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 form 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. 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.
As a young teen, Griffiths spent his weekends working with his shoemaker father in Melbourne, Australia, where his strong work ethic and keen attention to detail was originally fostered. At fifteen, he went on to apprentice with a master jeweler at Dunklings in Melbourne, and learned to restore antique jewelry, tiaras and crowns. Here, Griffiths developed his proficiency in crownwork, a specific cutout technique employed by master metal smiths of the 18th and 19th centuries to lesson the weight of royal headpieces.
Griffiths continued his studies in Gemology and Diamond Technology, and made the move to Sydney in the early 1980s. After working 20 years with one of Sydney’s premiere jewelry boutiques, Griffiths was ready for a change. He made his life-long dream of moving to New York City and opening a studio there.
In 1998, Griffiths launched Ray Griffiths Fine Jewelry, based in his 5th avenue Atelier the line is carried by over independent jewelers and lifestyle stores around the country. Along with his own line of jewelry Ray is also a restoration and bespoke jewelry expert, breathing new life into beloved family heirlooms and working on private custom designs.
Each Ray Griffiths piece speaks of his life’s adventures, the passion that fuels his story. The Edwardian and Regency eras, Spanish Moors, and Roman Greco are a few inspirations from the past that also distinguish Ray Griffiths’ work. Every detailed cutout and polished edge represents the culmination of his life’s work, recalling his years of training with his shoemaker father, his jeweler mentor, as a student in technical college, and his years as a designer and jeweler in prominent jewelry boutiques. 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.