Forensic Jewellery ID: Ruth Watson

Ruth Watson worked as part of a team in collaboration with the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee to create a Forensic Jewellery Classification System. The research looks at how identification of victims in international disasters could be assisted by the jewellery they were wearing.

By comparing descriptors of ante-mortem and post-mortem jewellery the search field can be narrowed down. The result of faster identifications brings closure to the families of those involved. Subsequently, Ruth investigated whether jewellery itself holds information which could narrow down fields of investigation. Her research followed on to creating the plans for an International Jewellery Referencing system.

Ruth would like to acknowledge the support and guidance received from Dr Jan Bikker and Professor Sue Black from CAHID, Alan Puxley from Kenyon International, Valuer and Gemologist Adrian Smith and all of the International contacts who helped bring life and meaning to the research.

Ruth is originally from Cumnock, Ayrshire and has an honours degree in Jewellery and Metalwork from DJCAD, University of Dundee.

In the future, Ruth intends on pursuing a career in Design, becoming a published writer and a volunteer Team Member at Kenyon International Emergency Services.



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