About Us

inspired by the world, handcrafted in nashville, tn

Designer Lindsay Farrer created Simon & Ruby out of a story of loss and yearning, that of her great-grandmother Ruby, who lost her first love Simon to the distance, and eventually the casualty, of war. Ruby's longing for Simon was vast but delicate, one born of the understanding that part of her heart would always live somewhere else. That nostalgia, the need to return to the people and places of our past, was familiar to Lindsay. It often washed over her like homesickness, a yearning not for an address she left behind, but for the experiences of her travels.

The Simon & Ruby line of fashion jewelry is inspired by wanderlust and the sweet agony of missing a place. Lindsay designs her handmade jewelry for globetrotters and those with an unshakable sense of wanderlust, for the free spirits and the wanderers who know that exquisite aching all too well. She creates unique jewelry, objects of beauty that are more than tokens of travels for the wanderesses who wear them. They are wistful reminders that our hearts can live in many places, sometimes all at once.


MEET OUR TEAM

 

LINDSAY FARRER – owner/lead designer

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- If you had to pick a mission statement for your life, what would it be? 

To be someone who sees the beauty in the world and shares it with others. Also, to give more than I take.

- Describe yourself in 5 words

Curious, Intuitive, Determined, Direct, Creative

- If you could run away to another place or time - where would you go?

Can I go everywhere? As of this exact moment, I'd say Fano, Denmark. I recently read a series of books set in Fano & now I'm dying to spend some time there. Plus, who doesn't want to go to Denmark? Weren't they voted Happiest Country at one point?

- Most memorable trip? What was so special about it? Did you learn anything cool about yourself? 

Initially, I would have thought that it was my trip to Ireland. It was incredible & one day I plan to move there. But if I'm honest with myself, it was a few years ago when I went to Cambodia to work with Abolition International/Transitions Global (Now known as Hope for Justice.) I still have a hard time putting into words what I learned during those 3 weeks. I felt heartbreak and joy and admiration and a whole slew of other emotions. One thing I can say is that I was most impressed by the resilience & openness of the people I met. It taught me you can overcome anything thrown your way. You just have to get back up after the fall.

- Patronus?

Hummingbird. They're bold, tiny jewel covered kamikazis. Fearlessly, they choose to build their nests in the same trees where hawks nest, confident that they can evade capture by their flying prowess & knowing that lesser predators will not risk living so close to nesting hawks. They are tiny and courageous.

- Favorite gemstone? 

This week... Moonstone & Labradorite. You don't notice the flash of blue (labradorescence) until you look at it just right. I love stones that have a secret, a bit of mystery and intrigue.

- One thing we don’t know about you?

When I was little, I used to write & mail anonymous encouraging letters to people I found in the white pages of the phonebook. I used to imagine their faces when they opened up the letters - both slightly confused & comforted knowing someone out there was thinking about them.

*Want to hear more from Lindsay? Here's a letter from the artist.


CHELSEA ROCHELLE – photographer/studio assistant

- If you had to pick a mission statement for your life, what would it be? 

Chase your dreams even if it terrifies you.

- Describe yourself in 5 words

Inspired, Light-hearted, Witty, Expressive, Effervescent

- If you could run away to another place or time - where would you go?

I would most likely run away to Italy. You can find me sipping wine & eating ALL the pasta somewhere along the coast.

- Most memorable trip? What was so special about it? Did you learn anything cool about yourself? 

Definitely when my husband & I eloped. It was a beautiful trip to the Washington Coast to marry the man of my dreams, but I was also overcoming travel anxiety & learning to love wanderlust.

- Patronus?

My corgi, Hazel. She's curvy and full of sass. A little like me.

- Favorite gemstone? 

Labradorite

- One thing we don’t know about you?

I secretly LOVE to sing.

Interested in seeing more of Chelsea's work? Check out her website.


LAURA FENWICK – travel photographer/writer

- If you had to pick a mission statement for your life, what would it be? 

Probably: ask for what you want.  I implement that one all the time, but I’m bad at mission statements. I'm too close to it, I think. Maybe: if you don't feel like dancing in the kitchen, you should probably take a quick inventory of your life. 

- Describe yourself in 5 words

Creative, Impatient, Thoughtful, Driven, Optimistic

- If you could run away to another place or time - where would you go? 

I would either go to the 1920s or to the future. Specifically, I would really like to meet my great-grandparents when they were young, and to meet my (hypothetically-totally nonexistent-not at all planned) grandkids when they're a little older. There's something so cool about ancestral lines, especially when they're one or two generations removed. The chance to be the same age as them for a day or two would be incredible. 

- Most memorable trip? What was so special about it? Did you learn anything cool about yourself? 

Kitesurfing in Mexico was a game changer for me. I know that's a cliché, but it's true. It was the first time in my adult professional life I stepped back into the role of student --one with no understanding or comparable experience to draw on (which of itself was an adventure through parts of myself typically unseen) -- and learned, and photographed, a sport in which yielding the need for control is paramount. Kiting has such a connected international community, so it was an incredible opportunity to meet and travel with so many new people. That, too, then opened a lot of opportunity to me professionally, and helped direct my career into what it is today. Plus. Mexico. So much of it is good and pure and made of magic. 

- Patronus?

Horse. I have a reverence for freedom, awareness, and for my loved ones. I don't do very well with constrictions or limitations. I think power should move towards purpose, that travel is within us, and that the most perceptible strength is in the ability to be gentle.  Plus, we have the same hair: long, wavy, always in our eyes. That has to count for something. 

- Favorite gemstone? 

Generally, the ones I find. I keep finding rose quartz and citrine and aquamarine lately.

- One thing we don’t know about you?

If I love a song, I’ll play it on repeat until it’s dead. It’s the worst part of me. (Well, okay, that’s debatable, but.) I put Spotify on private sessions routinely because I’m looping songs and don’t want anyone to see how obnoxious that is.  

Interested in seeing more of Laura's work? Check out her website.

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