Meet the designer

What is your creative process? Walk us through each stage - from coming up with ideas/themes/concepts you want to explore, to translating that into an artistic vision, to creating the physical pieces and collections.

I always start with sketches which I then turn into 3-D models. Once the models are perfected, I make molds from which we hand fabricate the pieces, set the stones, and, lastly, polish the finished items. I believe that every piece of jewelry has the potential to create a story. It is part of a memory chain that can be transmitted from one person to another; it can be the gift that celebrates a monumental occasion, or it can make a statement about the wearer or the causes that she believes in.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from knowing that the pieces I create not only enhance the beauty of the person wearing them but have the potential to create wonderful stories that I can only imagine.

Who is the Sophie Ratner woman?

Someone who doesn't want to dress up for jewelry, who is always on the go and who wants pieces that don't weigh her down. She lives in her jewelry and never takes it off!

What is your daily jewelry uniform?

Because I am at a bench most of the day working with my hands, I don't wear rings. I love to layer necklaces and small hoops, since I have 3 piercings on each side. While I often change my look, two pieces I never take off are my Diamond Edge Lock and Diamond Thread Studs.

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What is the most sentimental piece of jewelry you own?

Before she passed away, my grandma gave me and my twin sister matching diamonds for when we get married.

What was the first piece of jewelry you splurged on?

In college, I really loved the jewelry of fellow RISD alum, Carla Caruso, so I saved up my money to buy some of her beautiful pieces.

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Sophie Ratner - Triology Studs (Yellow Gold)

Sophie Ratner

Triology Studs (Yellow Gold)

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Sophie Ratner - Triology Studs (Rose Gold)

Sophie Ratner

Triology Studs (Rose Gold)

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Sophie Ratner - Triology Studs (White Gold)

Sophie Ratner

Triology Studs (White Gold)

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Sophie Ratner - Three Diamond Bar Studs (Yellow Gold)

Sophie Ratner

Three Diamond Bar Studs (Yellow Gold)

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Sophie Ratner - Three Diamond Bar Studs (14k White Gold)

Sophie Ratner

Three Diamond Bar Studs (14k White Gold)

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Sophie Ratner - Large Five Diamond Drop Hoops

Sophie Ratner

Large Five Diamond Drop Hoops

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Sophie Ratner - Large Five Ruby Drop Hoops

Sophie Ratner

Large Five Ruby Drop Hoops

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Sophie Ratner - Five Diamond and Chain Earrings (Yellow Gold)

Sophie Ratner

Five Diamond and Chain Earrings (Yellow Gold)

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Sophie Ratner - Five Diamond and Chain Earrings (Rose Gold)

Sophie Ratner

Five Diamond and Chain Earrings (Rose Gold)

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Sophie Ratner - Pave Triple Circle Studs

Sophie Ratner

Pave Triple Circle Studs

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Sophie Ratner - Pendulum Studs

Sophie Ratner

Pendulum Studs

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Sophie Ratner - Diamond and Chain Hoops

Sophie Ratner

Diamond and Chain Hoops

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Sophie Ratner - Crescent Studs

Sophie Ratner

Crescent Studs

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Sophie Ratner - Diamond Thread Studs

Sophie Ratner

Diamond Thread Studs

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Sophie Ratner - Hooked Pave Studs with Sapphire

Sophie Ratner

Hooked Pave Studs with Sapphire

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Sophie Ratner - Diamond Ring Set - Size 6

Sophie Ratner

Diamond Ring Set - Size 6

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Sophie Ratner - Diamond Ring Set - Size 7

Sophie Ratner

Diamond Ring Set - Size 7

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Sophie Ratner - Diamond Ring Set - Size 8

Sophie Ratner

Diamond Ring Set - Size 8

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Sophie Ratner - Pave Hinge Ring - Size 6

Sophie Ratner

Pave Hinge Ring - Size 6

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Sophie Ratner - Pave Hinge Ring - Size 7

Sophie Ratner

Pave Hinge Ring - Size 7

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Sophie Ratner - Half Band Diamond Swell Ring - Size 6

Sophie Ratner

Half Band Diamond Swell Ring - Size 6

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Sophie Ratner - Half Band Diamond Swell Ring - Size 7

Sophie Ratner

Half Band Diamond Swell Ring - Size 7

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Sophie Ratner - Pave Apex Ring with Sapphire - Size 5.5

Sophie Ratner

Pave Apex Ring with Sapphire - Size 5.5

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Sophie Ratner - Pave Apex Ring with Sapphire - Size 6.5

Sophie Ratner

Pave Apex Ring with Sapphire - Size 6.5

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Sophie Ratner - Pave Open Ring - Size 6

Sophie Ratner

Pave Open Ring - Size 6

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Sophie Ratner - Embedded Orbit Ring - Size 6.5

Sophie Ratner

Embedded Orbit Ring - Size 6.5

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Sophie Ratner - Horizontal Diamond Line Tag Necklace

Sophie Ratner

Horizontal Diamond Line Tag Necklace

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Sophie Ratner - Crescent Pendant Necklace

Sophie Ratner

Crescent Pendant Necklace

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Sophie Ratner - Five Diamond and Chain Necklace

Sophie Ratner

Five Diamond and Chain Necklace

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Sophie Ratner - Asymmetrical Diamond Bar Necklace

Sophie Ratner

Asymmetrical Diamond Bar Necklace