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Setting Secrets Exposed: What Happens to Your Custom Project in Setting

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Setting Secrets Exposed: What Happens to Your Custom Project in Setting

I don't know if you have noticed but the diamond district tends to be very secretive about what happens behind all those closed doors. Try googling for articles on the diamond district, you will find that most have very little content. But for a little fun and very accurate information, try this article from the New York Times on Diamond District Slang. Jewelers rarely if ever disclose who does their work, not even to each other. I think that's a pity because there's not only much to be learned for those not in the industry. I personally am in awe...

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Sapphire Treatments: What Matters and What Doesn’t  (By Yvonne Raley and Inken Krause)

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Sapphire Treatments: What Matters and What Doesn’t  (By Yvonne Raley and Inken Krause)

Every month I give sapphires to my lab to certify that a sapphire is unheated, which is essential for my business, and important to my customers especially when they buy more expensive gems.  But determining that a sapphire is heated is not as easy as one might think. First of all, what is the purpose of heating a sapphire?  Heating can improve the clarity of a gem, remove zoning, and intensify color.  With high enough temperatures (about 1700 degrees Celsius) you can also melt the silky inclusions in a sapphire.  When sapphires are cut, the friction created by the cutting...

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Jewelry Laser Surgery: The Alternative to Solder

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Jewelry Laser Surgery: The Alternative to Solder

Jewelry Laser Surgery: The Alternative to Solder. What is laser soldering? What are the advantages and disadvantages of laser soldering? cecile raley designs

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A traveler's report on the world of gems

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A traveler's report on the world of gems

Michael Schmidt is a guest blogger with an honest inside look into the world famous "Diamond District" from a tourist perspective. He is an accomplished writer and has been my friend for over 30 years.  -  Yvonne Raley

http://www.freier-texter-frankfurt.de/

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What does “recycled metal” really mean? What we do and don’t do when it comes to recycling

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What does “recycled metal” really mean?  What we do and don’t do when it comes to recycling

This blog entry is prompted by a couple of recent questions about working with recycled metals.  For Cecile Raley Designs, “recycled” means something fairly simple: the casting service we use works with recycled metals.  They don’t use “only” recycled but they use them whenever they can.  That means, concretely, that the metal refinery that Taba Casting, our casting house, uses to purchase its casting grain, supplies mostly cleaned recycled metals. 

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