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Yvonne Raley | Cecile Raley Designs
Mission
Cecile Raley Designs is dedicated to all things sustainable and fair.
Our castings are made from recycled materials, and our gems are untreated whenever possible. We promote local artisanship and fair wages. We strive to understand how our gems and materials are sourced, and we provide full disclosure about our production to our customers. Based just outside New York City, Cecile Raley Designs uses local artists to help with our work. We specialize in antique styles ranging from the Victorian to Art Deco periods, adding lots of color with rare and unusual colored gems.  We offer both ready to wear and fully customized jewelry.  You can design it yourself using our design your own software or our catalog, or you can commission a CAD design with us.
 
About Me
A few years ago, I saw a necklace in a museum shop in Montreal. I really wanted it, but it was too expensive. When I came home from vacation, my best friend said to me "why don't you make a similar one yourself? I'll show you how to do it." This was a revelation to me and I've been making jewelry every since. I am self taught (my degrees are in all in Philosophy), but I love being creative in any which way.
I've always been a self starter, and motivated to try new things. I like keeping busy, and my hobbies and my jobs tend to blend into one. This is a good thing, because you shouldn't waste your life doing things that you don't enjoy. Gem stones are my passion, and I hope that my item descriptions and photos communicate this.  I also love writing, you can check out my blog on this website.
My shop grew together with my customers. Most of them are regular buyers, they make suggestions, provide feedback, and they tell me what works and what doesn't. Being creative is a collaborative effort, all you need is to be willing to work hard and to have an open mind.  My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have supported me over the years!
All my castings are done from recycled materials, my casting service is certified green.  I employ a number of local artists to help me with my work:  Brandy B. from Generation Punk Jewelry does all the CAD work, Pierre B., located on 47th Street, is my setter and his elaborate pave style adds another dimension to my shop.  Alex P. is my engraver, he's been in the business for over 40 years.  And Debbie M. is my assistant, without whom not.
Design Your Own
In 2015, Cecile Raley Designs partnered up with Dassault Systems, one of the largest CAD software suppliers, to develop a design your own software, which allows customers to create and customize their own earrings and pendants using our colored gems and designs.  We are proud to have been chosen to participate in this pilot, and we encourage you to try it out!
 
Collections

Hexagon: This multi stone bezel set line captures the roaring 1920s in full technicolor.

Scroll: This collection reminds of love and eternity with an antique flair marked by the scroll.  

Petal:  Reminiscent of the Victorian era, my petal designs use art nouveau floral elements but in rose and yellow gold.

Contour: Simplicity and color are the main elements of this line that lets the gems be in the foreground.  The gems are just hugged by a fine line of metal.

Gotham: These edgy, art deco designs that take us back to the New York City of the 1930s.

Gems:  Just, that, gems, pure and simple.