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The Inspiration Behind My New Collection


For my new jewelry collection, I was inspired by the subtle sense of luxury that fall brings, with its cool temperatures, luscious fabrics, and rich colors. I wanted to create pieces that were special but could be worn every day—things you'd feel just as gorgeous in at parties, at work, and at casual weekend events. And of course I made sure to include items that both you and your wal...

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Editorial: Spring/Summer 2017 Collection


  I don't really plan my collections. The process is not scientific, well-researched, or even thoughtful. Although I like to think my jewelry is stylish, while I'm working on new pieces, I don't try to figure out what will be trending 6 months from now, when the collection launches. At our recent photo shoot, my model asked me if the choker trend was going to ...

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Fuel My Imagination—Meredith


  People often ask me where I get my inspiration. Since I'm so often inspired by other women, I started the "Fuel My Imagination" series to share a little bit about women who inspire me and how each one wears my jewelry in her own way. Who: My friend Meredith Wadman. We met on an airplane headed from Seattle to Washington DC more than 18 years ago, got to chatt...

Ruth Barzel Behind the Scenes Video Snapshot

Behind the Scenes


This fall I did something that's been on my to-do list for a long time—shot a video about my business. I'd been looking for a way to share more with my customers about how I ended up where I am today, my work environment, my inspiration, and my process, and I finally made it happen. I learned a ton from the experience—most notably, that creating a video is a lot of work! There was...

Fuel My Imagination—Michelle


People often ask me where I get my inspiration. Since I'm so often inspired by other women, I started the "Fuel My Imagination" series to share a little bit about women who inspire me and how each one wears my jewelry in her own way. Who: Michelle Hayes, owner of Sweet Lime Portrait Design. I first wandered into this photography studio soon after it opened in a neighborhoo...

Fuel My Imagination—Maia


People often ask me where I get my inspiration. Since I'm so often inspired by other women, I started the "Fuel My Imagination" series to share a little bit about women who inspire me and how each one wears my jewelry in her own way. Who: My daughter Maia. In spite of her aversion to being photographed, she let me take pictures of her in her ador...

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Fuel My Imagination—Christen


People often ask me where I get my inspiration. Since I'm so often inspired by other women, I started the "Fuel My Imagination" series to share a little bit about women who inspire me and how each one wears my jewelry in her own way. Who: My friend Christen, manager of my favorite local shoe store The Shoe Hive, half of the soon-to-lauch mother-daughter duo li...

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Fuel My Imagination—Marianne


People often ask me where I get my inspiration. Since I'm so often inspired by other women, I started the "Fuel My Imagination" series to share a little bit about women who inspire me and how each one wears my jewelry in her own way. Who: Marianne, my next-door neighbor and an incredible mother to her four kids, ages 3–10. If Marianne were different, ...

Fuel My Imagination—Dina


People often ask me where I get my inspiration. Since I'm so often inspired by other women, I started the "Fuel My Imagination" series to share a little bit about women who inspire me and how each one wears my jewelry in her own way. Who: Dina Barzel, otherwise known as "Mommy." (Yes, I admit that I still call her that.) It's impossible to succinctly write about how she's in...

Editorial: The Spring/Summer 2016 Collection


The spring/summer 2016 collection was a long time in the making. It took me a while to figure out the direction I wanted to go with it, and there were lots of false starts and abandoned designs. But once it came into focus, I got really excited. The collection includes many different types of pieces, but there is a common thread of elegance and simplicity that holds it all to...

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