✧ Meet the Artist ✧
Hello! I am Kari Raley, the sole soul behind Raley Design Studios. I paint the art, cut the gemstones, design & make the jewelry, take the photos, pack & ship, and everything in between. I consider myself a self-taught artist. My "studios" are located at home in Southern California with my husband and fur-kids.
In 2016, I started my gem and jewelry journey at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in Carlsbad, CA, where I earned my diplomas in Jewelry Design (drafting & hand rendering), Jewelry Design & Technology (CAD/CAM), Graduate Gemologist, Pearls Graduate, Applied Jewelry Professional, plus both Basic and Intermediate Jewelry Repair & Setting. While attending GIA, I also started my journey into lapidary work and completely fell in love. I endeavor to artfully cut and shape the material to capture and frame the scenery within each stone.
Armed with my new knowledge and skills, in March 2019 I started my own company, Raley Design Studios LLC, where I'm able to combine my passions for art, design, and gemstones. If I'm not creating, I'm not happy.
GIA AJP, GG, Graduate Pearls, JDT, Jewelry Design
"There are no mistakes in art."
-Mrs. Zacarias, High School Art Teacher
"EARTH without ART is just EH."