Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry

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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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Hoops 6

 

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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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Regency Rings

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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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.
 white topaz
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.
Pearl
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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Ray's favorite green stones and why

It is easy being green….

In honor of St Patricks Day, here is a love letter to my favorite green stones.  I love green!!

I have a natural affection for all things green; vegetables, gardens, clothes (one of my favorite suits is a dark green McQueen) and of course gemstones.

Peridot Blog

My birthstone is Peridot and like 99% of all Leo’s I love it.  Peridot has a richness, warmth and friendliness to it. When you are wearing Peridot you feel like you are wearing a friend and I try to incorporate this into my designs when I use it in my jewelry.

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Chrysoprase, difficult to say, difficult to spell, incredible to look at.
Chrysoprase  is an Australian native stone (just like me), the semi translucent apple green coloring you can see in the earrings above is only  found in Australia.   It belongs to the chalcedony family and is known as the Stone of Venus.  Chrysoprase pops beautifully with Gold and I find it perfectly compliments my crownwork.
Green Amethyst
Green Amethyst, also known as “Prasiolite”   is a beautiful soft green color and comes from the  quartz based mineral group family.  It looks beautiful in lots of different cuts and is one of the classic stones I use in many of my designs.
 Green Moonstone
I love all moonstone because of its mystical nature  and it comes in various shades. One of my favorites is green moonstone, it has a wonderful chatoyancy when it is worn and moves with the wearer.  Moonstone is a feminine stone and helps to balance energy.
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Golden Days of Summer

Hello from a slightly cooler NYC, we are having a challenging summer.  Is it beyond a heatwave where you are?

The absolute highlight of my month (and year) was the opportunity I had to shake the hand of the President of the United States.  It was a thrill and an honor to attend the Obama for America’s 2011 LGBT Gala.  I attended with some great friends and was lucky to sit at a table with Christine Quinn.  Obama gave a fantastic speech about issues that are close to my heart and when he was finished I saw my opportunity to meet him and I took it.

Unfortunately my camera took that opportunity to run out of battery so the absolute moment was not captured for all to see as I hoped, however it did come back to life  enough for me to get a great shot of the President after our hand shake.

Regardless of where you sit on the political spectrum I am sure you will agree that meeting the sitting President of the country you are living in is a great thrill!

The Gala was hosting brilliantly by the extraordinarily talented Neil Patrick Harris, as you can see I cornered him for one my signature “Up Shots” (many of you have been the photographic subjects of these too)

I have just finished the JA Winter Show at the Jacob Javitz Center, its always such fun to spend time with my fellow designers and show my new pieces to the Editors and Stores.

The Pave Rings were our stand out star of the show…

This one is Black Diamond, they also come in Emerald, Ruby, White Diamond and my current fave Sapphire (I have one in the most amazing Cobalt Blue in the collection at the moment)

I have been having so much fun working with turquoise lately, my lovely friend Beth Bernstein was kind enough to give me a little high five in her fantastic jewelry blog B-Jeweled….. http://bjeweled.wordpress.com/2011/07/28/young-turqs/

I am putting together a turquoise and black diamond collection for the holidays, here is a sneak peek ……

It’s no secret I love Gold, its my metal of choice and I have been fascinated by its possibilities all my life.  We all know that the cost of gold has risen astronomically.  I only work in 18ct,  due to the fact its 750/1000 parts gold it has the most fantastic color and durability.   A classic piece of gold jewelry is a great investment both financially and fashionably, it will hold its value really well and is timeless.

Here is my pick for the Gold jewelry all women should collect over their lifetime:

A classic pair of gold hoops, a gypsy style like the ones above frame the face beautifully and translates really well from day to night & casual to dressy.

A cable link bracelet is always the chicest addition to any wrist and will work well stacked with other pieces or on its own

A classic gold chain will never do you wrong, worn every day it will almost become a part of you.  (I like to finish my chains with a diamond on either side of the bale, its a little secret luxury just for you)

A classic chunky gold ring is an everyday staple, don’t be afraid to mix them with your other rings.  I love the look of yellow, white and rose gold mixed together and they always look great with any jewels you may have inherited from Grandma.

My current fave is a big fat hammered ring that I made by melting down some of my old pieces, in these challenging financial times it pays to recycle and reinvent!


So if you are thinking about investing in some gold pieces and are wary of the price remember that real jewelry is not seasonal,  it will hold its value both in your wallet and your heart…

I am off to Jackson Hole to do a trunk show with Goodies 2 Shoes (come say Hi if you are in the area) and then I am off to Rio for some MUCH needed fun in the sun.  I’ll take lots of pictures to share and fill you in next month.

Stay cool in the heat

xo

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Red, White and New …….

Welcome to my blog, I can’t believe we are halfway through the year already! Where does time go?  My year so far has been a blur of travel (some for fun, some for work), moving into our amazing new studio/showroom and of course jewels.


I just returned from a whirlwind week in Vegas for the Couture Jewelry Show.  It was very successful and the response to all the new jewelry was amazing.  Spending time with my peers in the Jewelry Biz is always fun and very inspiring (or maybe it was that 3rd martini that inspired me).  As you can see by this photo of me modelling one of Arman’s award winning earrings a good time was had by all!


4th of July is near and that has me thinking about all things American.  As a transplant in this fine country I have always admired American style and the style icons that inspire me personally and creatively….

So I present my Pageant of American Muses…..

Jackie Oyou can’t go past the original first lady of style.  She really bought American style to the forefront of the world and changed the way women dress. 

Diana Vreelandher striking fashion presence and celebration of uniqueness in style remains unmatched today.                                                                                                

Princess Grace The ultimate movie star who stepped into Royalty as though she was born to it…she bought the fairy tale to life.                                                           

Elizabeth TaylorHer unashamed love of  jewelry is legendary but it was her fascination with the stones themselves that I really relate to.                                      

Isamu Noguchi – his clean, simple and naturally complex designs inspire my jewelry  in every way.  Form and function are always at the forefront of his pieces but its the simple symmetry that runs through the designs that really speaks to me.

 

 

 

 

 

Ray Griffiths Classic 18ct Yellow Gold Crown Work Set 14mm RED (Mediterranean Coral), WHITE (White Topaz) and BLUE (Sleeping Beauty Turquoise) Earrings                                                                                                                                       

We have had some great press this month, Martha Stewart weddings featured one of our all time best selling earring styles in their colorful summer issue:

This simple drop earring always packs a punch with a juicy stone nestled into a crown work setting and a long dramatic drop….We do them in a wide variety of stone combinations and they never fail to dazzle.  Some of my favorite combinations for summer are – White Topaz/Crysophrase, Blue Topaz/Green Amethyst, Citrine/Rutliated Quartz (pictured above) and Zircon/Turquoise

One of my favorite NYC blogs PUREWOW did a fab little feature on the studio, the jewels and moi and I could not have been more thrilled…


I plan on staying local for the rest of the month, weekends in the Hamptons and a dinner with President Obama are on the calander for me. Stay tuned for pics and recaps.

xo


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