June 13, 2018

Ruth Barzel Jewelry: An Introduction

Ruth Barzel Jewelry was born in 2005 out of two things: a desire to make cool stuff and a desire to have cool stuff. Both still motivate me, but a lot has changed since then.
February 20, 2019

The Black, White, Color Spring Mini-Collection

A Collection Something for Everyone Whether you’re looking for a splash of color or prefer the understated elegance of black and white, this special collection has […]
January 29, 2019

A Beautiful Mess

When I got the text from my friend Christen, I was both thrilled and touched. The message said, "when can I buy one of your new compass pendants? I need it to add to my mess"! Christen's "mess" is a beautiful, sometimes tangled collection of necklaces that she wears every day. In Christen's own words, "it was important to me to own one of your compass necklaces because it reminds me to ask the Universe for guidance and direction, to stop trying to rely on my own very limited ability control things."
January 24, 2019

The Compass Pendant Mini Collection

We can all use a little direction, and how much better when it comes in the form of a simple, delicate pendant that goes with everything?
October 3, 2018

Let’s Get Real

If you read my blog posts or newsletters or follow me on Instagram, you may be wondering where I've been lately. I haven't been posting or writing anything—no newsletters, no blog posts, no long Instagram captions. For some time I’ve been feeling negative about my jewelry. Not about the jewelry itself, but about promoting it. Especially about promoting it on Instagram.
July 25, 2018

For Love or Money

Recently I was listening to an episode of a podcast hosted by Kate Ahl, an entrepreneur I respect. Kate, a Pinterest expert who helps clients and others use Pinterest to gain exposure, was talking about how business owners should identify pins that are doing especially well on Pinterest and re-pin them repeatedly. She mentioned that some of her clients balk at this advice, objecting that it’s boring to pin the same thing over and over again. If that’s how you feel, she suggested, it might be time to ask yourself if you really want to be running a business, or if it would make more sense to do what you do as a hobby.
July 11, 2018

All of the Pearls

Even before I got serious about making jewelry, I loved pearls. Not so much the traditional strand of cultured pearls (although I like those, too), but pearls that are a little different. Back in my 20s, I bought a long silver necklace made with mother of pearl freeform nuggets (I didn't know what they were back then, but now I do) that I cherished and still remember fondly.
June 24, 2018

The Un-Sale Is Here!

Who doesn't love a good sale? I know I do. There's something so satisfying about that "score!" feeling of getting a great deal. But there's more to life than scoring deals. Especially with everything going on in the world right now, many of us are looking for a way to do something that means something. That's where my un-sale idea came from—the desire to do something to help.
June 6, 2018

It’s Not Too Late

When I launched my business, I was over 40. I had a 12-year-old, a 4-year-old, and a job. It seemed a bit late to be adding another major endeavor, especially one I knew nothing about. I wondered if I was being naive or even irresponsible to think it could work out. But I really wanted to do it, and something compelled my to try.