While we tend to stick to more conservative choices with our outfits, when it comes to choosing the right accessory we like mixing things up. A playful necklace or a quirky enamel pin might upgrade your monochromatic look and take it to that next level. Such are Elyse Tolles’ earrings.
“All I’ve ever really wanted is to spend my life making and being surrounded by beautiful things,” writes Tolles on her website. Made using polymer clay, each of her pieces is individually designed, pigmented, sculpted, and detailed by hand from start to finish. The end result is a one of a kind piece – the antithesis to mass-produced, fast fashion items.
Established in 2015, Tolles’ brand, Elysian Theory, values intentional craftsmanship. Named after her first name, Tolles explains that in classical mythology, the Elysian Fields were a dreamed about place of ultimate beauty and happiness. “Elysian means beautiful, blissful, and ethereal, and also happens to be one possible origin story for my name, Elyse,” she notes.
According to Tolles, she values greatly the opportunity to be a part of the transformative effect that can happen when a person looks and feels their best. That’s also where she finds inspiration.
“I’m constantly inspired by the nothing-short-of-magical feeling you get from wearing a gorgeous pair of statement earrings,” she says, “and it’s my greatest honor to be able to pass that along to you.”