flame & stone

one woman operation

My name is Hilary Nelson. I live& work out of my home studio on Madeline Island. Each piece is designed and hand fabricated by me using a wide variety of techniques and tools I have collected over the years of practicing this ancient craft. When I am not in the shop, you can find me cuddling with my 2 children & husband, running trails with my dogs, meditating on my mat, digging in the dirt, paddling on The Lake, boating & combing the beaches, reading by the wood stove or writing in the sunshine.

My work is greatly inspired by the beauty intrinsic to the part of the world I call my home. I love the textures found in nature and those created by the relationship between man and the elements. The sparkle on the water, the vastness of a large body of water, the whale song of ice being pushed by the currents, the longing silence of winter, the whispers of the spirits in the trees, radiating moondogs & captivating northern lights, the ancient wisdom of the crows chatting, the first smells of dirt in spring… there is organic beauty all around us.


In the day and age of mass production, and all things made in China, it is time we savor and relish in that which is handmade.

All of my pieces are designed and hand fabricated by my two hands in my home studio.  I occasionally use pre fabricated findings, such as clasps and pin backs, where I believe these will benefit the longevity and safe keeping of the piece.  Other than that, when at all possible, I make it.

style & quality

My style is in a constant state of evolution, but errs on the rustic and organic side of statement jewelry.  My finishes are brushed, not high shine, and carry a lovely patina on the surface to enhance the textures I find so deliciously satisfying to create in metal.  My work is made sturdy to withstand the test of time as well as to create a sense of timelessness.

respect for artists

In the vast system of social media and commercial jewelry, many styles over lap.  I take great pride in trying to keep my pieces unique to me.  Please respect that these ideas and designs came from my mind, and my hands.

All rights reserved to flame & stone. Including but not limited to: all content on this site and all social media sites, all photos, all designs & ideas. 

Many of the photos on this site were taken by the magical Madeline Brown, please check out her work at :


Thank you for your respectful support.


Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
— Rumi