Adornment is an important part of our lives, it is unique to the human race, and universal among all people. We use jewelry to express who we are. What we chose to wear can denote our intellect, creativity, and power to those around us. It also serves to communicate ideas of cultural importance such as our marital status, membership in a club, company or other group as well as our social or political standing.
Jewelry is art. Art that is at once the expression of the artist and the person who wears it. And because we wear these objects on our bodies, our jewelry is full of personal intent.
Rarely, is it “about” the jewelry. It is the meaning behind our jewelry that is important. The antique locket you never take off? A gift from your favorite aunt. The filigree platinum and diamond ring you wear on your right hand? It was your grandmother’s. The aquamarine and diamond earrings? You bought them when you earned your last promotion. The diamond eternity band on your left hand? Your wedding band that you had custom made to fit perfectly with your engagement ring, that your perfect partner (husband) had custom made for the (his) special proposal.
And what about that multicolor sapphire ring that made you smile when you first saw it, and brings you such joy every time you wear it? Joy, that’s enough, too.
I am very fortunate to be a jewelry designer.
It gives me the opportunity to play a small role in the celebrations of life. It is a role I take seriously. From the design concept, to the selection of precious metals and gemstones, to the exceptional craftsmanship that brings the idea to life, I think about the details. These details make the jewelry special now, and with an eye towards the future, I strive to create a certain timelessness that will assure enjoyment for decades to come.
Urban + Wilderness
An enthusiastic traveler, with an adventurous spirit, Ellie Thompson is influenced by worlds both natural and modern. Her diverse styles express both the linear, geometric world of her urban experience, while other collections highlight her love of nature. An avid mountain biker, skier, and adventurer she calls both Chicago and Montana home.
Awards + Accolades
Ellie Thompson has won numerous awards for her innovative use of precious colored gemstones and metals. She has earned the prestigious Spectrum Award three times and the American Vision Award twice as well as accolades from World Gold Council and Platinum Guild International. In 2000, she was awarded First Prize in the American Jewelry Design Council's New Talent Competition, an award that launched her career into the national spotlight.
Experience + Passion
A graduate gemologist with many years of experience in the trade, Ms. Thompson's extensive background not only in design and manufacturing but also in appraisal, jewelry history and auction consulting has given her a sophisticated understanding of what produces enduring value over time. She is much sought after for custom commissions creating unique pieces that speak to an individuals own taste and style.
In Chicago, Ms. Thompson is honored to have two necklaces featured in permanent exhibit in the Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum. Out west, her buckles have twice been honored in the C.M. Russell Museum Exhibit and Auction in Great Falls, Montana. In 2015 and 2017, she was honored with an award by The Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyoming,