Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry

Musings from my jewelry atelier high in the Manhattan Sky

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On the road again

Hi folks

I am out and about again on the trunk show trail.

Just wrapped up a fab 3 day show at Fibula on Deer Isle in Maine, what a gorgeous part of the country.  It was my first time there and I already can’t wait to go back.

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Next up is a few days at Gladstone in Manchester by The Sea, I will be there Thursday, Friday and Saturday so come by if you are in the area.

Then is on to Bella Cose at Jackson Hole, July 27th-July 31st

and then my first trunk show with Jewelers Studio in Stone Harbor NJ on August 12th & 13th

Hope to see you somewhere soon, check my website for the full list of trunks coming up, I have so many fab jewels and stories to share.

http://raygriffiths.com/trunkshow/

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Blue Moon

Blue Moon

To celebrate tonights full moon/new moon here are some of favorite new pieces in a blue hue.

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18k Yellow Gold Regency Ring featuring Cabochon Turquoise Center Stone surrounded by Ceylon Sapphires and White Diamonds

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18k Yellow Gold Regency Ring featuring Cabochon Sapphire Center Stone surround by pave set Sapphires

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18k Yellow Gold Crownwork Ball top earrings with Tanzanite Tassels

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18k Yellow Gold Crownwork Ball top earrings with Turquoise Tassels

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18k Yellow Gold Diamond top earrings with Crownwork Finial drops and Crownwork Caped Fluted Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

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18k Yellow Gold Crownwork ring with claw set Tanzanite and pave Diamond surround

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18k Yellow Gold crownwork ring with Cabochon Turquoise center stone and pave Diamond surround

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Hoop Dreams

Jewelry is an essential part of getting dressed, its in our nature as humans to adorn ourselves with beautiful things.  We have been doing it since the dawn of time.  Sometimes we want the shiniest bauble on the block but most days we need our basics.  One of my favorite basics is the hoop. You can throw a pair on with some jeans and a tee and you are good to go.  They come in many forms and once you find the right pair for you its a dream, a hoop dream.

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Golden hues of fall

Gold Rush

Its no secret that I love Gold.  Its by far my favorite metal to work with and it makes up the bulk of my collection,  I only use 18k Yellow Gold in my designs.                  18k is comprised of 75% gold and 25% alloy, it has a rich tone to it and gives a very luxurious feel to jewelry when you wear it.

Here are a few fun facts about Gold

1. Gold is said to be so rare that the world pours more steel in an hour than it has poured gold since time began.

2. A one-ounce gold nugget is more rare to find than a five-carat diamond

3. A single ounce of gold can be drawn into a wire 60 miles long

4. In every cubic mile of sea water there is 25 tonnes of gold!  That’s a total of about 10 billion tonnes of golf in the oceans; however, there’s no known way to economically recover it.  So if you you’re a strong swimmer get to it!!!!

Lately I have been having so much fun creating different shapes in gold and just playing with them.  Here are some of my favorite 3d crownwork shapes.

Round

Amphora

Pearl Shape

Finial

I use these in all my designs and I love to mix and match them and use them as accents in necklaces and features in earrings.  The possibilities are endless.

And here are some of my favorite new designs using my all time favorite GOLD!

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Inspiration: Regency Rings

I spent some time looking back through history at old European jewels,  I went through my library of books and studied royal jewelry for inspiration.  I wanted to start with something formal and go from there.  Watching Downton Abbey sparked a design fire in my brain, I love that British Regency period.

These rings are very elongated, I love the length. It cuts back over the arch of your hand.  Then my architectural sensibilities set in and I added in a linear curve, all the curves and line on this ring match, its seamless.

For the stones I went with two different approaches.  A very classical approach as illustrated by the sapphire and diamond ring below and a very 60s modern approach with diamonds and ovals illustrated by the black diamond and moonstone ring.

The possibilities for this ring are infinite and thats why I love it so much.

Blue Sapphire Ring

Black Diamond

 

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Trunk showstoppers!

The definition of a trunk show is “a sales event for showing merchandise to staff or select customers”

The definition of my life is endless trunk shows, I spend more than half my life traveling to stores and hanging out with the staff, slinging jewels, making new friends and spending time with treasured collectors of my jewelry.  I am always so grateful that people take time out of their lives to come see me.  I love connecting with people and I love sharing my work.

Over the past few months I have been to Carmel @ Cayen Collection, Manchester by the Sea a@ Gladstone, Jackson Hole @ Belle Cose, Oklahoma @ Naifeh , Sacramento @ Hamilton Pavilions  and Pittsburgh @ Choices.

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I also squeezed a little trip to Barcelona for fun, caught up with some old friends and got very inspired by Gaudi.  I am sure it will all show up in my next collection.

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Coming up still for the year are shows in Midland TX @ Cathy Eastham, Dallas      @ Eiseman Jewels, New Orleans @ Donald J Pliner, Minneapolis @ Max’s, Memphis @ Medniknow, Alberta CA @ J Vair Anderson, Palm Desert @ The Jewelry Bar, Weston MA @ Trove , San Francisco @ Danielle, Menlo Park @ Angela and Bronxville @ CitrineNY

Check out the trunk show section of my site for details of how

Hope to see you on the road

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Jewel Box Confidential: Ray

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“I have always loved jewels and been attracted to sparkly things, my nickname amongst my friends back home in Australia is                      Jessie Jewel Box” – Ray

 I ALWAYS have a ring on, my current favorite is the champagne diamond pave Regency Ring.

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I always try every piece on at each stage of production and wear it around the office for a few hours, I love to get a real feel of each jewel and connect with it.

More is more is always my motto.

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The most sentimental jewel I own is my grandfathers wedding ring.  I am very dyslexic and when I was young telling left from right could be challenging.  So my mother put this ring on my left hand so I would always know which way to go.

I like to infuse a little bit of sentimentality in every jewel I produce, my jewelry should feel familiar when you wear it.

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I wear a watch every day, its a TAG Hueur and it was a treat to myself.

 

 

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Red, White and New

In celebration of summer and July 4th here are some of my favorite red, white and blue gemstones set in some old favorites and new contenders.

There are so many wonderful stones in these fabulous hues, picking my current favorites was very difficult.  Honorable mentions to Blue Topaz, Sapphire, Blue Zircon, White Zircon and Moonstone (I love you all too…..)


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Turquoise, my bright and beautiful friend.  One of my favorite minerals, it got its name from the french for turks (turquoise) because it was first brought to Europe from Turkey.  After the Persian mines closed Sleeping Beauty was considered the most beautiful.  Now the SB mines have closed so my best advised would be to grab some Turquoise ASAP

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Lapis

This deep blue stone has been one of the most sought after since man’s history began.  It remains a symbol of royalty and honor.  That’s why it pairs so well with my crownwork (plus it looks fab)

Ruby

There are very few stones in the red family, the queen of them all is the Ruby.  Apart from it color the desirability of Rubies lies in their hardness, durability, lustre and rarity.
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White Topaz can get bit of bad rap, often seen as the poor cousin of the diamond many people overlook this gemstone.  I love it and use it a lot in my jewels.  Its highly refractive, bright and crisp.  All the things I look for in a stone.
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Diamonds aren’t just a girls best friend, they’re everyones BBF.  They’re formed at the highest temperature and pressure within the earth and then bought to the surface through deep volcano eruptions so they are like the superheroes of the gem world.  The best thing about them is that they SPARKLE like no ones business and they make you happy.
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Prince sang about Diamonds AND Pearls so lets bring it home with these beautiful objects that are produced within a living (and delicious) creature. Famed not only for their beauty but also medicinal purpose these little babies can do no wrong.
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Inspiration: crownwork ball fringe necklace

This is also known as the necklace that just took runner up in the Gold category of the Couture Design Awards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I took a jewelry journey through ancient history; Etruscan, Greco Roman and Ottoman Empire pieces inspired the structure, form and drape of this necklace.
This is my crownwork spin on the historical pieces that are fueling my creative flames right now.
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Jewel Box Confidential: Ellen Gonda

Ellen “Ellie” Gonda  is more family than friend to Ray, she is an accomplished, elegant, polished fellow Aussie.  Ellie is a big supporter of the Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry family and its a thrill to have her on the blog
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My first piece of jewelry came from my beloved grandmother, Bia, who arrived in England from Florence in anticipation of my birth with a filigree heart on a gold chain.

How did you meet Ray?

Ray and I initially met at a store called SABA that used to be on West Broadway in New York. I complimented him on the pearl he was wearing. He responded, “Thanks, doll, I made it myself…where did you get that watch?” I said, “a shop called Rox in the Strand Arcade in Sydney,” to which Ray replied, “I used to own that shop!” Now that I’ve known Ray for about 15 years, I know these sorts of magical moments of connection happen all the time!

First piece of Ray Griffiths jewelry you owned?

My first Ray Griffiths jewels were a pair of beautiful brushed silver earrings that I treasure.

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Current jewelry on high rotation?

I always wear a jewel or two from Ray. I feel naked without my golden crown work ring–it’s representative of Ray’s incredible ability to integrate style and comfort into statement pieces. Recently I’ve been reaching for my golden bangles from my grandmother and am wearing my Plume rose gold and diamond bar earrings.

 

All time favorite RG jewel?

I can’t choose just one! My all time favorite ring is a coral cabochon. My favorite necklace is a gold crown work chain that I can wear long, wrapped around my neck twice or three times. My all time favorite earrings are a pair of long golden earrings.IMG_3891

A piece of jewelry you never take off and why?

Sometimes one has to take everything off!

Do you feel a personal connection with Ray and his jewelry? 

Over the years, I’ve found myself returning to Ray for any and all occasions. He’s a true master of his craft and a gem in his own right!


Advice to a first time Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry collector?

This won’t be your last!

Whats the best compliment you have ever received wearing Ray’s jewelry?

Honestly, I get as many compliments as times I’ve worn Ray’s jewelry.

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