Ellie Thompson

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Ellie Thompson’s diverse styles incorporate both the linear, geometric world of her urban experience and her love of nature. An avid mountain biker, and skier, she calls both Chicago and Montana home.

Thompson has work featured in the permanent collection in the Grainger Hall of Gems at The Field Museum in Chicago. Her Double Bison sterling silver belt buckle was featured in the 2016 C.M. Russell Museum Exhibit and Auction in Great Falls, Montana. In 2015, her Wild Roses sterling silver belt buckle won an award at The Western Design Conference in Jackson, Wyoming.

Thompson has won numerous awards for her innovative use of rare colored gemstones and precious 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.

Her work is available through selected galleries and stores across the country including Creighton Block in Big Sky, Montana, Atomic 79 in Dillon, Montana, Goodie 2 Shoes in Jackson, Wyoming, Eat Gallery in Maysville, Kentucky, and by appointment in her Chicago and Montana studios.

Ellie Thompson, a native of New England, earned her degree as a graduate gemologist from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA). She later studied Valuation Science with the American Society of Appraisers with a concentration in jewelry, earning the Master Gemologist Appraiser designation. She founded The Chicago Gem Lab, Inc., an independent gemological testing laboratory and fine jewelry appraisal firm. The firm quickly grew to be the largest independent jewelry appraisal company in the Midwest, serving consumers and trade, as well as trust and estate professionals and government agencies. Ms. Thompson worked as a consultant to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as the Jewelry Specialist and department appraiser presenting four fine jewelry auctions annually. Her other consultancies include auction houses Sotheby’s and Butterfields.