With his jewelry line, Digby & Iona, Aaron Ruff tips his hat to swashbuckling times of yore. The intricate details and engravings of his spring collection make it a throwback to another time and place.
Samples from it are scattered about Ruff's workshop: brass compasses, miniature spyglasses and gamblers' lockbox keys. He also has a collection of antique brooches and tassels from the American Civil War and British Victorian Royal Navy.
Ruff states, "I'm pretty infatuated with that time period, like right on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution-when the last bits of the world were being explored and there was still a little bit of mystery out there."
And I very much appreciate his sentiment of, "There was a beauty in craftsmanship before we had all of this technology. People spent so much more time making things."
Check out his full collection at digbyandiona.com
All images from digby & iona.