The Story Behind Ruth Mary Jewellery

Narcolepsy is a rare neurological condition that causes problems to the brain’s ability to regulate the sleep-wake cycle. According to Narcolepsy UK, it affects one in every 2,500 which means around 30,000 people in the United Kingdom.

Imagine living with a chronic illness that can affect every aspect of your life from driving a car to your education, career and emotional health but has no known cure at the moment. Unfortunately, for people like Ruth Mary living that way is reality every day.

She was studying Chemistry at the University of Warwick when she was diagnosed and after a short while she realised that her condition and her studies cannot go hand in hand. She was forced to take some time out and withdraw. Back then we knew even less of this rare illness.

“I remember being in an ambulance once after I collapsed and the paramedics had to go on Wikipedia to find out what narcolepsy was. If they would have scrolled a bit further down the page they would have realised that I was fully conscious and heard everything. […] When I got home from the hospital I went on Wikipedia to check if the information was correct, luckily it was pretty accurate.” she shared.

However, during this difficult period she decided to change her career – she taught herself to be a silversmith and created the first pieces in the Ruth Mary Jewellery collection. Each item starts with her handmade lace design which is then turned into beautiful sterling silver jewellery.

Between collaborating with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and being invited to Downing Street as one of the top 100 small businesses in the UK, she still makes time to create VIP experiences for her clients. On Sunday, 3 December 2017 Ruth and her husband Paul opened up their home studio for visitors to showcase her work and to offer a sneak peek of where the magic happens.

Ruth Mary’s story is a great example of how perseverance and hard work can turn someone’s creative vision into a successful reality. To browse through her handmade jewellery collection and read about the creation process visit her website.

Whether you are personally affected by narcolepsy, or just know someone who is, visit narcolepsy.org.uk to learn more and find help.

 

Kinga Fodor

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