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Featured Shop: Ash Hilton Jewelry

Jan 13, 2016

by Ash Hilton

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Hello! I’m Laurel Hilton. My husband Ash and I run Ash Hilton Jewelry from our home in New Zealand. We are a true family business – Ash’s sister, Siggy, works alongside him in the workshop, our dear friend, Pip, works with me in the office, and Ash’s dad, Jim, keeps us supplied with ethical beach gold that he gets from his sluicing buddies on the coast. Our team is rounded out by our 6-year-old son Henry, who’s in charge of stealing Ash’s pliers, and our 3-year-old son Truman, who makes sure there are plenty of tiny diamonds dropped between the floorboards.

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I’ve lived and worked with Ash for the last ten years. He’s always insisted that he’s not an artist, which is B.S. because he totally is! From the stories I’ve heard, he was the kind of kid that made his own gliders out of balsa wood; as an adult, he sews his own jeans and makes the world’s best paper maché stormtrooper helmets.

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Ash got into making jewelry back in 2003, after his mum suggested that he take a jewelry course. It was a natural fit, of course, as he’s a born maker. His idea to engrave tiny native trees onto the surface of his pieces struck a real chord with people. It also sparked this business of ours, which has allowed our family to do things I never dreamed were possible.

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We knew from the very beginning that we wanted this business to be sustainable, both in an environmental sense, and for us a family. We learned pretty quickly that we’d have to be really open with our customers about the fact that we split our time equally between work and the kids. We might not be as expedient as ordering from a giant online retailer, but we touch each piece, we talk about your ring over dinner, and we totally remember you when you come back to get another tree engraved to represent your newest baby.

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We owe so much of what we love about our life to the Etsy community. The people that shop here understand that weddings are wonderful, but are also big parties that get swept away in drifts of confetti and glitter. There are few durable items left after the big sweep, and we love that our rings are one of them: they become heirlooms that help tell the couple’s story to future generations.

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Ash and I are always planning and scheming about what’s next for us as a family and business, and to be honest, those plans and schemes always keep us excited, but often have very little to do with what actually happens. We had an epiphany a few years back: we don’t need to grow bigger and bigger as a business; we’re pretty happy where we are. So now, the focus is about getting better at what we do so that we have more time to do the things we love.

Follow Ash Hilton on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Flickr.

Workshop and family photos by Rachael Brown Photography; jewelry photography by Laurel Hilton.

Shop the Ash Hilton Jewelry Collection

 

Unique Wedding Band//Unique Engagement Ring//Love Birds Ring//Birds in Trees Ring//Mens or Womens Wedding Ring//Size 6 Ring//W
Unique Wedding Band//Unique Engagement Ring//Love Birds Ring//Birds in Trees Ring//Mens or Womens Wedding Ring//Size 6 Ring//W
ashhilton
$205.00 USD
Rose gold engagement ring or diamond wedding Band Rose Gold and Conflict-Free Diamond 4mm 14ct Rose Gold
Rose gold engagement ring or diamond wedding Band Rose Gold and Conflict-Free Diamond 4mm 14ct Rose Gold
ashhilton
$375.00 USD
Engagement Ring, Diamond Ring, Unique Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring, Solitaire Ring, Conflict Free Diamond Ring//Ethical Engagement Ring
Engagement Ring, Diamond Ring, Unique Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring, Solitaire Ring, Conflict Free Diamond Ring//Ethical Engagement Ring
ashhilton
$5,500.00 USD
Rose Gold Engagement Ring Diamond Engagement Ring Unique Wedding Band Size 6 Ring
Rose Gold Engagement Ring Diamond Engagement Ring Unique Wedding Band Size 6 Ring
ashhilton
$700.00 USD
Silver Wedding Band Unique Wedding Band Unique Wedding Ring 8mm wide
Silver Wedding Band Unique Wedding Band Unique Wedding Ring 8mm wide
ashhilton
$215.00 USD
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 8mm 14ct Ethical White Beach Gold Rounded
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 8mm 14ct Ethical White Beach Gold Rounded
ashhilton
$695.00 USD
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 6mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 6mm
ashhilton
$415.00 USD
Diamond Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte White Gold and Conflict-Free Diamond
Diamond Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte White Gold and Conflict-Free Diamond
ashhilton
$415.00 USD
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 2mm 9ct Ethical White Gold
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 2mm 9ct Ethical White Gold
ashhilton
$310.00 USD
Wooden Ring Box
Wooden Ring Box
ashhilton
$35.00 USD
Distressed Wedding Ring in White Gold or Silver 3mm Wide
Distressed Wedding Ring in White Gold or Silver 3mm Wide
ashhilton
$190.00 USD
Unique Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring or Wedding Band 14kt White Gold Winter Wedding 8mm 7 diamonds
Unique Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring or Wedding Band 14kt White Gold Winter Wedding 8mm 7 diamonds
ashhilton
$790.00 USD
Unique Wedding Ring // Winter Wedding Ring // Snowflake Wedding Ring // Diamond Engagement Ring // Personlized Ring // 8mm Wide 3 Diamonds
Unique Wedding Ring // Winter Wedding Ring // Snowflake Wedding Ring // Diamond Engagement Ring // Personlized Ring // 8mm Wide 3 Diamonds
ashhilton
$365.00 USD
Wedding Band or Engagement Ring in recycled sterling silver with woodland pines 4mm Sterling Silver
Wedding Band or Engagement Ring in recycled sterling silver with woodland pines 4mm Sterling Silver
ashhilton
$195.00 USD
Ready to Ship Mens Wedding Band Women's Wedding Band #35
Ready to Ship Mens Wedding Band Women's Wedding Band #35
ashhilton
$165.00 USD
Unique Mens Wedding Ring in White Gold (Women can totally wear this wedding ring too!)
Unique Mens Wedding Ring in White Gold (Women can totally wear this wedding ring too!)
ashhilton
$370.00 USD
Engraving Upgrade
Engraving Upgrade
ashhilton
$30.00 USD
Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold with Ethical diamond 3mm Rose Gold Engagement Ring
Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold with Ethical diamond 3mm Rose Gold Engagement Ring
ashhilton
$425.00 USD
Distressed Ring Wedding Band, Engagement Ring, Matte White Gold, Modern 8mm 9ct white gold
Distressed Ring Wedding Band, Engagement Ring, Matte White Gold, Modern 8mm 9ct white gold
ashhilton
$215.00 USD
Unique Wedding Band Wedding Ring Engagement Ring with Pine Trees 14ct Rose Gold Woodland Wedding 7mm Wide
Unique Wedding Band Wedding Ring Engagement Ring with Pine Trees 14ct Rose Gold Woodland Wedding 7mm Wide
ashhilton
$455.00 USD
Unique Wedding Band Wedding Ring Engagement Ring with Pine Trees Yellow Gold Woodland Wedding 6mm Wide
Unique Wedding Band Wedding Ring Engagement Ring with Pine Trees Yellow Gold Woodland Wedding 6mm Wide
ashhilton
$415.00 USD
Unique Wedding Band, Engagement Ring with Mountain in 14kt Rose gold 7mm
Unique Wedding Band, Engagement Ring with Mountain in 14kt Rose gold 7mm
ashhilton
$455.00 USD
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band recycled sterling silver with ethical diamond #5
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band recycled sterling silver with ethical diamond #5
ashhilton
$195.00 USD
Test Ring
Test Ring
ashhilton
$75.00 USD
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Rose Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 9mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Rose Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 9mm
ashhilton
$545.00 USD
Rose Gold Wedding Band Mens Wedding Band Geometric Wedding Ring Unique Wedding Ring Rose Gold Ring Faceted Ring 8mm wide
Rose Gold Wedding Band Mens Wedding Band Geometric Wedding Ring Unique Wedding Ring Rose Gold Ring Faceted Ring 8mm wide
ashhilton
$945.00 USD
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Sterling Silver with Cattails #6
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Sterling Silver with Cattails #6
ashhilton
$165.00 USD
Wooden Ring Box
Wooden Ring Box
ashhilton
$35.00 USD
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Sterling Silver and 18ct Yellow Gold #30
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Sterling Silver and 18ct Yellow Gold #30
ashhilton
$675.00 USD
Platinum engagement ring or diamond wedding Band Platinum and Conflict-Free Diamond 4mm also available in Silver and white gold
Platinum engagement ring or diamond wedding Band Platinum and Conflict-Free Diamond 4mm also available in Silver and white gold
ashhilton
$245.00 USD
Custom Design
Custom Design
ashhilton
$85.00 USD
Second Ring Resize
Second Ring Resize
ashhilton
$30.00 USD
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in 14kt White Gold #40
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in 14kt White Gold #40
ashhilton
$945.00 USD
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Sterling Silver with an Oak Tree #26
Ready to Ship Unique Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Sterling Silver with an Oak Tree #26
ashhilton
$165.00 USD
Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with Pine Trees
Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with Pine Trees
ashhilton
$95.00 USD
Unique Engagement Ring Diamond and Rose Gold Wedding Band Set Woodland Wedding
Unique Engagement Ring Diamond and Rose Gold Wedding Band Set Woodland Wedding
ashhilton
$695.00 USD
Round Snowflakes Necklace or pendant with diamonds - Medium, bridesmaid gift, anniversary present, handmade ethical gold and recycled silver
Round Snowflakes Necklace or pendant with diamonds - Medium, bridesmaid gift, anniversary present, handmade ethical gold and recycled silver
ashhilton
$305.00 USD
Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Set in 9ct rose gold 2mm with a conflict free diamond and sterling silver 5mm
Diamond Engagement Ring and Wedding Band Set in 9ct rose gold 2mm with a conflict free diamond and sterling silver 5mm
ashhilton
$390.00 USD
Custom Mountain Ring, Unique Wedding Band, White Gold 7mm Wide
Custom Mountain Ring, Unique Wedding Band, White Gold 7mm Wide
ashhilton
$210.00 USD
Faceted Wedding Band in Recycled Sterling Silver with Asymmetrical Facets 3mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Recycled Sterling Silver with Asymmetrical Facets 3mm
ashhilton
$190.00 USD
Unique Wedding Band, Engagement Ring with Mountain in Recycled Sterling Silver 4mm
Unique Wedding Band, Engagement Ring with Mountain in Recycled Sterling Silver 4mm
ashhilton
$195.00 USD
Yellow Gold Woodland Necklace or pendant, bridesmaid gift, anniversary present, handmade ethical gold, personalized
Yellow Gold Woodland Necklace or pendant, bridesmaid gift, anniversary present, handmade ethical gold, personalized
ashhilton
$245.00 USD
Cufflinks in Sterling Silver With Native New Zealand Tree Etchings
Cufflinks in Sterling Silver With Native New Zealand Tree Etchings
ashhilton
$195.00 USD
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Rose Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 6mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Rose Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 6mm
ashhilton
$415.00 USD
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 6mm 14ct Ethical White Beach Gold Rounded
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 6mm 14ct Ethical White Beach Gold Rounded
ashhilton
$585.00 USD
Rose Gold Diamond Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring or Wedding Band 14kt Rose Gold Winter Wedding 8mm 7 Diamonds
Rose Gold Diamond Engagement Ring, Wedding Ring or Wedding Band 14kt Rose Gold Winter Wedding 8mm 7 Diamonds
ashhilton
$700.00 USD
Ready to Ship Faceted Gold wedding band or unique engagement ring #14
Ready to Ship Faceted Gold wedding band or unique engagement ring #14
ashhilton
$395.00 USD
Wedding Ring, Engagement Ring or Wedding Band Men's, Women's Matte Gold Woodland Wedding 9ct Yellow gold 7mm wide Size 6 Ring
Wedding Ring, Engagement Ring or Wedding Band Men's, Women's Matte Gold Woodland Wedding 9ct Yellow gold 7mm wide Size 6 Ring
ashhilton
$455.00 USD
Unique Wedding Band, Wedding Ring or Engagement Ring with Pine Trees Matte White Gold 6mm random height pines with diamond stars
Unique Wedding Band, Wedding Ring or Engagement Ring with Pine Trees Matte White Gold 6mm random height pines with diamond stars
ashhilton
$405.00 USD
Faceted Wedding Band in White Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 8mm
Faceted Wedding Band in White Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 8mm
ashhilton
$215.00 USD
Hand Engraving Upgrade for Necklaces
Hand Engraving Upgrade for Necklaces
ashhilton
$30.00 USD
Unique Engagement Ring Conflict Free Diamond Engagement Ring Platinum Engagement Ring
Unique Engagement Ring Conflict Free Diamond Engagement Ring Platinum Engagement Ring
ashhilton
$1,150.00 USD
Ready to Ship Mens Wedding Band Matte Gold Native Tree Trio #23
Ready to Ship Mens Wedding Band Matte Gold Native Tree Trio #23
ashhilton
$625.00 USD
Men's Wedding Ring Art Deco Ring Tree Wedding Ring Wedding Band 12mm Sterling Silver
Men's Wedding Ring Art Deco Ring Tree Wedding Ring Wedding Band 12mm Sterling Silver
ashhilton
$225.00 USD
Ready to Ship Mens Wedding Band Women's Wedding Band Hammered Wedding Ring Textured Ring #36
Ready to Ship Mens Wedding Band Women's Wedding Band Hammered Wedding Ring Textured Ring #36
ashhilton
$140.00 USD
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 3mm 9ct Ethical White Beach Gold Rounded
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold White Gold Eco Friendly 3mm 9ct Ethical White Beach Gold Rounded
ashhilton
$395.00 USD
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 3mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 3mm
ashhilton
$280.00 USD
Diamond Engagement Ring Solitaire Ring Conflict Free Diamond Engagement Ring Recycled Platinum Engagement Ring Size 6 Ring
Diamond Engagement Ring Solitaire Ring Conflict Free Diamond Engagement Ring Recycled Platinum Engagement Ring Size 6 Ring
ashhilton
$5,500.00 USD
Geometric Ring Wedding Band, Engagement Ring, Matte White Gold, Modern 8mm 9ct white gold
Geometric Ring Wedding Band, Engagement Ring, Matte White Gold, Modern 8mm 9ct white gold
ashhilton
$645.00 USD
Diamond Engagement Ring Wedding Band Set in 9kt Rose Gold and White Gold with Pine Trees
Diamond Engagement Ring Wedding Band Set in 9kt Rose Gold and White Gold with Pine Trees
ashhilton
$695.00 USD

2 Featured Comments

  • ladyeuphrosilie

    ladyeuphrosilie from ladyeuphrosilie said 3 years ago Featured

    I own a couple of Ash Hilton rings (a trio of fruit) and they are fabulous! I am really pleased to read about your creative processes and even more pleased that your business is a family enterprise. Great work!

  • wadsss

    Laura W said 3 years ago Featured

    About 3 years ago I saw one of these rings on etsy and told myself that it would be my wedding band, no matter what. This past fall on a dock over a lake in Northern Ontario, my husband and I exchanged a pair of pine tree rings from this beautiful shop! So happy that we have a little piece from the Ash Hilton family. You guys are so wonderful!

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