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DIAMOND DOGS

Jeweller Aaron Ruff with Nuki and Finn: on precious metals and crazy pups.

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DIAMOND DOGS

Aaron Ruff’s studio sits on the second floor of a converted industrial building in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Built in  the 1800s, the space was used as a working factory right  up until 1990. After a period of abandonment, it’s now  re-established as an art centre, gallery space, and artist community named The Invisible Dog. In keeping with  the history of the building, Ruff’s studio (for his now 10-year-old jewellery line, Digby & Iona) is filled with antique curiosities collected over the years. His own work  is also imbued with historical references, and his most recent focus lies in heirloom pieces. From smoky olive diamonds  to medieval cuts in recycled gold, Ruff’s custom pieces are untraditional yet filled with rich and sometimes ancient symbolism. We caught up with the designer to talk about working with salt-and-pepper diamonds while sharing  a studio space with pup Finn and the more docile Nuki.


You can read the complete interview in Four&Sons, Issue Four.
To buy a copy, click here

Photography by Kimberly M. Wang

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