Sophie Ratner Jewelry was launched in 2016 with a simple idea: that fine jewelry is meant to be worn every day and in every setting. Few experiences compare with the heightened feeling of exquisite, handcrafted jewelry against the skin.
Sophie Ratner has dedicated herself to the craft of metalsmithing, a commitment keenly reflected in each of her pieces. Her jewelry is made by hand in her NYC studio using the finest quality materials, including ethically sourced fourteen karat gold and conflict-free diamonds.
T H E T E A M
Sophie was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, initially majoring in painting. Unsatisfied by an art form admired only at a distance, she longed for a medium that was both tangible and intensely personal. She switched to Jewelry design, attracted by the high levels of craftmanship required and the essential connection it creates between art and the human form. At its best, jewelry not only enhances the way individuals look, but changes the way they feel about themselves.
Sophie’s vision after graduation was to open her own business and create beautiful airy designs entirely comfortable for everyday living. Sophie's jewelry is meant to be worn, not sit in a dusty box. And this is the essence of her creative process: she makes her pieces with her customer in mind – what she needs, wants, and what will best suit her lifestyle.
Hannah was born and raised in Los Angeles. She lived in London for many years and recently returned stateside, settling in New York City. Sophie and Hannah first met when they were 16 at a summer course at the Rhode Island School of Design. Over the summer of 2017, they happened to be seated next to each other at a wedding which is where the beginning idea of the partnership began.
Hannah runs the daily management and business development of the brand. She has a strong background in design and entrepreneurship, having received a BA in Textile Design at Central Saint Martins, followed by an MA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at London College of Fashion, where she concentrated in strategic development for emerging fashion and jewelry brands. Hannah has been involved in the fashion industry for over 10 years and has worked on both the design and business sides of the industry.