About Hilary

Hilary Finck designs and hand-crafts all of her jewelry in her sunny San Francisco studio. Her designs are derived from both geometric forms and natural elements, and she can't help but design pieces that are kinetic, have a feminine spirit, and feel great to wear.

Hilary studied jewelry design and metalsmithing at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Upon moving to San Francisco in 2000, she apprenticed with Peter and Dan Macchiarini at Macchiarini Creative Design for two years, and then went on to start her own studio. Hilary has taught jewelry design and metalsmithing classes at the Palo Alto Art Center in Palo Alto, CA and the Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT.

Environmental sustainability is important to Hilary. All of the silver used in her jewelry is recycled. She regularly sends off scraps to be refined and whenever possible, she melts and mills silver scrap in her own studio.

PROCESS : Plique-a-jour

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Hilary’s plique-a-jour jewelry is a modern take on a centuries-old enameling technique. French for “letting in daylight”, plique-a-jour is a time-intensive process where transparent enamel is inlayed into open spaces and repeatedly fired in a kiln until the desired results are achieved.

Hilary’s plique-a-jour “dots” are her signature design. When illuminated by light, the dots provide a brilliant and surprising pop of color. When not captured in light, the pieces have a bold elegance that stand on their own. Hilary's plique-a-jour jewelry is fresh and unique. Each piece is surely a statement and has a classic aesthetic that never goes out of style.

PROCESS : Hand Hammered

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Nearly every piece of jewelry that comes out of Hilary’s studio has at least one element that has been hand hammered. Hammering is not just a design technique, but it also gives the metal durable flexibility and strength. Hammering literally moves metal. Hilary’s trusty planishing hammer is her go-to for flattening and forging, while an array of cross peens create different textures and make fold-forming possible.

Basically, if you took away all of Hilary’s hammers, she wouldn’t be able to make jewelry. (And, she’d probably just go buy more hammers!) Hammering is essential to Hilary’s designs and it means that each piece is handmade and carefully considered.