Adorning the fierce and the feminine
By Sarah Gianelli EBS Associate Editor
BIG SKY – When designer Ellie Thompson isn’t in Chicago directing her team of skilled jewelry fabricators or touring the trails and galleries of the West on her mountain bike, she jokes that she is the artist-in-residence at Elkhorn Hot Springs.
Thompson spends about half of the year at the rustic Polaris, Montana resort, having fallen head-over-heels for the region when a reignited love affair with biking and skiing sent her careening through the woods of the West.
The look and feel of Thompson’s high-end accessories encompass a range as dichotomous as the artist herself.
Her many collections of fine jewelry—necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings—include industrial, mathematically-inspired pieces encrusted with diamonds; poppy bright gemstones in rose gold; floral motifs and even an edgy series coated in black bike enamel. Her nature-inspired line of curvaceous silver belt buckles are indicative of Thompson’s most recent departure from the expected.