Adventures + Stories

orange sunset sky overlooking the Badlands
11 November 2021

American West Tour 2021 TRAVELOGUE

I love September in the Northern Rocky Mountains.  Every year I point my car West and head to Wyoming and Montana.

a ruby and a red spinel gemstone positioned side by side
11 October 2021

Ruby and Red Spinel: A Story About Sparkling Differently

Rubies and red spinel are some of the most scrumptious reds in the jewelry box. You may think they are the same (they can look really similar), but they're not. They have different properties that make them unique.

display or rings
05 October 2021

The Fierce and the Feminine

This article was originally published in "Explore Big Sky," on April 13, 2017.

Ellie Thompson's design table inside of her store
04 October 2021

INSTORE Magazine's Cool Store Winner!

This article was originally published in "INSTORE Magazine," on August 31, 2021.

a collection of colorful red, pink, orange, yellow, green, and purple garnets
17 September 2021

Garnet: The Classic Stone Enjoying a Colorful Renaissance

Since the Bronze Age, garnets have adorned the wealthy, from the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs to the markets of Rome to the streets of Victorian London.

Green and Blue Bi-Color pear shape Tourmaline
07 September 2021

Tourmaline: A Rainbow of Brilliance

Many readers may be familiar with tourmaline from hair dryer ads that talk about “negative ionization” and “infra-red heat.”

pair of round blue sapphire gemsontes
01 September 2021

Sapphire: The Royal Gemstone

A favorite of generations of British monarchs and beloved by Queen Elizabeth II, no other gemstone is as synonymous with royalty as the sapphire.

Group of pearls
30 August 2021

Pearl Wisdom

Pearls. Idealized as perfectly round white orbs shimmering with a faint pink light, or black ones glistening with iridescent purple.

set of green peridot gemstone earrings resting on a pear
23 August 2021

Planet Peridot

Peridot has been found on Earth for millions of years, making it one of the oldest known minerals.

Colorful gemstone ring
07 June 2021

Celebrate LOVE all Pride Month long

Ellie Thompson + Co. celebrates LOVE all Pride Month long with special pricing on custom, made-to-order, engagement rings, and wedding bands for men and women. Enjoy the experience of expressing your love in a unique way with specially crafted rings. 

Loose round brilliant cut diamond
26 April 2021

Lab-Grown Diamonds

After opening my new shop in Chicago’s Roscoe Village in the fall of 2019, I have received many requests and lots of enthusiasm for lab-grown diamonds, especially for engagement rings and stud style earrings.

Photo of Montana wilderness in winter, with mountains in background and snow in foreground
22 February 2021


It is well known in Montana that wood will keep you warm twice, once when you cut and stack it and again when you burn it. 

Open Heart Pendant
01 February 2021

Language of Love

In my early 20s, when I first started out in the jewelry industry, I joined the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Flower Gemstone Earrings
31 January 2021

Designing the First Piece, PART V

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, PART V And then the pandemic struck….

Winter in Chicago at the beach
29 January 2021

January Projects

I love winter in Chicago.

Gold Ginkgo Earrings
18 January 2021

The Gold Ginkgo Leaves from New Haven: What My Mother’s Gift Taught Me

I think often about the sentiment we attach to the jewelry we wear.

Images of beach glass pieces held in a hand at the beach
20 September 2020

Beach Glass: Picking Up the Pieces

I am lucky to live on one of Chicago's most beautiful beaches. It sits quietly just north of the hustle and bustle of the Lakefront Trail. It is a hidden gem.

Collection of Diamond Rings
15 February 2020

Finding Inspiration: The Custom Jewelry Design Process

I am often asked how I come up with my ideas. 

A CAD Design Drawing for a Pair of Flower Earrings
15 February 2020

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, PART IV

So now, I am feeling the urgency to get The First Piece to Done!!!

Jewelry Designer Sketchbook
05 February 2020

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part III

After I decided to feature the beautiful oval spessartite garnet in the First Piece, I moved on to procuring gemstones for the first three pairs of earrings.

Sketches of a Flower Design Jewelry Collection
20 January 2020

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part II

The "First Piece" is to be a large pendant, with a floral design in an architectural style made in 18K yellow gold, inlaid American walnut, with a spessartite garnet center, rubellite tourmalines radiating out to the perimeter, and a drop component comprised of peridot and diamonds.

New Flower Design Collection Sketches
12 January 2020

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part I

Creating a new collection is not something I do on a timeline.

Pearl Jewelry
26 December 2018


Pearls are a symbol of love, success, and happiness, and are used as an emblem of chastity and purity. Pearls are thought to give wisdom, to quicken karma, and cement engagements and relationships.

Peridot Gemstone Jewelry
26 December 2018


When I was growing up, my friends who were born in August always lamented their birthstone, Peridot, and for good reason.

26 December 2018


While it is most commonly associated with Native American craftsmen working in sterling silver, I love the turquoise set in 18K gold. 
Blue Sapphire Ring
23 December 2018

Blue Sapphire

While Sapphires are available in a wide range of colors from yellow to pink, green to purple, violet to orange, the Blue Sapphire is the most popular. I am often called upon to design engagement rings using a blue sapphire instead of a diamond as the centerpiece. 

Rubellite Tourmaline Earrings
21 December 2018

Rubellite Tourmaline

Garnet Earrings
20 December 2018


These earrings are set with trillion cut Rhodolite Garnets and Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold

Blue Zircon Gemstone
19 December 2018

Blue Zircon

Blue Zircon has a lively, natural light to medium slightly greenish-blue color with brilliance that rivals a diamond. I love designing with blue zircon, look for blue zircons in my upcoming collections!

Photo of Chicago Beach in the Winter
17 December 2017

Everyday Adventures: Chicago in Winter, the Coastline Landscape

I find myself returning east to Chicago by mid-October. I would hate to miss a Chicago winter! 


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