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Jennifer Hillyer Jewelry

Jennifer Hillyer Jewelry

As a kid I dreamt of living in the woods. I rubbed rocks together and mixed makeup to paint my face. I built lean-tos and begged my parents to let me sleep outside. The daughter of two very practical people: a doctor and an accountant, I was not permitted to sleep in the backyard, but I did eventually find my path and my voice by creating.

My first exposure to art was when my maternal grandmother taught me to oil paint at a young age. After this I quickly started drawing the insides of imaginary houses I'd live in - designing each room to my 10-year old heart's desire. Art became a way to construct the world around me. And when I found jewelry-making, I found a way to build my world (my identity) from the inside-out.

When my paternal grandmother passed, I inherited some of her jewelry, much of it custom-made during her time in Dubai & Bolivia. I recall the last conversation we had; she told me about riding a helicopter to the off-shore oil rig where my grandpa was working as a medic. I was suddenly in awe of her.

When I wear her jewelry, I feel a pride about her, and simultaneously a sadness about all the conversations we didn't get to have. But it was then that I realized the power of jewelry and its ability to transport & connect us, to make us feel loved and protected.

My hope is to share my awe and wonder for nature with my clients, by sourcing one-of-a-kind gems responsibly and setting them in recycled metals. I work often in Opal, which has an unexplainable magic and to which many people have a sentimental connection. I want to help you tell your story, and to hopefully help you forge connections to the people and places you love.