Skye Anderton was born in Brisbane in 1979 and grew up the eldest of three children. From a young age, she was always creating things and looking to discover more about the world.
While studying an Arts/Business degree at QUT, Skye started tinkering with beaded jewellery and hand painted bags, selling her home-made products at local markets and to small boutiques. Despite her skills, Skye was told her passion for accessories was a hobby, which would never make her any real money!
To get some ‘real’ experience, Skye left Australia for London, accepting a position as an accessories buyer and product developer for a large high street retailer. As part of this role, she took responsibility for many millions of pounds worth of product.
After returning home in 2010, Skye relaunched her business, naming it Ruby Olive Jewellery and quickly growing to stock over 150 stores in the first two years. The business gained a reputation for creating purposeful products with stories and soul.
In 2014, Skye won the Telstra Young Business Person of the Year award for QLD. She was named one of QLD’s Best and Brightest, gave a TEDx talk on purposeful profit and raised $15,000 in 30 days for The Hunger Project, a charity very close to her heart. Since then, Skye is regularly featured and interviewed in the media. She is a sought-after speaker, giving presentations which focus on women in business and global women’s empowerment.
Today Skye lives in Brisbane with her husband and two young boys. She is a huge advocate for living positively, passionately, and living purposefully. The core mission for Ruby Olive is to support the community, put smiles on faces and to inspire people to live the boldest life they can.