Meet the designer

Silversmith Ruth Mary

Background

Ruth’s route into the jewellery industry was no ordinary one. She trained initially as a chemist, when serious illness prompted a change in direction. Since childhood, Ruth had always had a passion for jewellery design - and a chance encounter at an antique fair with a curious lace making implement, combined with an idea to cast lace in sterling silver, set her on the road to producing her beguiling pieces. Every one is made entirely of precious metal, yet looks just like Ruth’s hand stitched original design.

Silver and gold vermeil lace jewelleryLace, allow me to introduce you to metal

Not simply an expert silversmith, Ruth is also a talented lace maker. She lovingly hand stitches her design concepts in humble thread, which are later recreated in solid precious metal. Perhaps it is the fact that Ruth is self-taught which makes her defy convention through the works she produces. Whatever the reason, this combination of lace and sculptural jewellery has proved to be a very alluring one.

Designed and hand made at the bench

In time honoured, cottage industry tradition, Ruth is proud to work from her home-based studio, where every piece that leaves the premises is produced at her jeweller’s bench. It’s a refreshing change to the mass-produced wares found on the High Street. 

Ruth Mary Jewellery at Number 10 Downing StreetFollow Ruth’s journey

Even at this early stage in her journey, Ruth’s work has won significant recognition. In 2017, she had the privilege to be selected by The Guardian for its top 100 Small Businesses feature - which culminated in a celebratory event at Number 10 Downing Street at the end of 2017.

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One jeweller, many links in the chain

In this linked-up world, today’s artisan should be a connected one. Ruth therefore enjoys being part of many business networking groups meeting throughout the West Midlands.

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Ruth Mary, member of Ladies First Professional, NetworkRuth Mary, member of The Athena Network