PROCESS : Plique-a-jour
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
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.