A LOCAL mother and daughter who started making jewellery as a hobby have become darlings of the industry.
The work of Marion Patterson (54), of Wishaw, and Emily McIntyre (29), from Bellshill, has graced the pages of top fashion magazines such as Glamour and Vogue - and celebrities can’t get enough of their designs.
The pair started making bits and pieces at home after Marion was diagnosed with rare neurological condition dystonia in 2006, which can cause contorted limbs, a twisted neck and spasms of the jaw and tongue.
The new hobby soon gave Marion a fresh focus and boosted her confidence.
Emily explained: “My mum didn’t have a lot of confidence in what she was doing so I set up a Facebook page showing her work. That got people interested and the business really grew from there.
“I can see myself how this has given my mum something to focus on. My mum was a bubbly person, she always wanted to do stuff and when she was diagnosed, that was all taken away from her.”
The collection - a timeless and simplistic mix of Swarovski and sparkle - was soon being admired worldwide.
Orders began flooding in from around the globe, including from celebrities such as actress Sarah Jayne Dunn, models Elen Rivas and Nancy Sorrell and newsreaders Sian Welby and Holly Hamilton.
Emily added: “It has been pretty overwhelming. Seeing famous people tweeting pictures of them wearing our jewellery is very exciting!”
To celebrate the success of Ruby and Rose Jewellery, the Times & Speaker has teamed up with the designers to give away a special prize pack to one lucky reader.
For entry details see September 12 edition of Times & Speaker.