Born in Brazil and raised in Monaco, Lily was encouraged to appreciate art from a young age and she naturally developed a sensibility for the aesthetics that surrounded her. Describing her mother and grandmother as, “daily doses of elegance and inspiration”, she enjoyed a youth surrounded by highly artistic people and benefitted from some amazing mentors. At just nine years old, for example, she designed a swimwear collection for Hubert de Givenchy, and many years later had the opportunity to spend a few months learning creative processes from Alber Elbaz, designer at fashion house Lanvin.
Having studied Fine Arts at University and spent time working for Latin American Vogue, Lily made the move to New York City to earn her degree in Gemology at the Gemological Institute of America. After graduating in 2008, Elia left New York and went on to work in the jewellery department of prestigious auction house Christie’s in Geneva. While there, she further developed an eye for fine jewels and great design. She also met with acclaimed jewellery designer JAR (Joel Arthur Rosenthal), who urged Lily to pursue her dream of creating a fine jewellery line. With such stellar endorsement, her decision to create exquisite jewels was cemented and in 2010, Lily Gabriella was born.