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.
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.
May 30, 2018
Black Lava Stone and Sandalwood Bracelet

The New Spring Mini Collection Is Here!

Like many of you, I get lots of e-mails from stores, designers, and brands. Sometimes I'm too busy to open them, sometimes they don't interest me, and sometimes they're downright annoying. Of those that remain, the word that's virtually guaranteed to get my attention is "new."
May 16, 2018

Collaboration or Competition?

My jewelry line was born out of a desire to make beautiful things. When I started out, selling what I made hadn't occurred to me. I was looking for a creative outlet, I found jewelry, I fell in love, it was perfect. The end. But, like every love story, over time things got more complicated.
August 29, 2017

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 […]
March 7, 2017

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 […]