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
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.
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.
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.