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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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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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Jewel Box Confidential: Terry Gibralter

Terry Gibralter is a great friend of Ray’s, Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry and one of those super stylish NY women who always look amazing.  We are so thrilled that she is kicking off our new Jewel Box Confidential series.

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Well that would be earrings as my ears were pierced when I was 2 years old by my grandfather who was a doctor.  I remember it being really traumatic but there was no question it was going to happen as culturally every little girl had her ears pierced, typically a lot earlier than 2.  I wore tiny little gold hoops until I was a teen.

 

How did you meet Ray?

A mutual friend I knew from Singapore put us in touch when I needed my wedding ring redesigned.  The original, very traditional art deco setting totally fell apart when I dropped it one day.

First piece of Ray Griffiths jewelry you owned?

The wedding ring I described above. Ray completely redesigned the setting taking the original 1 carat oval shaped diamond and setting it in one of his gorgeous modern bands that featured his classic and beautiful engraving work.

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I’ve always been thoroughly obsessed with jewelry, especially in gold and I adore diamonds and colored stones.  I tend to wear a lot of jewelry at all times and I would feel naked if I didn’t have my rings on. The only place I don’t wear them is to bed! For many years I’ve been wearing a stack of gold and diamond rings (a mix of Ray’s and family rings) on my left ring finger, a large gold and onyx ring by Ray on the pointer finger of my left hand, and a large Elizabeth Gage gold ring with diamonds on my right ring finger.

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All time favorite RG jewel?

Very hard to choose just one! But if forced, I’d have to say the large onyx and gold ring.  It feels like a talisman that I wear for protection in the world on a daily basis and I feel totally vulnerable without it :)

A piece of jewelry you never take off and why?

See above! 

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

Definitely!  Anyone who knows Ray, loves Ray and wearing his jewelry means so much more because of that. His pieces are like old friends who are an immensely important part of my life.  My goal is to have a few more of these “friends”! :)

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Keep collecting!  His pieces stand the test of time, they’re modern and gorgeous and you’ll never want to take them off.

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

So many women (and men!) have seen my amazing onyx and gold ring and said “I want that ring!”.

Check out http://www.houseofterrance.com for access to Terry’s incredible closet and style tips 

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Stone and Stranding with Nadine McCarthy

We had the pleasure of catching up with Stone and Strand Founder Nadine McCarthy. She was gracious enough to explain the interesting concept behind the site and why it’s one of the new ways to shop for fine jewelry.

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Brooke Magnaghi (left) and Nadine McCarthy Kahane (right)

RG: Tell us a little about Stone & Strand

NM: Stone & Strand is a fine jewelry destination that transports the age-old relationship of a personal jeweler and their client to the online arena. We use the convenience and storytelling capabilities of the Internet, as a platform for jewelry enthusiasts to discover, learn about and shop for the very best unique fine jewelry, delivered with a suite of highly intimate concierge services.

RG: How do you select designers to participate on the site?

NM: Stone & Strand is founded upon a contemporary expression of old values. We select designers based on their unique design aesthetic, with underlying devotion and exceptional craftsmanship. In a world filled with factory-manufactured jewelry, we seek designers with an individual story to tell, and a collection that has both spirit and soul.

designer pageStone & Strand launched with a celebration of the amazing jewelry designers we have right here in our hometown of New York. There is so much talent in the city, ranging from highly established designers to the raw energy of designers launching their first line. Ray was one of the first designers that we brought on- we knew we had to have him!

We have since expanded our range and introduced a select group of international designers from all over the world including Turkey, the UK, Russia and Switzerland.

 

RG: What drew you to Ray’s jewelry?

NM: All of our handpicked jewelry designers have their own personality, and Ray’s jewelry has it in abundance! It’s difficult to know where to begin, but at the core of his work is his unique hand crafted crown work technique, so intricate and challenging that few others (if any?) are able to replicate its meticulous detail.

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Ray is a true expert. He’s been designing and making jewelry his whole life and you can simply see it in the gorgeous pieces he produces and his stunning use of color.

Finally, Ray has an infectious passion for the industry and can talk about each and every stone in his collection for hours – where it came from, what makes it special and what he’s going to do with it. Time simply flies by when we pay his beautiful studio a visit!

RG: What is your personal favorite piece of jewelry?

NM: I sadly don’t own it (yet)– but am obsessed with Ray’s 18K yellow gold Tiara. It is the most exquisite piece I have ever seen. We were fortunate enough to be able to shoot it in our first editorial photography session and everyone on set was similarly blown away. It defines the meaning of a family heirloom!

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Ray Griffiths ‘Regency Tiara’ on the Stone and Strand Site

RG: Where is your favorite place to shop (besides Stone and Strand?)

NM: I adore rummaging through antique stores and vintage flea markets, a habit that runs through my entire family. There is nothing better than the feeling of discovery when you find a unique piece, that has its own unique story, and are able to bring it back to life in a corner of your home.

RG: What does the future hold for Stone and Strand?

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NM: Stone & Strand is more than an online destination. We are building a community for jewelry enthusiasts, and want to provide them with insider’s access to the often-veiled world of fine jewelry through exclusive access to one of a kind pieces, behind the scenes peeks into a designer’s world, and finally pop up events for people to meet us in person. We are keeping busy!

To explore the wonderful world of Stone and Strand visit: http://www.stoneandstrand.com/

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