small business

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.
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 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.