An homage to my childhood, the Ruthie B. collection is comprised of gritty, nautical-inspired pieces.
Photograph by Sadie Dayton
This collection is named for my father's fishing vessel, which was named after my mother. My six siblings and I grew up humbly on Nantucket, amidst the opulence of those who summered on the island. That duality of the islanders modest livings and the tourists’ affluence has stayed with me even after moving away.
As a kid working in local jewelry stores, I was always confused by the lack of representation of the Atlantic ocean.These shiny, fake shells were shipped up from the Caribbean and represented in jewelry throughout downtown shops, yet the native perspective was missing. Because this particular nautical aesthetic was so established, I was met with a lot of resistance when I first started talking about this collection. Even so, I was so sure of my take on this it was like the collection was my first language - a love to letter to home and nostalgia.
Ruthie B. is a true homage to the oceans on both coasts; often incorporating baroque freshwater pearls, Kingman turquoise and striking metals such as bright and oxidized silver, 10k and 14k gold. Ruthie B. celebrates the organic grit and natural peculiarity of the ocean.