About the Artist
Gems at the Heart
I'm Jennifer Hillyer, and I'm the designer and goldsmith behind my namesake brand: Jennifer Hillyer Jewelry.
I've had a passion for special rocks for as long as I can remember. My collection eventually reached a critical mass, and so I taught myself to solder so that I could set some of the stones from my collection into jewelry.
I especially love the hunt for gemstones. Bringing rare, unusual, and underappreciated gems into the spotlight is one of the great joys of my work. The other is connecting people to the gemstones that speak to them, and reminding them that they are worthy of (and have earned!) fine and beautiful things.
I began my career as the very first female goldsmith at the master model workshop at David Yurman. There I learned at the elbow of some of the most talented master jewelers from across the globe, and was inspired to someday create my own line of fine jewelry.
In my work, I use the ancient method of lost wax casting, in combination with modern digital 3D modeling to bring ideas to life. Above all, my work is an expression of reverence for the balance and beauty of natural forms, and the deeply human joy that can be found therein.
When not in my workshop, you can find me at the gym pumping iron, or at the dog park with my furry boy Oswald.