Ruby Read jewellery - earrings

Like any other teenager Ruby enjoys hanging out with her friends, fashion, social media and indulging in after-school hobbies. She also runs her own jewellery brand alongside studying for her GCSEs. Unlike her parents, Ruby hopes to go to college next year to study for her A Levels and continue her entrepreneurial path.

Tell us a bit more about yourself

I’m Ruby, 16 years-old. I’m currently at Shrewsbury High School and I want to go to Shrewsbury School Sixth Form College next to study A Levels in Art, Business, Maths and Design. Outside of school and Ruby Read Jewellery I like rowing, drama and socialising.


When did you start the brand and why?

I launched Ruby Read Jewellery at the start of this year. When I was younger I got my first babysitting job. This taught me the value of money. I liked the idea of making my own money and then spending it how I wanted to! I began by selling some old clothes on the online marketplace; Depop. I decided that it would be a great platform to sell other things and that’s when I started making my own jewellery. I was given a jewellery making kit for Christmas one year, so I guess it was just a natural fit for me to make my own designs.


How would you describe your style?

Casual, comfy, colourful and funky. I like a lot of sportswear and I never wear dresses. I’m not a girly girl, I prefer menswear really. I look to trends but I don't like to follow them as such. I make new season pieces work with my own personal style. My favourite brands are ASOS, Urban Outfitters and designers such as Ralph Lauren. You will mostly find me in jeans, trainers and a Ralph Lauren men’s jumper.


How much are you influenced by your parents?

A lot more than I realised! The influence has been passed down the generations. Our grandparents were antique dealers, so that gave my parents the inspiration to start their own business making clocks. My dad also used to design and make earrings years ago too, which gave me the idea to go down the jewellery route.


Where do you look to for inspiration? Any favourite Instagrammers / jewellery designers?

I like to keep an eye on the competition and look at what other designers are doing. My favourite jewellery brand is Tatty Devine, they handmake laser-cut statement jewellery. Their designs include giant lobster necklaces, dinosaur necklaces and cool personalised name necklaces. 

Ruby Read jewellery - neckalce

Ruby Read jewellery - shell necklace

What trends are you loving right now?

I don’t necessarily follow trends, but I do really like animal print this season. Especially leopard print.


How did you come up with the business name?

I wanted the brand to represent me. My designs are all things that I really like so I wanted the name to reflect that. So I decided on Ruby Read Jewellery.


What’s your favourite food & holiday destination?

I love Japanese and Thai food. Mostly because I love eating with chopsticks! I’ve been on holiday to China and Thailand and I fell in love with the cuisine in both places. I haven’t been to Japan yet but it’s next on my list! Thailand has to be my favourite holiday destination. I adore the food and the people are amazing too!


Any favourite quotes?

“Everything happens for a reason”


Best piece of advice you’ve been given?

From my dad – “make sure you have a wide range of products to sell.”


And finally, what is your ONE favourite Newgate watch and clock?

The Echo wall clock in grey and the Drumline watch with navy canvas strap.

 

Thanks for chatting to us Ruby. You definitely take after your parents! Watch this space for Ruby’s website launching soon.

Ruby Read jewellery - orange earrings

Ruby Read jewellery - shell bracelet