These Hands belong to Elli, our Bespoke Designer. Elli and her partner, Santi, moved from Barcelona to Australia in 2019, and both became part of our NMJ family as a dynamic duo! Elli has warm and caring nature, and an elegant aura to her, but our favourite thing about Elli is her quick wit and cheeky sense of humour. Get to know Elli below...
Who do these hands belong to?
What is your role at Natalie Marie Jewellery and how long have you been with the team?
I am a Bespoke Designer, at Natalie Marie Jewellery and I have been here since the beginning of summer 2020.
When did you first come across Natalie Marie Jewellery?
It's a really beautiful story actually! Santi and I arrived to Australia in September 2019 and we decided to try our chances in Melbourne. Santi is a goldsmith and someone recommend him to post on a Facebook group looking for a job in the industry. We completely forgot about the post, and out of nowhere a couple weeks after we found a message from Natalie offering Santi to fly to Sydney for an interview and I went along with him. Long story short - two weeks later we moved to Avalon Beach, Sydney!!
Most treasured piece of jewellery?
One of the most treasured pieces of jewellery I own is my grandmother’s necklace. She passed away a couple years ago and she left me a beautiful necklace that I have loved since I was a little girl. It’s too big so I can’t wear it every day, but I love it so, so much.
What is your favourite Natalie Marie piece?
My favourite piece is the Diamond Slider, it is such a beautiful and elegant necklace.
Where would we find you on the weekend? How do you unwind?
I love going to the city almost every Sunday. I think Avalon is one of the most gorgeous places on earth but every now and then I love a really big city day. Sitting in a new café, drinking some delicious Chai or maybe going to the best gelato in Sydney at Ciccolo and Sons. It is a really long trip but definitely worth it.
Coffee or Tea? How do you take it?
Always TEA! I hate coffee. I normally drink my tea with some almond milk, nothing to fancy.
Beach, city or mountains?
Definitely living by the beach, Sundays in the city and holidays in the mountains.
What inspires you?
Everything, but mostly movies and places. Holidays are inspiring too.
If you could live anywhere else, apart from Sydney, where would it be?
Italy, more specifically Rome. I’m in love with Italy - the language, the food, the people, everything!
If you were not working at NMJ, what would you be doing?
Maybe developing my own clothing line. My background is in fashion, so I think is the natural path to follow.
What are you currently reading?
'My year of rest and relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh.
Describe your perfect day….
I feel so old, but literally my perfect day is a day with no plans, just relaxing with my boyfriend.
Describe yourself in 5 words…
Cheeky, charming, driven, passionate and creative. (I actually asked my team to answer this one for me!)
What kind of challenges do you like to set yourself in life?
I LOVE challenges, I’m always setting these crazy goals every year, but I think its the only way to live. Without challenges I get bored quickly.
What is your favourite daily ritual?
My shower and my skincare routine, so girly but it’s true.
What are you most grateful for?
My friends. I really feel I’m the luckiest girl on earth, my friends are just wonderful.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve bene given?
Be nice and be yourself.
What is your least known talent?
I am a pretty good dancer.
What is on your wish list right now?
What is your favourite gemstone?
Cliché but diamonds. Diamonds are actually my birthstone… convenient, right? Haha!