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Town & Country – Stars & Signs

This one was a match made in heaven, I am a Leo so having my Hessonite Garnet ring paired up with my star sign in this months Town and Country was serendipitous.

This asymmetric ring has a natural, flowing, organic shape.  The ring was designed to mimic the beautiful misshapes that nature provides with some pave diamonds to surround the stone. Because we all need a sparkling halo.

 Click here to see more details about this beauty.

I have made this ring in lots of beautiful gemstones. Turquoise, Black Jade, Chrysoprase, Amethyst.  It really is one of my favorites to make and I love exploring new gems to use with this style


Click here to see more of these gorgeous asymmetric rings.

xo Ray

 

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Delicata Squash & Arugula Salad

One of my favorite things about fall is the variety of squash to play with,  my current favorite is Delicata, they are so easy to prepare and so delicious.  I wanted to share this simple recipe that is perfect as a side or on its own.

This serves 2 people so just adjust the amounts for your needs

  • Delicata Squash
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Lemon
  • Maple Syrup
  • Flat Parsley
  • Arugula
  • Goats Cheese

 

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and cover a baking tray with foil.

Grab your Squash and cut the ends off, then cut in half down the middle.  Scoop all the seeds and guts out and throw away.

Slice the two halves into slices at whatever thickness you desire.  They look like cute little half circles.

Throw this into a bowl and splash enough olive oil to coat and sprinkle with salt, pepper and red pepper to taste.

Throw these onto your baking tray and put them in the oven for 20 mins, after 20 mins take them out and shake them around a bit then squeeze half the lemon over them and give them another shake to coat before throwing them back in the oven for another 15 minutes.  Take them out again and drizzle them with a little maple syrup then back in the oven for another 7 minutes to caramelize a little.

They should be slightly crisp but still soft.  Put your arugula in a bowl, roughly chop the flat lead parsley and add in, squeeze the other lemon half over this then add in the roasted squash whilst still warm and top with crumbled goats cheese.

Enjoy

xo

 

 

 

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Pave Sapphire Crownwork® Wide Bands


These rings are one of my latest designs and I love the pure simplicity of them, they are the perfect way to wear some fabulous bling on your finger every day.

They measure just a little over 3/4 of an inch in length and width and sit comfortably just under the knuckle

 I designed this ring so the curve starts at the base and lifts up off the finger at the top to accommodate the faceted stones, there is also a beautiful smooth frame around the stonework.  The stones vary in size and are set in oxidized silver to give them an additional pop.  The band is my 18k yellow gold crownwork® of course.

Click here for more details on these beauties in green and orange sapphire, they can be made in any color sapphire or diamonds you desire to order.  The current production time is 3-4 weeks.  Hit that contact us button on this page to start the conversation.

xo

 

 

 

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Town & Country – Featured

It is always such a thrill to be featured in Town & Country, it’s such a style staple.  October is Opal month and the Stars and Signs page always has fabulous jewels paired up with everyone’s signs.

One of my all time favorite crownwork® east west opal rings with pave diamond surround was paired up with Virgo and I think its a perfect match.

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 for a closer look at this beauty

xo Ray

PS – How fabulous does Sharon Stone look on the cover!?!?!

 

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Classic Bezel Set Earrings

My all time favorite, classic earrings are these bezel set beauties that I make in all shapes, sizes and stones.

They drape so beautifully on the ear.  The hook is made of 18k spring gold so its high tensile, easy to get on and off and helps the earring hang directly underneath the earlobe.  It also pulls the earring in so it sits tight.  No matter where you see it from (side, back, front) the earrings are translucent and you can appreciate the full beauty and detail of the earring and stone.

The rounds come in 10mm, 12mm & 14mm.  The 12mm is the perfect “starter earring” and my all time best seller.

The squares come in 9mm, 12mm & 14mm.

The rectangle come in 10x14mm & 13x18mm

The pear shapes come in 12x16mm & 13x18mm

My classic stones are all listed below, I work mostly in 18k yellow gold.  It’s my favorite metal to work with.  Everything can be made to order in white gold also if that is your jam.

Click here to see more of these beauties, these are usually made to order and take around 2-3 weeks.

 

 

 

xo

 

 

 

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Pinky Rings

Pinky rings are the unsung hero of the jewelry world, they pack a stylish punch and are an essential part of every jewelry collection.

My love affair with them started early in life, I am left handed and very dyslexic so I had trouble with left from right. My mother gave me a little pinky ring to wear on my left hand when I was a young boy and whenever I was confused I would reach down and feel that ring to get my bearings. So for me a pinky ring has been an anchor throughout my life.

They also have a fascinating history, in Victorian times single women and men uninterested in pursuing marriage would wear one on their left hand. Later in the US they were beloved by the Mafia (many thought this was so they could be sold to pay for funeral expenses in case of untimely death).

Today pinky rings are embraced as a symbol of self love. You can wear them with initials, birth stones, family heirloom stone or just your favorite gem.

I am having a serious moment of making these gorgeous rings, click here to see all the fabulous pinky rings currently available. I can also make something to order for you, shoot me an email if you have something in mind.

xo

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Jewel School – Opals

The name Opal comes from the Sanskrit word upala, meaning “precious stone” and later the Greek derivative Opallios meaning “to see a change of color”.

Birthstone – October

Zodiac – Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Pisces

Properties – Love, Loyalty, Peace, Consciousness

Click here to see all our current favorite Opal Jewels.

 

 

 

 

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Behind the Design – The Drawing

Every designer has their own process for designing, we thought you might like a little peek at Ray’s.  Ray studied technical drawing at college, so he draws all his designs in Plan and Elevation (which is a traditional drafting technique).  “That’s how I get to see a piece in 3D inside my head, because I see it from all sides”

 Whether it’s a new ring, link, earring or pendant for the collection or a custom piece or engagement ring.

Every piece of jewelry starts off with a simple drawing that began its life inside Ray’s head.

 

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Jewel School – Pearls

“Pearls are a mixture of mineral and organic material formed within the soft living tissue of a shelled mollusk. When dirt gets inside the shell, it is an irritant to the pearl. The pearl releases albite, the saliva that glues onto the pearl to smooth it out.”

Birthstone – June

Zodiac – Gemini, Cancer

Wedding Anniversary – 6th

Properties – Purity, Honesty, Integrity, Wisdom

Click here to see all our current favorite Pearl Jewels.