Ray Griffiths enduring love for the craft of making fine jewelry spans more than forty years, and it’s been his constant companion while creating fabulous jewelry for his avid fans.
Griffiths connected to art in jewelry from at an early age, which set his feet on a life long journey that started in his native Melbourne, Australia and later planted him in the heart of New York City.
Spending weekends assisting his shoemaker father as a child shaped his fascination for craftsmanship and attention to detail. Fuelled by a love of gemstones and jewels from an early age, Ray studied the art of restoration under master jewelers whilst still a teenager, he then went on to obtain degrees in Gemology and Diamond Technology. A very successful career as partner and head designer for Sydney’s premier jewelry store in the 80s and 90s followed until the call to New York could no longer be ignored. From then Ray has called the city that never sleeps his home.
Beyond doubt, jewelry is Ray Griffiths’ love language. He showers people with love when he bestows a piece of his jewelry, and offers people a means to express love when he creates it.
Each Ray Griffiths piece speaks of his life’s adventures and the passion that fuels his story. Inspirations from the past include the Edwardian and Regency eras, Spanish Moors, and Roman Greco. These coupled with a love for mid century architecture drive the designs in his collection. Jewelry lovers and collectors appreciate the special pieces Griffiths creates, but ultimately it’s his enduring love for the craft of making fabulous jewelry that keep his fans coming back for more.
The New York Times “Styles” section raved, “I was stunned by the work of Ray Griffiths, an Australian designer trained in the dying art of designing and repairing crowns for royalty. His bracelets are jaw-dropping…”
What is Crownwork?
Crownwork® is the grid like pattern that features in all Ray Griffiths designs.
Crownwork®’s design roots are in Ray’s early training restoring Vintage European Suites of Jewelry. Aside from the distinctive design element and being the signature of Ray’s work, Crownwork® take’s much of the weight from the jewelry allowing Ray’s designs to retain visual heft, yet remain light and easy to wear.
Ray is also passionate about gemstones and is drawn to stones that are individual and interesting, through his design of the jewelry he strives to enhance the natural beauty of the stones he uses.