About

The House

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 based in Antwerp close to the diamond quarter where we source local talent and select the finest ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones.

Our showroom is called ‘The Nest’. Thus referring to the Ostrich bird which inspired the birth of the brand. The Nest is designed as a place where we and customers can be truly in the moment. Where we can focus on what truly matters: the people and moments which mark our life. The Nest is located high up in an apartment block so our customers can select meaningful jewellery in full confidentiality.

Designer

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. In her designs she combines the elegance of European craftsmanship with the roughness of African nature. Her designs are classic yet with an eye-catching touch.

 

“When designing I imagine a woman who chooses quality over size and invests in quality for the long term. I imagine how her children know her story by looking at her jewellery. How they are inspired by her and proud to wear her heirlooms.”
 Jennifer grew up with diamonds and jewellery, as the daughter of diamond and jewellery professionals. It is from them she inherited her passion for gemstones and dedication to quality. However prior to being a jewellery designer she was a law and business graduate turned corporate marketeer.
 Jennifer’s jewellery story started when her former 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 former 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. The older Jennifer gets, the more she values jewellery which holds a special meaning and is crafted to last. 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 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.” X J

Dream Team

I AM BECAUSE WE ARE – UBUNTU

Jennifer realized that if she wanted to make Elliot & Ostrich available for women around the world she needed to get more talent on board. She was looking for a partner who shared her values of reliability, transparency and authenticity. At the same time she was looking for a partner with the same drive, appreciation for quality and with an aesthetic eye. Yet who could act as a complementary force.  As if it was meant to be Sylvie Arts happened to be at the right time and the right place.

Sylvie has all of the above. Moreover she brings experience in international business development at luxury handbag brand Delvaux and in digital marketing and sales management as a former Marketing Manager for bpost. Sylvie is an effervescent force of nature. Do not be misled by her relaxed smile. This lady gets stuff done. Faster than the speed of light.

“We share the same vision and apply the same kind of corporate methods, templates and structure yet tailor them to a creative industry. Together we want to become the international reference in meaningful fine jewellery. But we want to do it at our own pace, while having loads of fun and while leading a healthy and meaningful life.”

We work in a truly modern way, balancing hard work with diligent care for body and mind. Every day we take time to cook a fresh and healthy meal at The Nest. Once a week we meditate together to visualize our dream. We truly empower each other to be our best selves.

The brand

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.

Uncompromised quality

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.

 

Her eye for beauty ensures she always picks the gemstones with the most brilliance and unique character. From the concept to the packaging, Jennifer makes sure every detail is cared for.

Yosé

As an ode to creation, Jennifer has created her custom rosé gold alloy

Which she calls “Yosé”, with a warmer tone than yellow gold and a softer tone than traditional rosé gold. One to look out for.

These days there is no such thing as a standard for timeless design. Your personality is the one thing which is guaranteed to never go out of style so if your favorite color is pink than that is your classic. Mixing and matching of different shades of gold and gemstones creates a look which is truly unique and tells your story.

Personalise

Each piece can be crafted in yellow, yosé gold (our custom gold alloy) or white gold depending on your skin-tone or preference.
Each piece can be engraved with a personal message as a reminder of a special person or meaningful moment.
All pieces are specifically designed to be stacked together, to tell your story.
Each diamond solitaire and wedding ring can be crafted with natural or labgrown diamonds depending on your preference.
If you wish to design your own engagement and wedding ring.
The Bespoke Bridal service offers the ultimate personalization experience.
Read more about it under Bespoke.
BESPOKE

Care

Elliot & Ostrich designs jewellery to last a lifetime but to keep it looking as beautiful as the day it arrives you must look after your jewellery. You wash your body and your clothes, so why would you not have to wash your jewellery? Here are our guidelines.

Cleaning

It is recommended to give your jewellery a weekly scrub to maintain optimal brilliance.
For that, we offer our Elliot & Ostrich sparkle bath.
Once every year at least you should get your jewellery professionally cleaned. Contact us to discover how we offer this service.

 

Hardness and toughnes of gemstones

Gemstones all have a different chemical composition. The hardness defines the resistance to scratches and abrasions. Diamonds have a hardness of 10 on the Mohs scale, which mean they are the hardest of them all, followed by Ruby and Sapphire. However, hardness is not equal to toughness which refers to the degree of breakability. Diamonds can be broken. This is why it is important to take care of your gemstone jewellery and remove when working with your hands or doing exercise. Elliot & Ostrich packages all jewellery in a super soft care box or pouch, ideal for keeping your jewellery safe during your weekly HIIT or yoga training.

Precious

Although diamonds and gemstones are some of the hardest materials in the world, they have a precious nature and should be looked after with care. We recommend to keep your jewellery at a distance from oils, creams, perfume and sand. 18 karat gold is pure and soft so it will be easily scratched by sand. We think scratches are a sign of the experiences you had wearing your jewellery and part of the charm, but if you are bothered by scratches the beach is not your jewellery’s favorite destination.

Gift wrapping

Every piece of jewellery you purchase from Elliot & Ostrich will arrive at your door thoughtfully gift wrapped in our customer Ostrich Egg toned cream leather boxes and fine suede bags.
Every delivery will be accompanied by a gift card, for you to personalize as a reminder of your meaningful moment.