Ellen Ring grew up in a family of collectors. Her grandmother's favorite pastime was attending auctions to add to her collection of exquisite antiques and jewelry. As her parents were also avid collectors of art, it was just a matter of time before she got the bug.
Originally from Princeton, NJ, she attended George Washington University where she received a BA in Art History and an MBA in International Business. Following five years in finance, Ellen returned to her passion of art, history and design to work for Tiffany & Company, New York where she was exposed to their legendary collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and artistic jewelry.
After a 10 year career at Tiffany, and 5 years at McTeigue & McClelland Jewelers in Great Barrington, MA, Ellen decided to strike out on her own as a private dealer of fine antique and estate jewelry. She began by showcasing in a multi-dealer antique shop and exhibiting at antique shows on the east coast. Early on, she recognized that the attraction to and appreciation for jewelry goes far beyond ornamentation, aesthetic appeal and monetary value. Indeed, it is only through the study of the history, the fashions and the economics of an era that one can begin to fathom why and how certain styles were produced and worn. Over the years, Ellen has immersed herself in her trade, and her philosophy is evident every time she identifies a special piece and educates her customers to its unique attributes. Today, her clientele rave about her discerning taste, her knowledge and her enthusiasm; all evident whenever she shares her passion for the history and design of fine jewelry.
Ellen’s skillfully curated selection of wearable and well-designed jewelry specifically focuses on the discriminating tastes of her customers. She is passionate about beautiful jewelry. During her frequent global travels, she devotes her time to discovering unique, classic examples of exceptional craftsmanship. The better the quality and design, the more appealing to her senses and to those of her loyal clientele. Her devotees know they can count on her for design excellence, value and exceptional personal customer service.
Ellen has lectured on the history of jewelry, specializing in the Victorian Era and is a frequent attendee at the Antique and Period Jewelry and Gemstone Conference. She is also a member of The American Society of Jewelry Historians and on the board of the Berkshire County Antiques and Art Dealers Association.
What began as a brief visit to the Berkshires in 1998 has since become a long-term commitment to the area where Ellen now lives with her rescued terrier mix, Callie, who has made so many friends that she'll never let Ellen live anywhere else!