Throughout her youth, Jennifer Rutheny was fascinated with nature, and studied flowers, insects, plants and animals which she would create tiny drawings of. At the age of sixteen, she started an apprenticeship with a Stamford jeweler, Jose' Grant. Jennifer studied at Scuola Lorenzo De' Medici in Florence Italy. She worked as a jewelry designer for companies such as Estee' Lauder, Anne Klein, David Yurman, National Geographic, Lindblad Expeditions and others. In 2005, Jennifer opened her retail store, Rutheny Jewelry. Its location, at 80 Brook Street in Croton-on-Hudson, NY is off the beaten path. It's growth relies solely on word of mouth. In April 2017, Jennifer opened her second location on Main St. in Tarrytown, NY.
Jennifer hikes daily along the river or in the woods with her "celebrity" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IGWP4B7cftY dog, Theo. While hiking, she gathers inspiration for her work. A beach rock may become a ring or pendant set in sterling, bronze or gold. A leaf or a native wild flower may give impetus to a new miniature sculpture or pair of earrings.
Jennifer’s specialties are sculpting and stone setting. She is currently studying the art of pliquè a jour and cloisonné enameling.