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 or combing the beaches, reading by the wood stove or writing in the sunshine.

My work is deeply inspired by the beauty intrinsic to the island in Lake Superior which I call my home, and my research into myself as well as studying the ancient texts and symbolism from cultures around the world. I take note of textures found in the woods surrounding my house and those created by the relationship between man and the elements. Living surrounded by the sparkle on the water, the vastness of an expanse, whale songs of ice being heaved together by the currents, longing silence in the depths of winter, the whispers of the wind through the skeletons branches, radiating moondogs, captivating northern lights, entire galaxies in the dark of night, crows singing in their ancient dialogue, the first smells of dirt in spring… captivating wonder of creation surrounds me, and both invites me and secludes me, causing wonder as to where I fit into this universe.

Simplicity & balance are what I am striving to achieve, in my life & In my work.


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