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Elie Top’s fine jewellery is a unique fusion of futuristic and vintage. With his creations’ celestial inspirations and delicate yet mechanical construction, they’re rooted in both the heavens and the earth. “What defined me was the technological, mechanical…idea,” Elie tells Purple Magazine, noting that the steel mills that studded the landscape in his native northern France informed his aesthetic, as did the French Belle Époque and Baroque periods. “You don’t know when my jewels were made,” Elie tells 1st Dibs. “They could be futuristic or from the time of Charlemagne.”
Just as storied as Elie’s inspirations are his pedigree in the fashion industry. After studying at Paris’ renowned Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, at the age of 19 he began an internship with Yves Saint Laurent, working with the designer himself. Elie continued to work with Alber Elbaz when the designer took on the label’s ready-to-wear collections, and then with Elbaz at Lanvin, designing the house’s exuberant costume jewellery. He went on to launch his own Elie Top collection in 2015.
“It was a desire for self-expression,” Elie tells The New York Times of his decision to helm his own jewellery house. “I went through a long period of apprenticeship until one day, I felt that I had the maturity to express myself and create something interesting.”
And Elie’s fine jewellery debut was worth the wait. Crafted in 18k gold and distressed silver, his designs have the air of vintage heirlooms with a chic, industrial touch. Take the Mira Ring, set with diamonds that dazzle set in a circular, mechanical-looking formation, while the Sphère Rings spotlight orbs that open and close, to reveal pearl or onyx stones beneath.
Escape into another world, with Elie’s ornate, chic, and truly timeless designs.