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Cecile Raley Designs

Jersey City, New Jersey · 9451 Sales

yvonneraley

Cecile Raley Designs

Jersey City, New Jersey 9451 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(4716)

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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 (Jersey City and New York City) artists to help with our work. We specialize in antique styles ranging from the Victorian to Art Deco periods, adding splashes of color with rare and unusual gems.

Whenever possible, our gems are not heated, oiled, glass filled, dyed, or diffusion treated. We are proud to be able to offer some truly rare finds, such as Merelanit Mint Garnet, Mahenge Spinel, Color Change Garnet, Ceylon sapphires, unheated Tanzanite, and more. These stones are hard to come by, and we often chase parcels for weeks to get a hold of these gems.

To read more about gems, designs and custom pricing, please visit our blog: cecileraleydesigns.blogspot.com

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Last updated on Jun 19, 2017

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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 (Jersey City and New York City) artists to help with our work. We specialize in antique styles ranging from the Victorian to Art Deco periods, adding splashes of color with rare and unusual gems.

Whenever possible, our gems are not heated, oiled, glass filled, dyed, or diffusion treated. We are proud to be able to offer some truly rare finds, such as Merelanit Mint Garnet, Mahenge Spinel, Color Change Garnet, Ceylon sapphires, unheated Tanzanite, and more. These stones are hard to come by, and we often chase parcels for weeks to get a hold of these gems.

To read more about gems, designs and custom pricing, please visit our blog: cecileraleydesigns.blogspot.com

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5 out of 5 stars
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Melanie Stalcup

Melanie Stalcup on Jul 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

I received my color-change garnet earrings today! They are so pretty...the garnets are so rich in color, and the earring setting/baskets are built really well.. I won't fret about losing a stone out of these earring settings. Thank you!! -- Melanie S.

Butter Elephant

Butter Elephant on Jul 21, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

sparkling gem and nicely made ring

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Updates

These are all part of the 'Gotham Collection' An Art Deco inspired line

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About

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. Gem stones 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 an assistant, Debbie, who has become my right hand. She does everything from social media to shipping to keeping my head on straight.

Brandy from Generation Punk Jewelry (also on Etsy) does my CAD designs.

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.

To find out more about my practices, go to my blog at cecileraleydesigns.blogspot.com

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.

  • Debbie Mangual

    Assistant, Photographer, Shipper

    Debbie is my assistant without whom not. She does my social media, shipping and photography. She's an FIT Jewelry Design graduate originally from NY, currently based in Jersey City, NJ. She is also a Painter, Vintage Stylist & Headdress Designer.

Production partners

  • 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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