Founder of Ruth Mary Jewellery, Ruth Chipperfield will talk to soprano singer and presenter Katherine Jenkins on BBC’s Songs of Praise this Sunday (September 8).
In the episode, titled Heavenly Designs, the show is filmed inside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral 350 years after architect, Sir Christopher Wren, began work on the church.
In the show, Ruth Mary Chipperfield talks to Katherine Jenkins about one commission, which was designed to incorporate a St Christopher charm, which her customer’s father carried with him during his 34 years serving in the Royal Air Force.
The design was created in Chipperfield’s signature lace style, where she hand stitches each design in silk thread first, before casting the lace in gold, silver or platinum, adding precious and semi-precious gemstones.
Since winning Kickstart 2018, Ruth Chipperfield has seen a 12-fold increase in fine jewellery commissions and a three-fold increase in commissions overall.
Commenting on her jewellery process, Ruth Mary Chipperfield, designer and founder of Ruth Mary Jewellery, said: “I see jewellery as a form of sculpture, and so I’m inspired by intricate three-dimensional designs like the stunning details beneath the dome at St Paul’s Cathedral.”
Christopher Wren was a scientist before he turned to architecture, something echoed in the designer’s own story.
“Growing up, art and science were always completely separate”, she explained. Chipperfield originally studied a degree in Chemistry at Warwick University.
It was only when Chipperfield was diagnosed with Narcolepsy, forcing her to withdraw from her degree, that she rediscovered her passion for three dimensional design and Ruth Mary Jewellery was founded.
The episode will air on BBC One at 1.45pm on Sunday, 8 September.