Jennifer Elliot is the founder and designer of Elliot & Ostrich.
Jennifer is Belgian-British and born in South-Africa. She grew up in the African bush and still considers Africa her true home, the place where she finds grounding. She currently travels between her home on the Kenyan coast and her base in Antwerp, the stylish city known for diamond and jewellery expertise.
She is the daughter of diamond and jewellery professionals but only recently decided she wanted to follow in her parents’ footsteps. It is from them she inherited the passion for gemstones and the dedication to craftsmanship.
Jennifer made it her mission to bring back the tradition of gifting jewellery as a symbol of life’s meaningful moments yet on the conditions of the modern customer.
We sometimes get so caught up in the day to day that we forget to celebrate the moments and the people who mean the most. The wonderful thing about jewellery is that it is the only gift which touches the heart and can be worn close to it every day.
The older Jennifer gets, the more she wants to wear her meaningful classics every day as a touch of sophistication with a special meaning. However, she struggled finding brands which offered uncompromised quality in her contemporary style: refined & classic but with a personal touch. When training to become a certified gemologist, she discovered the fascinating world of gemstones where every piece has an origin and a story, just like we do.
Jennifer’s jewellery story started when her husband proposed to her. He insisted she would be involved in selecting a design which had her name written over it. She enjoyed this thoroughly yet realized it was hard to find her style. So she designed her ring herself.
A few years later, while she was in Kenya contemplating which business to start, her husband received a message from a man who saw Jennifer’s ring on a wedding blog. This turned out to be Jennifer’s first Bespoke project and the start of Elliot & Ostrich. To Jennifer Elliot & Ostrich feels like a purpose more than a brand. She wants to inspire people to cherish quality of life and be true themselves.
Elliot & Ostrich offers refined, timeless and personal pieces of jewellery to celebrate the meaningful moments.
Pieces which become part of your identity. To wear every day and to be handed to the next generation. As a reminder of who you are. Jennifer is inspired by the story in each gemstone, their colors and shapes. Her designs are made to be refined and understated, allowing the personality of the gemstones and the woman to shine through.
Elliot & Ostrich is dedicated to offering uncompromised quality. Each piece is handcrafted, in 18 karat gold, upon order, by Antwerp’s most skilled craftsmen.
Our jewellery is made with love and utmost attention to detail. Graduate gemologist Jennifer Elliot personally selects the gemstones which fit her signature A quality standard.
She makes it a priority to simplify the selection of diamonds and gemstones for her customers by pre-defining her buying range and therewith unburdening the customer. She buys directly from traders who she has carefully selected on defined criteria: dedication to ethical sourcing, value for money and a guarantee for quality.