In the rarified realm of design-driven, luxury jewelry; New York City-based designer/goldsmith Ray Griffiths is legendary for visionary design, superb quality gem materials and intrepid, master artisanship
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.
Inspirations from the past include the Edwardian and Regency eras, Spanish Moors, and Roman Greco, and are evidenced in his signature Crownwork® – the grid-like pattern that features in all Ray Griffiths designs. Aside from being a distinctive design element, Crownwork® takes much of the weight from the jewelry allowing Ray’s designs to retain visual heft, yet remain light and easy to wear.