About Ruthie Murray

This collection was born on a rainy afternoon in a small gallery filled with ancient jewelry at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  In a case in the back of the room, I saw this:

With its clean lines and bold shape, it was a piece that could sit just as comfortably on display across town at MoMA - but it was 5,000-6,000 years old.  I was struck by the fact that, although this ring was crafted at the dawn of goldsmithing and with the simplest of tools, it was somehow completely sleek and modern, transcending trends and fashion for millennia.  I had a new goal and focus for my work: designing more essential forms like this one and using them to create jewelry designed to be worn for a lifetime.  

I've spent nearly twenty years designing and crafting fine jewelry, selling lines under my own name at museum stores, galleries, and Barney's Co-Op stores on both coasts. I've also designed for a number of national brands, including Iridesse, Tiffany and Co.'s collection of pearl boutiques.

I'm a native of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, and grew up making everything from pot holders to go-karts.  Eventually, I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Illustration, a career path I abandoned almost immediately in order to return to making things - furniture at first, then jewelry.  Now I live in Vermont and work in a studio I share with my illustrator husband and three canine assistants, near hiking trails and the general store.  It's the perfect place for me.

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