Twelve of Elie Tops’ own playful high jewelry pieces will be offered this spring, as part of an exclusive capsule collection offered online from 25 April until 7 May.
Elie Top’s creations masterly combine patinated, oxidised silver surfaces with fine gold structures, glistening diamonds and unusual hardstones and semiprecious stones. Striking examples of Top’s virtuosity are two rings: one, “Eau d’Hiver” (“Winter Water”) set with an engraved oval chrysoprase, the other, « Feu d’été », (“Summer Fire”) featuring an engraved oval garnet, yellow sapphires, mandarin garnets and brilliant-cut diamonds.
The sale also includes jewels inspired by the aesthetics of astrology and the galaxy, drawing upon antique astronomical clocks and scientific instruments. Among such celestial creations are a “Pluton” bangle featuring a sphere in rutile quartz and a satellite in diamond, a “Five Sphere” necklace composed of a constellation of planets in diamonds, hardstone, onyx, agate, labradorite, tiger’s eye and a necklace with a removable Akoya and diamond planet.
About Elie Top:
The last official assistant of Yves Saint Laurent, Elie Top started to create fashion jewellery for the prestigious house in the late 1990s under the close watch of his future muse, the legendary accessories designer Loulou de la Falaise. There, he also met the Yves Saint Laurent ready-to-wear designer Alber Elbaz, whom he followed to Lanvin when Elbaz was appointed creative director a few years later. A 15-year collaboration followed.
In 2015, longing to channel his creativity into more personal pieces, he launched “Maison Elie Top” and its first collection, Mécaniques Célestes, featuring bold and futuristic geometrically shaped jewellery. He has since pursued his exploration in his private showroom on the first floor of a 18th-century building on the Rue Saint Honoré, and created many more timeless esoteric and poetic jewels, often described as “out of this world”.