CecileRaleyDesigns

Rare Loose Gemstones for Sale & Custom Jewelry Design

Jersey City, New Jersey

Buyers are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    We are open for business and shipping daily. Please expect additional processing time on ring sizing and custom orders. Message us here on Etsy if you have any questions.

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FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $300!
GET 10% OFF YOUR 1ST ORDER when you sign up for our newsletter. Just use the link here: http://eepurl.com/XOLvj
Free domestic shipping now available in the shop for all eligible gemstone purchases!!!
"LIKE" us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/CecileRaleyDesigns
IG: @cecileraleydesigns

Cecile Raley Designs was founded in 2007 and in 2009, we started this shop on Etsy. Cecile Raley Designs is dedicated to all things sustainable and fair. Our castings are made from recycled metals by Taba Jewelry in NYC, and our gems are untreated whenever possible.

Cecile Raley Designs promotes local artisanship and fair wages. We strive to understand how our gems and materials are sourced and we regularly travel to our supplier “families.” “Family” has a very special meaning in the gemstone trade, and you can read about our families in our blog: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/other-musings/1?_pos=1&_sid=0990d8497&_ss=r

Based just outside New York City, Cecile Raley Designs uses local artists to help with production. This blog explains the work that goes into producing our pieces: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/gem-jewelry-industry/jewelry-101-how-stuff-gets-made

As of November 2018, we are a proud member of the AGTA (American Gem Trade Association). This is a big deal as you can see in this blog: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/other-musings/1?_pos=1&_sid=0990d8497&_ss=r. In 2020 we also joined Jewelers of America.

We are a proud curator of truly rare gems: Paraiba Tourmaline, Mahenge, Cobalt and Burmese Spinel, Color Change Garnet, Hauyne, Benitoite, Kornerupine, Russian Emerald and many more.

Thank you for visiting our shop, we hope you like what you see.

Yours, Yvonne Cecile Raley and Team

To read more about our story, please visit our popular blog: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/our-story

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 29, 2021

We are open for business and shipping daily. Please expect additional processing time on ring sizing and custom orders. Message us here on Etsy if you have any questions.

******

FREE DOMESTIC SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS OVER $300!
GET 10% OFF YOUR 1ST ORDER when you sign up for our newsletter. Just use the link here: http://eepurl.com/XOLvj
Free domestic shipping now available in the shop for all eligible gemstone purchases!!!
"LIKE" us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/CecileRaleyDesigns
IG: @cecileraleydesigns

Cecile Raley Designs was founded in 2007 and in 2009, we started this shop on Etsy. Cecile Raley Designs is dedicated to all things sustainable and fair. Our castings are made from recycled metals by Taba Jewelry in NYC, and our gems are untreated whenever possible.

Cecile Raley Designs promotes local artisanship and fair wages. We strive to understand how our gems and materials are sourced and we regularly travel to our supplier “families.” “Family” has a very special meaning in the gemstone trade, and you can read about our families in our blog: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/other-musings/1?_pos=1&_sid=0990d8497&_ss=r

Based just outside New York City, Cecile Raley Designs uses local artists to help with production. This blog explains the work that goes into producing our pieces: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/gem-jewelry-industry/jewelry-101-how-stuff-gets-made

As of November 2018, we are a proud member of the AGTA (American Gem Trade Association). This is a big deal as you can see in this blog: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/other-musings/1?_pos=1&_sid=0990d8497&_ss=r. In 2020 we also joined Jewelers of America.

We are a proud curator of truly rare gems: Paraiba Tourmaline, Mahenge, Cobalt and Burmese Spinel, Color Change Garnet, Hauyne, Benitoite, Kornerupine, Russian Emerald and many more.

Thank you for visiting our shop, we hope you like what you see.

Yours, Yvonne Cecile Raley and Team

To read more about our story, please visit our popular blog: https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/our-story

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About CecileRaleyDesigns

Sales 15,995
On Etsy since 2009

Put your Mind to it and You can Do it

A few years ago, I saw a necklace in a museum shop in Montreal. I really wanted it, but it was expensive. When I came home from vacation, my friend said to me "why don't you make it 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 (I have a Ph.D. in philosophy, no design degree) 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. Gemstones are my passion, and I hope that my item descriptions and photos communicate this.

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.

I get help with making my jewelry, in part because my shop is now too busy for me to run it on my own, and in part so I can offer more variety to my customers. I use Taba Casting, a casting service in NYC (if I tried casting in my condo, I think the Jersey City Fire Department would have a melt down, no pun intended). Taba is certified green and they cast in over 20 different alloys. They are a small family business and I love working with them. I highly recommend Taba to other jewelers on Etsy.

I also have two assistants, Johanna and Karen, who are my right and left hand. Johanna has her own Etsy shop and she deals with newsletters, graphic design and social media. Karen is responsible for our shipping, catalogs and prices, as well as some client interaction.

Finally, I use a setter, Pierre (you can read about him in my blog). The setting work I like (a lot of pave work with mill grain) is far beyond my own expertise and Pierre has worked in the business for over 30 years. He has set for Cartier, Tiffany's, and many other design houses, but runs his own shop out of 47th street. The standard for setters is not to guarantee the stones they set, however, which is why I cannot set stones that I did not source myself.

Since 2016, I have been traveling on location to buy gems, in addition to sourcing at the famous Tucson and Vegas shows. I've been to Madagascar, Tanzania and soon will be going to Colombia. Please check out our videos on YouTube and our blog.

To find out more about my practices, go to my blog at https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs

Shop members

  • Yvonne Raley

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Design, Beading, Drawing, Photography, Descriptions, Shipping, Managing Customers And Custom Orders

    I've been making jewelry since 2007. I live in Jersey City, NJ, with my two cats.

  • Pierre

    Setting

    Pierre is Armenian and grew up in Turkey. He's been in NY for several decades and specializes in gem setting, pave and beaded setting in particular. He has a lot of experience with antique setting and styles.

  • Brandy Belenky (and Midnight)

    Designer, CAD Designs

    Brandy has worked in the diamond district for nearly 10 years, managing production for jewelry designers. Brandy is now an independent designer. She does all my CAD work and helps me with custom orders.

  • Karen French

    Assistant, Shipper, Customer Service

    Karen is from Rochester, England and is a graduate of the University of Bristol. She handles packing and shipping, pricing and helps out with marketing, the blog & keeping my website updated.

  • Johanna Wood

    Marketer, Social Media

    Johanna is a native New Jerseyan who is obsessed with her two rescued pekingese mixes and native insects. A jewelry designer herself, with a BFA in Fashion Design, she helps me out with my social media and the newsletter as well as editing the blog.

Production partners

  • Fashion That Works Production

    Harlem, NY

    Fashion that Works Production is a small cooperative founded by women.

  • Taba Casting

    New York, NY

    Taba is a certified green casting service, they are a family business located in NYC. They use only recycled metals, and cast in just about any metal under the sun.

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