ELLE Jewelry’s designer, Claire Vessot, believes in finding something special in the smallest aspects of everyday life
Someone bent down one day and whispered in her ear, “Stay close to beauty.” Since that day, the Montreal native, Claire Vessot has been inspired by that idea throughout her work, designing fashion and fine jewellery. Today, Vessot is the sole designer for ELLE Jewelry Collections, a jewellery line distributed worldwide through Brands 88 Inc., an affiliate of PAJ Group, one of the world’s largest sterling silver suppliers since 1976.
Passion for silver
“Until recently, silver seemed to take a back seat to other precious metals,” explains Vessot on her metal choice. “I have always believed in sterling silver and saw it as a way to create pieces with fierce passion and expression, jewellery that can carry a look and has value to back it up. Its properties allow me to extend fine treatments such as back plates, hidden connections, softer looks or knife edges, all with a flawless finish and a rich luxurious feel,” she says. “I love the way it takes on the feel of the wearer. Fine sterling has a look of its own. It’s very personal, and silver is an experience.” Based on the top trends from fashion forecasters, Vessot creates her collections each season, keeping textures, colours and silhouettes as her inspiration.
Each piece of ELLE jewellery has a genuine signature ruby trademark, which poignantly symbolizes a woman’s inner strength and beauty – something the colour red has displayed for centuries. “The mysterious location of this ruby in square motif changes with every piece,” says Vessot. “We could relate the stone meaning gathered from many different cultures and throughout history to discover a multitude of interpretations. What is important, however, is that a vivacious ruby-red colour is associated with fire, passion and luck. These are empowering sentiments. The importance of the ruby is beyond the stone itself.” Other gems such as quartz, opaques and semi-precious stones are also used in Vessot’s pieces.
While the exact meaning of the designer’s strategically placed ruby is richly abundant and open for interpretation with the wearer, she is quite clear on her evolving jewellery designs over the years: “My ELLE designs have become less geometric, while maintaining ease, softness and displaying a little more playfulness.”
For her “Latitude” cuff, for instance, Vessot had an “open feel” in mind “to address the evidence of lace being present as indicated with seasonal fabrics. I wanted a non-traditional approach, lightweight yet not delicate, so I created a weave and band approach to lace.” Admittedly, this cuff is one of Vessot’s ELLE favourites.
Vessot also works closely with ELLE Paris, which offers an extensive forecast of Europe’s fashions. “The design process is intangible, yet rich and true inspiration is a feeling that comes with impetus, evolves, and I just know I’m onto something good,” she explains.For the winter and spring seasons, the designer says she features “darks with pops of pure light, translated into a very special collection entitled ‘ELLE by Vessot Limited Edition series’.” Regardless of seasonal trends, she hopes ELLE customers take advantage of her designs to express their own individuality. “This woman is someone who is aware of herself and what she represents – an independent, style-conscious and value-savvy woman.” She also has a talent for finding beauty in the smallest things, just like Vessot. [CJ]