Q&A: Ruth Tomlinson, Fine Jeweller

Internationally renowned fine jeweller Ruth Tomlinson works just along the corridor from us at Cockpit Arts.

Ruth Tomlinson
Ruth Tomlinson in her studio

We love looking at her beautiful collections. The rough cut pieces and settings are more organic than conventional jewellery, creating a sense of history and buried treasure. There is a lot to covet.

Ruth Tomlinson raw champagne diamond alternative engagement ring with grey diamonds
Ruth Tomlinson: Raw champagne diamond engagement ring with grey diamonds

Our team, being rather romantic creatures, all love seeing her sweet, expectant about-to-be-married clients waiting at the door as we pass the parcel with our courier.

Ruth Tomlinson: Sapphire and Diamonds Drops
Ruth Tomlinson: Sapphire and Diamonds Drops

We asked Ruth to tell us about life as a jeweller and what inspires her work…

Why do you do what you do?

I love my job and feel it is what I was destined to do. Making beautiful jewels for people to enjoy every day, often marking significant times in their lives, is a real privilege.

Ruth Tomlinson tourmaline and diamond ring as worn by Emily Blunt
Ruth Tomlinson: Tourmaline and Diamond ring
Ruth Tomlinson studio: Jewellery files
Ruth Tomlinson studio: Jewellery files




What gets you out of bed in the morning?

My motivation and the idea of getting into work and seeing what my day holds.

Ruth Tomlinson at her workbench
Ruth at her workbench
Ruth in her studio
Ruth examining a ring

What 3 things inspire your work?

Historical jewels, nature and generally my life experiences and findings.

Historical jewels
Treasure: Historical jewels


What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Be a jeweller!

Ruth Tomlinson studio: Bench detail
Ruth Tomlinson studio: Bench detail


Raw Champagne Diamond Pendant with Grey Diamonds
Ruth Tomlinson: Raw Champagne Diamond Pendant with Grey Diamonds

Which book would you rescue from a fire?

A handwritten book full of love and advice for life. It was a book given to me by my family before I set off on a year’s journey of independence and travel at the tender age of 19. It’s a book I always reflect upon when I need a bit of home comfort. I still love it as much today.

Like William Morris, we believe that you should ‘”Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” What every day object can you not live without?

My bicycle. In London, it’s the only way I can navigate the big city. I like the independence it brings. I love the cycle ride along the canal on my way to work.

Ruth Tomlinson- Canal bike ride
Regent’s Canal, London


If you were a Thornback & Peel animal, what would you be and why?

A rabbit. I love rabbits and would live wild in a cosy warren on the edge of a field.

Thornback & Peel Rabbit


What piece of music would you pass on to the next generation?

Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan.

Vashti Bunyan: Just Another Diamond Day

What would you say to your younger self?

Life will unfold in front of you, so don’t worry about what will be, just enjoy the journey.

Which is your favourite Thornback & Peel design or product and why?

I love the hand printed cards as there is something for everyone and every occasion. I always have a stash in the studio!

Thornback & Peel Agave Card
Thornback & Peel: Hand printed Agave Card

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