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Britt’s Pick: Ray Griffiths’ Pink Tourmaline Ring


Nothing like a good festive red to get you excited for the holidays. Such a bold and bright color brings a powerful feeling of joy this time of year, from the red on Santa’s hat to the berries on the sprigs of holly that you find everywhere you look.

A bold shade of pink, while not so much an iconic Christmas color, is a cosmopolitan alternative to chic holiday decor. It’s bubbly and fun and, when done in just the right way, feels equally seasonal.

Look to Ray Griffiths for a shining example of a wonderfully festive pink, poised to be the envy of all at the next holiday party (whether in person or virtually attended).

A pink tourmaline orb is the centerpiece for this expertly crafted cocktail ring, outlined in oxidized silver like kohl lines the eyes—an aid in making that color really pop.

A wall of pink sapphires sparkles like stage lights, amplifying the star at center, glimmering bulb by bulb. A dance of collective sugarplums, they complement the middle cabochon in color, and just the slightest variation in tone pleases the audience’s eyes.

And what would a style by Australian (New York–based) jeweler Ray Griffiths be without this signature Crownwork, a registered name for the lattice-like lines of gold that appear like airy structured nets providing the loveliest homes for rich gemstones like these. Here, the golden metalwork plays a supporting role to the gemstones, not seen from the top while worn on the finger, but impossible to miss as one moves their hands about naturally.

“I love the color combination of the pink tourmaline and the pink sapphire together. It’s warm, rich and happy!” reads the designer’s note on the piece. “One of the tricks with this ring is that the stone is set very deep into the metal, so you’re in direct contact with the stone. Pink tourmaline is good to bring out your confidence.”

The piece is large—a proper cocktail ring—but its lower profile makes it feel more like an approachable everyday piece and not just an occasion piece. With a pink tourmaline of more than 12 carats, and with 2.25 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, it’s a beacon of beauty that is brilliant for the holidays and well into the new year (and beyond, for generations).

Top: Ring in 18k yellow gold and oxidized silver with 12.27 ct. pink tourmaline and 2.25 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, $9,350 (made to order); Ray Griffiths

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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