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When it comes to jewelry, we gravitate toward pieces that are Old World and off the beaten path. Nobody embodies that one-of-a-kind sentiment better than Ray Griffiths, an expert heirloom crafter and antique restorer--and one of New York's most knowledgeable gemologists.

Though Griffiths has been in business for nearly 30 years, he's having a renaissance with a new studio and a recently released collection of exquisite, woven gold pieces. The jewelry is a rainbow of precious sapphires, turquoise, emeralds and amethysts crafted in the intricate crown work style Griffiths mastered while building tiaras in his native Australia.

The natural light and crisp white walls in his new space brilliantly showcase the pavé gemstones in the Colorburst earrings ($5820); oxidized, diamond-encrusted rings ($3800-$6200) and gold hippie-chic necklaces, as seen above ($3950).

And as far as custom work and sentimental value are concerned, Griffiths is in a class by himself. He's recently refurbished a 19th-century diamond brooch and a 1950s charm bracelet, and reworked the setting on a grandmother's wedding band to make a modern, elegant engagement ring (quotes start at $500).

Custom consultations and jewelry viewing can be arranged by private appointment at Griffiths' Fifth Avenue studio. If you ask us, there's no finer way to browse for baubles.

303 Fifth Ave., Suite 1901; 212-689-7209 or

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