Five minutes with Fella;
We were lucky enough to sit down with Australian Pearl royalty, Ruby Autore. With eight years industry experience, Ruby saw a gap in the South Sea Pearl market, with a demand for chic, ready-to-wear jewellery. Last year, Ruby founded AUTORE MODA - South Sea Pearl jewellery incorporating diamonds & sapphires, with a focus on accessible luxury, quality materials and a modern design aesthetic.
Learn a little more about Ruby in this week’s FMWF below...
WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHERE ARE YOU BASED?
WHAT DOES THE NOTION OF 'HOME' MEAN TO YOU?
Home to me is wherever the ones I love most are.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO SWIM?
When I am at home, off the rocks at McKenzie’s Bay. I also love swimming in crystal clear, deep waters at Da Luigi in Capri. I spent many family holidays there throughout my childhood, as my father is from Naples, so I have many happy memories there.
IF YOU COULD TRAVEL ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?
Anywhere hot! In particular, I would love to go to back to Formentera, for lunch and a swim at Juan Y Andrea.
TO ME, SUMMER FEELS LIKE...
Days spent at the beach, long lunches with friends & family, and afternoon naps.
We have all been spending more time at home than ever. Have you perfected any recipes of late, and if so, would you please share your favourite with us?
Italian comfort food - Pizzette Montanare, Spaghetti Zucchini & Graffe (Doughnuts). Delicious, but recommended in moderation!
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF WORKING IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Working in the jewellery industry was a natural progression for me. Growing up, I would often go into the office with my parents, fascinated by the tens of thousands of pearls on display. I was captivated by the beauty of the South Sea pearl from a young age as it is such a unique gem. Every single pearl is different, with each individual characteristic giving it its allure. It takes two years to grow a pearl, and the final product is ultimately up to nature.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
I am often inspired by the things around me, or things that I am doing. Different experiences bring different sources of inspiration. I love to surround myself with inspiring and driven people, bouncing ideas off them. I also find that sometimes inspiration comes to me whilst doing the average day-to-day activity.
CURRENT BOOK, PLAYLIST OR PODCAST?
Podcast - The Dropout, The story of Elizabeth Holmes & Theranos. Book - The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett.
FAVOURITE LOCAL SPOT?
The Depot for breakfast & Una Mas for dinner.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Always show empathy towards others in all aspects of your life.
YOUR FAVOURITE MALE NAME FOR FUTURE FELLA STYLE NAME INSPIRATION.
Billy. For bottoms. The Billy Bottoms.