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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
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
Unique Wedding Band, Engagement Ring with Mountain in yellow gold 7mm
Unique Wedding Band, Engagement Ring with Mountain in yellow gold 7mm
ashhilton
$455.00 USD
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 8mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 8mm
ashhilton
$500.00 USD
Unique Wedding Band or Engagement Ring with Birds in Trees 6mm 9ct White Gold
Unique Wedding Band or Engagement Ring with Birds in Trees 6mm 9ct White Gold
ashhilton
$205.00 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
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold Rose Gold Eco Friendly 6mm Rounded 14ct Ethical Rose
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold Rose Gold Eco Friendly 6mm Rounded 14ct Ethical Rose
ashhilton
$585.00 USD
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold Rose Gold Eco Friendly 8mm Rounded 14ct Ethical Rose
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold Rose Gold Eco Friendly 8mm Rounded 14ct Ethical Rose
ashhilton
$585.00 USD
Wedding Band or Engagement Ring in 14k yellow gold with cabbage trees 7mm 14kt yellow
Wedding Band or Engagement Ring in 14k yellow gold with cabbage trees 7mm 14kt yellow
ashhilton
$455.00 USD
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold Rose Gold Eco Friendly 3mm 9ct Ethical Rose
Wedding Band Engagement Ring Matte Gold Rose Gold Eco Friendly 3mm 9ct Ethical Rose
ashhilton
$330.00 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
Rose Gold Engagement Ring Diamond Engagement Ring Unique Wedding Band Size 6 Ring 6mm
Rose Gold Engagement Ring Diamond Engagement Ring Unique Wedding Band Size 6 Ring 6mm
ashhilton
$615.00 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
Wooden Ring Box
Wooden Ring Box
ashhilton
$35.00 USD
Wooden Ring Box
Wooden Ring Box
ashhilton
$35.00 USD
Ethical Rose gold bangle, bracelet, stacking bangle.
Ethical Rose gold bangle, bracelet, stacking bangle.
ashhilton
$695.00 USD
Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold 14ct yellow ethical gold 6mm rounded
Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold 14ct yellow ethical gold 6mm rounded
ashhilton
$465.00 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
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
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 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 narrow distressed 9ct rose gold 3mm wide band
Wedding Band or Engagement Ring narrow distressed 9ct rose gold 3mm wide band
ashhilton
$280.00 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 Diamond Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in 14kt White Gold #7
Ready to Ship Unique Diamond Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in 14kt White Gold #7
ashhilton
$1,255.00 USD
Diamond Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold and Conflict-Free Diamond 4mm wide
Diamond Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold and Conflict-Free Diamond 4mm wide
ashhilton
$425.00 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
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
Test Ring
Test Ring
ashhilton
$75.00 USD
Custom Wedding Ring, Mountain Ring, Wedding Band in Recycled Sterling Silver 8mm
Custom Wedding Ring, Mountain Ring, Wedding Band in Recycled Sterling Silver 8mm
ashhilton
$215.00 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
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
Faceted Wedding Band in White Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 6mm
Faceted Wedding Band in White Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 6mm
ashhilton
$205.00 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
Faceted Wedding Band in Recycled Sterling Silver with Asymmetrical Facets 4mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Recycled Sterling Silver with Asymmetrical Facets 4mm
ashhilton
$195.00 USD
Custom Design
Custom Design
ashhilton
$85.00 USD
Rose gold Mountain Horizontal Necklace or pendant, bridesmaid gift, anniversary present, handmade ethical gold
Rose gold Mountain Horizontal Necklace or pendant, bridesmaid gift, anniversary present, handmade ethical gold
ashhilton
$245.00 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 Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 3mm
Faceted Wedding Band in Ethical Yellow Gold with Asymmetrical Facets 3mm
ashhilton
$280.00 USD
Second Ring Resize
Second Ring Resize
ashhilton
$30.00 USD
Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with Art Deco Trees
Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with Art Deco Trees
ashhilton
$95.00 USD
Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with Power Poles
Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver with Power Poles
ashhilton
$95.00 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
Unique Wedding Band//Unique Engagement Ring//Love Birds Ring//Birds in Trees Ring//Mens or Womens Wedding Ring//Size 6 Ring// Rose Gold Ring
Unique Wedding Band//Unique Engagement Ring//Love Birds Ring//Birds in Trees Ring//Mens or Womens Wedding Ring//Size 6 Ring// Rose Gold Ring
ashhilton
$415.00 USD
Hand Engraving Upgrade for Necklaces
Hand Engraving Upgrade for Necklaces
ashhilton
$30.00 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
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
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
Distressed ethical white gold or sterling silver bangle, bracelet, stacking bangle.
Distressed ethical white gold or sterling silver bangle, bracelet, stacking bangle.
ashhilton
$95.00 USD
Distressed Ring Wedding Band, Engagement Ring, Matte White Gold, Modern 2mm 9ct white gold
Distressed Ring Wedding Band, Engagement Ring, Matte White Gold, Modern 2mm 9ct white gold
ashhilton
$185.00 USD
Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold 14ct rose ethical gold 8mm Rounded
Engagement Ring or Wedding Band in Ethical Matte Gold 14ct rose ethical gold 8mm Rounded
ashhilton
$695.00 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

2 Featured Comments

  • ladyeuphrosilie

    ladyeuphrosilie from ladyeuphrosilie said 2 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 2 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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