Looking for the perfect gift? We put together a little list of some of our favorites for you.
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
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.
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.
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 rectangle come in 10x14mm & 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
“Jewelry is something that takes a long time to get right. Integrating technical skills into one’s own sense of style and design occurs over time. Jewelry isn’t seasonal, it’s evolutionary.”— Ray Griffiths
In the rarified realm of design-driven, luxury jewelry, Australian-born; New York City-based designer/goldsmith Ray Griffiths is legendary for visionary design, superb quality gem materials and intrepid, master artisanship. At the end of the 20th century, Griffiths drew a winning number in the U.S. Green Card lottery made his new home in New York. While 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry, having trademarked the distinctive, chic and airy 18-karat gold jewelry genre of Crownwork® in 2014, Griffiths has long distinguished himself from other designers.
Having apprenticed in a high-end jewelry restoration house in his native Australia, Griffiths became fluent in the language of gold and precious metals as a teenager. “The more you learn about what can be done with gold to shape and form it, the easier it is to use your imagination to design with it and create beautiful jewels,” he reflects. His masterful grasp of gold’s unique characteristics and deep understanding of its myriad technical and artistic potentials distinguish Griffiths from mere jewelry designers, and many jewelers, for that matter.
Griffiths designs and fabricates everything from earrings to pendant necklaces, oversized yet lightweight link bracelets, wedding ring sets and high jewelry glittering with important diamonds or colored gemstones.
Situated in a sunlit studio on a lovely stretch of New York’s Fifth Avenue, Griffiths dreams up collections that are influenced by adornments from Regency and Edwardian eras as well as Moorish aesthetics and masterpieces from Roman and Greek antiquity. It’s also worth noting that Griffiths loves to create bespoke engagement and wedding jewelry, in addition to offering classic engagement rings and wedding bands.
Owing to his unparalleled restoration skills, Griffiths is renowned as a “jewelry whisperer” who takes weathered jewelry and restores it to its youthful structure, sensuality and shine.
Jewelry connoisseurs routinely depend on Griffiths to restore important pieces. These he works on while wearing strands of organically shaped baroque pearls, some of them offset by his 18-karat gold Crownwork® beads.
The atelier of Ray Griffiths is a sunlit space that sits high above New York’s Fifth Avenue. Here, gold is worked and made into precious pieces stamped with the mark of Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry. Likewise, this is also where Griffiths lovingly restores vintage and antique jewels. To some of his clients, Griffiths is a “jewelry whisperer” who takes weathered or damaged jewelry and restores it to its original shape, sensuality, sparkle and shine. “I like the time-traveling element of doing fine jewelry restoration,” Griffiths says. “It’s fun to imagine who these pieces may have belonged to previously, and where they might have traveled,” he says. “If only some of those jewels could talk to us!”
As gold has often been described by poets and alchemists as sunlight made solid, it is perfectly fitting that the picture-windowed space where Griffiths creates and restores golden jewels is bathed in golden light. Housing two jewelry benches, (one for Griffiths and one for the jeweler who assists him), the studio also contains a safe, the contents of which rival Aladdin’s Cave in terms of treasure. In addition to packets of diamonds, sapphires and other colored gemstones, there are of course 18-karat gold Crownwork® jewels, along with strands of pearls, turquoise and myriad of other gems. “It’s a privilege to be able to work with gemstones and make gold jewelry for people who appreciate the beauty of what I produce,” Griffiths says. “Gold came to our planet from meteorites that crash landed here one hundred million years ago, and gemstones are also precious pieces of eternity. Creating jewelry more than a career, it’s also an emotional process. I love seeing my clients light up when they wear my designs.”
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