Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry

Musings from my jewelry atelier high in the Manhattan Sky

Month: March 2015

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.

crsophrase blog

” kris-o-praise”
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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Conch Shell

Inspiration: Conch Necklace

 I was watching a program on National  Geographic about some sort of sea snake and their buoyancy.  I just loved the movement in the water and as you know all things in my head are jewels, so I started thinking about how to create that as a piece of jewelry.

I added the conch shell lips and played with it inside my head until it worked. I did the drawing, we made a model and loved it so we cast the component in Gold so I could play with it, it too a long time to construct. Once we put all the links together it had that slink factor I was going for :)

Its a really classic, sexy gold necklace that feels really great on and moves naturally with your body.  It has my diamond set toggle and crown work clasp to give it that extra edge.
There is a matching bracelet that you can add to the necklace to make it evening length too.  I like my jewelry to have more than one purpose and to all work together just as beautifully as it does on its own.
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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.

IMG_1630First piece of jewelry you ever owned? 

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.

IMG_1627Current jewelry on high rotation?

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”! :)

IMG_1626Advice to a first time Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry collector?

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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Australia & Tuscon

Here are some happy snaps from my annual pilgrimage home to Australia, first pic is my mother and I.  How amazing does she look?!?!  Then a little look into one of my favorite times of the year, the annual Tuscon Gem Show, as well as finding many hidden gems (pun intended) its a great time to catch up with friends from around the globe.

Finally I had a blast at the G’day Australia Ball with the crew from Burke and Wills.  Check out their restaurant on the Upper West Side, its a delicious take on modern Australian dining. www.burkeandwillsny.com

Enjoy

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 Mum and I

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Friends and Family in Oz

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Friends and Family in Oz

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Tuscon Crew

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Tuscon Crew

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Burke & Wills gang

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With Aussie legend Thorpie

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