— The Story —

Deity Jewels is the combination of my two passions - creating treasures using Mother Nature's precious elements and saving the lives of animals. ♥ Ellen

Ellen made her mark designing one-of-a-kind handmade letterpress invitations, announcements and stationery for Hollywood's cognescenti at the famed Soolip Paperie in West Hollywood. All the while, her VIP customers were not only eyeing her unique and gorgeous paper creations, they were also buying the jewels off her neck. Ellen's exclusive Deity Jewels are worn by Hollywood royalty such as Jessica Biel, Emmy Rossum, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Carrie Ann Inaba and Madonna.

What began as a purely personal artistic pursuit has quickly developed into a business and a way to help save lives — both achieved through Ballon Dante's gift for producing beautiful bohemian jewelry with naturally-occurring gemstones, and her ongoing desire to positively influence another living creature's life through the sharing of that gift.

Safely in the vanguard of the latest genre in jewelry design, Deity Jewels is a constantly-evolving testament to what happens when a person dares to dream. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ellen earned a degree in Interior Design and Architecture at Ohio State University, then went on to hone her design skills at the prestigious Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After arriving in Los Angeles, Ellen worked for various design houses in addition to pursuing other creative endeavors, including jewelry design, all giving her the necessary background to launch her own line.

Ellen’s major passion is saving the lives of animals through rescue. The Deity Jewels’ Adopt collection features her signature “Adopt” design motif. A portion of proceeds of every Deity Jewels item is donated back toward saving the lives of shelter and homeless animals. 

Since the age of five, Ellen has personally been involved in the rescue of hundreds of animals, and supports a number of rescue organizations including Love Leo Rescue and Karma Rescue. Her house is currently home to five rescue dogs (though this number tends to fluctuate with foster animals coming and going!)

Says Ellen, “No animal is more deserving than another and I would save them all if I could. They are well aware that their life was just spared... Their eyes eternally thank you and their kisses say it all.  My wish is that one day more people will spay and neuter their animals and that our shelters will all be 'No Kill'.  Until then I will continue to do all that I can to help on an individual level."