JCK Asks…Ray Griffiths

Giving new meaning to “crown jewels” If you’ve ever wondered how a designer develops a signature style, consider the origins of Ray Griffiths’ trademark crownwork motif—which are actually quite technical. “While in Australia, I trained as a ­restoration specialist in a classical jewelry workshop,” says the Australian-born New York City transplant. “Crownwork is a product of my extensive and consistent training.” While honing his impressive technical skills, he was also making a name for himself with elegant gold jewels and a royally cool style sensibility.18k gold and ruby crownwork earringsAge: 57Number of years in the biz: 40Number of employees you oversee: 3 including myself.Family and pets: Giant family, all in Australia.Describe your personal style: Classic with a modern twist. Taking pride in your appearance never hurt anyone. Almost never in jeans and don’t ow

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