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.
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 into the national spotlight.
In Chicago, Ms. Thompson is honored to have two necklaces featured 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, she was honored with an award by The Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyoming,
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.
“Good design has a broad sensual appeal. It is aesthetically balanced, interesting to touch, yet comfortable. It tells a story, starts a conversation, and enhances individual stry, starts a conversation, and enhances individual style.”