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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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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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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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Rare & Beautiful

Manon Crespi sat down with Ray at the Couture jewelry show in Vegas and talked all things jewelry for her incredible You Tube series Rare & Beautiful.  Manon is a fabulous writer, jewelry aficionado, model (we have created some beautiful images with her in the past) and most of all very good friend of Ray’s.  Their chemistry and love for jewels shines through in this fabulous conversation.

 

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Classic Cocktails and Classic Jewels

We have teamed up with one our dear friends and the beverage director for the Bowery Group NY (Cookshop, Vics, Shuka & Rosies) Tim Harris to bring you a series of classic cocktails paired with classic jewelry.

We are focusing on pairing the healing properties of the stone in the jewels with the feel good factors of the drinks. Helping us all to feel a little better from the inside out.

Kicking it all off is Clear Quartz, known as the master healing stone. It protects against negativity and helps to attune to the higher self.

Take it away Tim….

Ray and I have known each other since 2008. In that time I have been making cocktails for Ray and Ray has made some beautiful pieces for me and my extended family and friends including our wedding bands and my wife’s engagement ring.

I can’t speak to Ray’s creative process but when I’m creating cocktails, I often think beyond how drinks taste or look, and focus on how they can make you FEEL. EG Does a Manhattan give you confidence? Can a tropical drink transport you to an island beach for a few moments. Will this drink get the party started? That sort of thing. Ray’s understanding of rare stones and the properties they possess inspired this idea of pairing particular jewels to classic cocktails. Here is my take.

My day isn’t over until I can unwind with a classic Martini. The healing properties of that ice-cold, clear deliciousness is a perfect match for this healing crystal. Whether you prefer the classic Gin version or a Vodka number, remember that a martini is all about dry vermouth. Buy a good one and keep it in the fridge. Here is my recipe for the ultimate martini:

CLASSIC MARTINI

3oz London Dry Gin or Premium Vodka

0.75oz Dry Vermouth

1 dash Orange Bitters

1 pinch salt (trust me!)

Place all ingredients in a mixing glass or cocktail shaker. Add ice and STIR (don’t shake) for 45 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass with a stem (can be a wine glass if necessary) Garnish by taking a piece of fresh lemon peel and squeezing, skin-side-out, into the glass. Add an olive or onion if you like. If you must make it dirty, add some olive brine but not too much.

Click here to see some of our current classic quartz favorites.

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Color Therapy

I have been reading about color therapy and the idea that colors create electrical impulses in our brains that can either calm or stimulate us.  This concept dates back to ancient Egyptians who used sun activated solarium rooms constructed with colored glass for therapeutic purpose.
Here are some of my favorite color combos

xo

Ray