The famous Parisian jewellery designer Elie Top has been hosted in an art gallery, Kaufmann Repetto, in Via di Porta Tenaglia for his first presentation in Milan. The collection presented, “La Dame du Lac”, combines moonstones that are transparent and as deep as a lake. The aesthetics of the setting steal the limelight from the mechanical components. He worked with Yves Saint Laurent and Loulou de la Faliase, with Albert Elbaz of Lanvin, for Roger Vivier, Swarovski and Baccart, before opening his own house in 2015 in an eighteenth-century Parisian palace in rue Saint Honoré. His passion for jewellery and amulets began when browsing illustrated books of cathedrals as a child. He confesses to have always been attracted to Gothic architecture because of the way it soars upwards, and baroque interiors that have influenced his passion for detail. His jewels open and close like caskets, hiding dreams and talismans instead of poisons.In his latest collection he freely followed his instinct at home, working on the kitchen table. Elie knowingly combines historical memories with a crude aesthetic stolen from mechanics.