This has been a crazy week and it’s not even Fashion Week / Campaign season yet!
I really wanted to have the time to sit and write this post, as I’m really excited to share it. Last Saturday I had the chance to go see Hilary Park’s new Spring 2012 Collection “Divination” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She showcased the collection in her store/workspace and it is gorgeous! Definitely worth checking out if you are in the hood.
I had a chance to speak with Hilary about her collection and learn a bit about her journey on becoming a jewelry designer/goldsmith. Her story is like many, working a corporate job with financial security but your soul hungers for more. After 13 years of working on Wall Street, losing her job in 2008, she decided to turn her passion into her career (I really admire this quality in people).
When I asked her what drew her to the goldsmith profession in particular, she stated, “I’m a fire sign, I like working with fire and heat” (as most of us know, there are four classic elements which make up the nature of the universe: earth, water, fire and air). In addition to her handcrafted jewelry, Hilary offers Indian astrology readings and direction on the power of certain stones to help alleviate afflictions in your life whether it’s career, love or money. As a result, this other passion reveals itself in her designs. I could literally sit and talk to her for hours and pick her brain on her thoughts about my sign but I will have to return for that session. She realizes not everyone believes “in the power of stones” but invites her clients to try them because although she can’t say “…why they work, THEY WORK.” Honey, I’ll wear any rock that invites positivity and money (nyc livin’ ain’t cheap!).
Her designs are based on nature, travel and of course, the zodiac system. Although most of the jewelry you see is in silver, she will create any piece in gold and welcomes custom designs. I was especially drawn to the intricate cuffs hand-fabricated from a single sheet of metal!
I want to show more images but I don’t want to spoil all the fun! Check out her website to learn more about Hilary and her fabulous jewelry. They are conversation starters and pieces you will have in your collection for life. Plus, the benefit of possible amour, money, protection or whatever your heart desires is a definite INEEDITNOW moment. Don’t forget to spread the word to your fellow jewelry lover friends! Who doesn’t love a bit of karma?