Have it your way! Semi-custom jewelry by Hileman Silver Jewelry

You have scoured the internet and local jewelry stores looking for that perfect piece of jewelry but just can’t quite seem to find it.  Working with a jeweler to create a “custom” piece of jewelry might seem like too daunting of a task.  The extra time involved and costs incurred to create a custom piece may also be prohibitive if you are short on time or on a limited budget.  What if you could get involved in the design process of your jewelry by  selecting the color of the inlay stones used, as well as the arrangement of the stones, to create a semi-custom piece of jewelry just for you at no additional charge?   Hileman Silver Jewelry will work with you to do just that.  We will guide you through the design process and advise you on which stones are appropriate for your chosen casting style and if any of the stones selected are an upgrade.

All of our sterling silver jewelry is easily customized to our customer’s inlay color choices or arrangement.  Every style ring, pendant, bracelet or earring casting is a blank canvas with almost unlimited choices of colored stones to inlay in the combination of your choice.  If the jewelry piece has a faceted gemstone to accent the inlay and you want to change the color scheme, a different color stone of equal value may be substituted for the original.  Additional charges are only charged if the accent stone or the inlay material is an upgrade to a more expensive stone.

You might notice our style numbers on some of our jewelry descriptions.  The style numbers only designate the casting/mounting used and not the inlay material used or its arrangement.  Here are some examples of our gent’s ring style “M200” and the different inlay color combinations we have done recently.  As you can see the look and feel of the ring changes dramatically with the inlay color and pattern variations.

Here is the M200 ring casting inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal.  This is one of our most popular color combinations for our men’s rings.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal

Sterling silver ring inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal

Another option available is inlaying the entire ring with all the same material such as all dinosaur bone, lapis or spider web turquoise like these three rings.

Man's sterling silver ring inlaid with all lapis.

Sterling silver man’s band with blue lapis inlay.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with gem dinosaur bone.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with gem dinosaur bone.

Sterling silver man's ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise

Sterling silver man’s ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise

A combination of inlay materials is also an option.  Here are a couple of multi-color examples.Sterling silver ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise, black onyx and lapis.

Man's sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite, gem silica and spiderweb turquoise

Man’s sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite, gem silica and spiderweb turquoise

As you can see there are many different colors of stones to choose from and many multicolored combinations.  Let us know your color preferences and we can suggest stones that work well together.  Most semi-custom orders can be completed in 2 to 4 weeks.  In most cases it is easier to discuss and complete these orders by phone to clear up any possible questions or concerns before beginning work on the order or taking payment.  Please visit our website for more information about Hileman Silver Jewelry and see photos of our jewelry.  www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com

Gilson created opal makes for a stunning pendant

Sterling silver pendant inlaid with Gilson created opal and onyx

Sterling silver pendant inlaid with Gilson created opal and onyx

Last week we were trying to decide what inlay materials to use to create a unique contemporary pendant for a special customer.  After some thought Mark decided to break out some Gilson created opal that he purchased thirty years ago and had only used a few times since then.  The result was a very striking pendant with Gilson opal so bright you would think that there had to be a bulb in it.  Because Australian opal inlay is our specialty, we rarely use man-made opal.  In this case, natural opal of this quality would be far too costly to inlay in a sterling silver pendant, so Gilson opal was a logical choice.  We were so pleased at how this pendant came out, you might be seeing more pieces with the Gilson created opal inlay in the future.  There are differences in the quality of other lab grown opal and Gilson created opal.  The Gilson created opal was invented by Pierre Gilson of France in 1974 and is considered by many gemologists to be the world’s finest laboratory grown opal. The growth process takes from 14 to 18 months, and the colors are natural with no treatment or enhancements. Its unique properties and brilliance set Gilson opal apart from all other man-made opal. Unlike natural opal which contains 3 to 21% water, Gilson opal contains no water. Gilson created opal is much tougher than natural opal and is not prone to breaking or cracking. 

If you would like more information about this Gilson opal pendant or if you want to order one go to  http://www.shop.hilemansilverjewelry.com/Silver-pendant-inlaid-with-red-Gilson-opal-and-onyx-P400ssGilOpalOnyx.htm

-John Hileman

Are those real or fake?

Diamond and Australian opal band

Diamond and Australian opal band

Are those real or fake?  We are talking opals here.  Recently I was walking through a craft fair and stopped at a booth with a rather large display of silver jewelry.  I noticed that the inventory was divided into four or five color groups of “opals”.  I knew at first glance that it was not real opal, but thought I would ask the woman behind the counter what the beautiful stone was.  She responded that it was opal.  Not lab created opal or simulated opal- just opal.  I picked up a pendant and looked it over and noticed the mediocre craftmanship and totally uniform pattern of the “opal” as well as the $30 price tag.  Anyone who knows anything about opal knows that you can’t make a large pendant with genuine opal inlay for $30.  There was a good 3 or 4 hours of work in the piece as well, which I am assuming had to be made in China for that price.  What bothers me most is that this woman was selling this garbage between a great display of handmade raku jewelry and another man selling his nice fused glass pieces.  Not only was she misrepresenting the fake opal as real, but she was also projecting the image that she was a craftsperson or artist.  Please don’t support people selling this misrepresented junk jewelry as their craft.  There are a lot of talented people out there trying to make a living selling their art, their passion and their dream that deserve your support.   Buy handmade!

-John Hileman

Here comes the bride (and the groom)!

Sterling silver his and hers handmade wedding ring set inlaid with Australian opal.

Sterling silver and white sapphire his and hers handmade wedding ring set inlaid with Australian opal

Hileman Silver Jewelry’s focus lately has been on creating an alternative to mass produced, cookie cutter wedding ring sets. We have created several his and hers wedding sets in sterling silver featuring white sapphires, black diamonds and blue sapphires for the center stones. We have accented them with inlaid black onyx, Australian opal and bright blue lapis.   So far, the new handmade wedding sets have received rave reviews, so we are working to expand our color palette and introducing a few more style choices. Look for several new wedding band sets to hit our shop page in the next week or two. Buy handmade!
Mark

Check out the new wedding set at  http://www.shop.hilemansilverjewelry.com/Wedding-Rings_c7.htm

Welcome to Hileman Jewelry’s blog!

Amethyst sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite and Australian opal.

Amethyst sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite and Australian opal.

Hello and welcome to Hileman Jewelry’s blog!  We are a small family business consisting of Mark, John and Matt Hileman.  We all have our parts we play in the production of our jewelry designs and company operations.  We produce two lines of jewelry.  Our gold line consists of rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces inlaid with the finest Australian opal.  The opal line is available in upscale galleries and jewelry stores across the country.  The silver line is sold via our direct sales site http://www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com  It features sterling silver inlaid with turquoise, sugilite, Australian opal, dinosaur bone and other colorful stones.

Our blog will hopefully be informative to those interested in specific designs we are working on and educational to consumers looking for more information about the jewelry design and manufacturing process.  This is our first attempt at blogging so please forgive us as we attempt to get things rolling.