handcrafted with integrity
Sophie grew up on the Maine coast, and had her first taste of jewelry making in an apprenticeship program in high school. She was immediately hooked, finding that using her hands to fabricate and build something deeply resonated with her. She went on to earn a BFA in Metalsmithing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design before launching her eponymous jewelry line in 2010, shortly after graduating.
Sophie opened up shop in Boston's South End in 2013, with her retail store Ore. Ore’s relaxed, boutique vibe reflects Sophie’s view of handmade fine jewelry as a very special, but decidedly unfussy part of everyday wear. Ore features independent designer-makers who prioritize sustainability. Created for sophisticated, fearless wearers, every piece of jewelry in Ore has been thoughtfully designed and handmade in limited quantities.
Each piece of Sophie Hughes jewelry is handmade in her studio lofted above Ore. Using timeworn hammers, anvils, hand tools, and torches, environmentally and socially responsible jewelry is crafted with the highest quality recycled gold and silver. Sophie favors antique Old Mine Cur and Old European diamonds (hand-cut centuries ago and reclaimed today from discarded heirlooms), for ethics and aesthetics both - values that ring true across all her work.
Sophie Hughes is a proud member of Ethical Metalsmiths and
of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Corporate Advisory Council.