x3mm ovals and 2mm (or smaller) gems on the outside.  The width is 17mm, so...

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