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.
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.
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.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My motivation and the idea of getting into work and seeing what my day holds.
What 3 things inspire your work?
Historical jewels, nature and generally my life experiences and findings.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Be a jeweller!
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.
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.
What piece of music would you pass on to the next generation?
Just Another Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan.
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!