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“She made the whole process very fun, she is very conversational and had a wealth of original pieces to show me.”
Sparkling Sunrise. I've gotten to know Ellie over the past several years at her studio events and through purchasing both custom designed and collection pieces. When my beau and I starting thinking wedding bells, I immediately thought of Ellie and we were both excited to work with her! She is patient and thoughtful in designing jewelry to meet individual styles and budgets. My now fiancee presented my lovely Ellie ring with a sunrise proposal and a view of the city from Diversey harbor. The sparkles in the ring and our eyes were, and continue to be, magical. Thanks Ellie!
Congratulations on your engagement! It was an honor to play a small role in this very important occasion! I wish you both many many years of happiness together!
My mother has got me hooked on Ellie's jewelry. She had two rings made by Ellie, and both were unique and gorgeous (plus, I hear that the price is right).
My mom then referred my now-fiance to Ellie for my engagement ring; it's a beautiful cushion-cut sapphire (unusually light for a sapphire because it's not heated) with diamonds surrounding it. Ellie had worked and guided my fiance through the process who didn't know anything about rings and stones.
In addition to custom designs, Ellie has her own collection which I always drool over when I walk into her store.
Congratulations on your engagement! I am so happy for you both, and truly honored to be able to work with your fiance to create your special ring. He knew what he wanted for you- and I was so delighted that I had the perfect stone to work with- the rare, beautifully cut square cushion cut sapphire was mined in an eco-friendly mine in Sri Lanka. I thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to write this review. I wish you and your fiance a lifetime of happiness together!
Ellie Thompson is a real gem!.
Ellie Thompson is a wonderfully talented designer. She has made over a dozen very special pieces for me. I wear one almost every day, and--no matter how long ago she made them--they never fail to make me feel good every time I put them on.
Ellie's work is truly special. Her collections have an elegant originality. And it's a real pleasure to work with her. She understands what you're looking for, and at what price--and unfailingly makes it happen.
If you're looking for something special at a reasonable price, take a look at Ellie's latest designs.
Thank you for writing such nice things- I appreciate it. I have always enjoyed the working with you- you have inspired some wonderful designs and I am so delighted that they give you so much pleasure. The ideas for the designs are always inspired by the person who is going to wear the jewelry. I think about who she is, beyond just her coloring and sense of style, but I listen and learn what she has to say to the world- and allow the direction of the jewelry design to ride on these ideas- the jewelry, whether boldly or quietly, will convey a message to those around her- in a beautiful way. Thank you.
Beautiful well made jewlery.
I have known Ellie for many years. I have seen her jewelry creations evolve and her ability to understand what her customers want turn into some kind of Jedi mind trick.
Most recently, I recommended her to a friend in Maryland, and though Ellie is right across form Millennium Park, she custom designed their wedding set through emails and a couple of phone calls. They are thrilled with their rings!
I have several pieces from her collections and pieces she has designed just for me. All of them have a weight and feel to them that only high quality jewelry conveys. Her stone choices are phenomenal. The only thing that tops the jewelry is Ellie herself. She really cares about what you want and that you are very happy with the end result.
Thank you for such kind words. I really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for me. I sincerely enjoy my work and try to always keep in mind that even with fashion forward jewelry - the decision to purchase and wear fine jewelry is made with a great deal of consideration. It is never just about the jewelry, but rather the meaning behind it. I try to enliven each piece I make with special meaning - something iconic, something that creates a connection to an idea- and of course then make it sparkle so when you wear it, you feel the sparkle..(just as Yoda would do) Thank you again for giving me the opportunities to create beautiful jewelry and for trusting me to your friends with your referrals.
Ellie's beautiful Designs. Ellie Thompson designs the most beautiful jewelry. I have a ring she designed and I never fail to get stopped as people always notice my ring. It is an extremely unique design and I really enjoy wearing it. She is delightful to work with and her workmanship is excellent. I don't think anyone will ever regret buying a piece from Ellie's collection. All her jewelry designs are just so beautiful and a treasure to own
Thank you for the compliments! I am so glad to hear that your ring is bringing you so much enjoyment. The Time + Space Collection that we used as the inspiration for your ring brings together so much of what I enjoy in design- a clean silhouette with interesting details, the subtle sparkle of diamonds in unexpected places, with our textured finished and highly polished geometric highlights- made to last a lifetime.
Well Worth Having In Your Jewelry Collection.
I will just paste here a version of what I wrote to Ellie when my ring arrived in the mail:
"Received the ring this a.m., tore open the package, and what to my wondering eyes... It's gorgeous! Really! More fantastic than I remember the ring being when I tried it on at the Field Museum gift shop. I like the muted tone of mine even more. The 18kt gold flower really takes the ring to a whole other level. And the ring is so wonderfully big. [...] Well, I could rhapsodize all day, but suffice to say that I am very pleased. Thank you so much for the love that you obviously put into this ring. It makes it special!"
I am an inveterate jewelry buff so have developed an eye for what is truly worth having in my collection (within my budget and station in life). Ellie Thompson's pieces are works of art that will stand the test of time and gain value. She is a consummate American artist of her era. I did not hesitate to purchase the triple flower ring from the American Metaphor collection. It is magnificently large and makes a unique statement. It stands alone. Ellie herself is wonderfully accommodating and easy to work with, not what you'd expect from a jeweler with her talent. At her suggestion, I even "upgraded" the ring so that the smallest flower is 18kt gold and adds just that much more je ne sais quoi to the piece. I am thrilled with it.
Thank you for your wonderful words and for taking your time to write this review. It was a pleasure creating the special version of the "Triple Ring of Flowers" from The American Metaphor Collection for you. The collection was inspired by midwest prairie flowers and more specifically the idea of the boundaries of native land and city life. The flowers themselves are not specific, they are neither cone flower (echinacea) nor cornflower, daisy nor black eye susan, but rather a "hybrid of mind" created to represent the entire prairie. The blackened metal (sterling) holds an urban vibe, while the gold captures the sunlight of the long summer days. My hope is that the collection is at once approachable, fashion forward, fun and timeless.
Fantastic designs, service, and prices.
I loved working with Ellie on the wedding rings my wife and I got from her. My wife's been a fan of her work for a while now, so we had confidence that she'd be able to deliver something that woudl knock our socks off. Ellie presented some truly spectacular designs to us for consideration after we set the direction and style we wanted. The execution was flawless.
I couldn't be happier with the jewelry she's made for the two of us, and I'm looking forward to visiting Ellie whenever I need to get my wife an extra special gift.
Thank you for your review- It is always a pleasure to knock some socks off! I'm glad you enjoyed the custom process- I think it is so meaningful for a couple to create their wedding rings together. The rings then embody so much more than just metal and stones- a real alchemy occurs. Congratulations on your marriage- I wish you a lifetime of happiness together- and I look forward to your next visit!
Truly Gifted Jewelry Designer!.
My husband Michael and I arrived at Ellie's office with a chunk of platinum and a sketchbook full of ideas. We were getting engaged (and married) and wanted unique rings for both occasions. A friend had recommended Ellie to us and assured us she'd be wonderful to work with on this project.
We had settled on a compass theme for the rings, but were all over the map with how to make them. Ellie listened patiently, looked at our sketches, immediately understood our overall vision, and proceeded to refine and clarify our designs in a way we all felt really good about! She added elements to our designs that hadn't occurred to us that made the rings even more interesting and unique. She had a beautiful array of diamonds to choose from and took time to explain the different cuts and quality levels. We left feeling so excited to see the designs made real!
It's hard to convey the depth of our satisfaction with the finished results. My engagement ring, which contains the moving parts of a stylized compass, with a diamond spinning in the middle, is absolutely stunning. I have been complimented on it by countless people, from folks at the checkout counter, to friends at dinner -- pretty much every time I wear it anywhere. I have heard people say, over and over again, "That's so unique," "Where did you get that?", and "How beautiful." My husband's band is a lovely design that echoes the compass motif in a simpler way, as he uses his hands a lot and wanted a ring he could wear all the time. My wedding band is a simple platinum band that fits nicely under the engagement ring. Whenever we wear our rings, which are most days, we are reminded of our bond to each other, one that involved creativity and collaboration. Thanks to Ellie, this was a beautiful experience.
thank you for your kind words! It was a real joy to work with you both! I love the collaborative process of custom design- these special pieces of jewelry are created to commemorate the special times in our lives and as such are personally iconic, touchstones to that moment in time, a way to carry those feelings with us, close to us. they are indeed "all about you!" and to be apart of that celebration is truly an honor for me. I hope you will continue to enjoy your rings for many happy years together!
With my gratitude and best wishes,
Someone who is invested in you!. I like other men on this list did not have a great knowledge of jewelry; in fact I was completely ignorant. I wanted a custom engagement ring that incorporated a family stone and spoke to the character of my fiancee. Ellie knocked it out of the park!! I have received the best complements on the ring, and everyone I know wants to know where I had the ring made. I felt such a sense of personal care and thought about what we were trying to create. Ellie is looking out for you, and wants to build life long relationships, which is a touch one won?t find in any chain jeweler. I found Ellie on the internet and don?t plan to do anymore searching.
I thank you for your kind review! It is so much fun to get to know new people and create special engagement rings! To bring new life to a long cherished family diamond, giving it a design that suits the next generation is very rewarding- a real pleasure! I thank you and look forward to seeing you again!
My best to you and your fiance!
How are the wedding plans coming along?
Ellie is the best!. I could probably be labeled the typical male when it comes to choosing jewelry...the label...an idiot. Ellie was rec'd from a family member so I went to her 8 years ago to buy my engagement ring for my wife. I have not stopped going to her at least once a year for gifts for my wife and other family members. She really gave me the guided tour in ring selection. I found her to be incredibly forthright and honest in deciding between engagement rings which really made me feel at ease. Her selection of gift ideas, creativity and service is just unbelievable. I will only use Ellie for all of my jewelry design needs
I thank you for your kind words. I am grateful to be able to work with you and so many other great people. I am honored that the jewelry I create is so often part of the happy celebrations in people's lives. It is the reason I create pieces of the highest quality in design and materials to fully delight those who will give them, wear them and even just see them in passing. I look forward to seeing you again before too long. -Ellie Thompson
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