S.O. resident designs custom-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces

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carole-rosnerBY CAROLE ROSNER

Sherman Oaks resident Hillary Heydle is a true artisan.  Having  always enjoyed working with her hands, from lovingly sewing “healing quilts” for friends and family to outfitting an assortment of wacky characters as a costume designer on “Saturday Night Live” —  Hillary overflows with creativity.  And for the last 14 years, she has turned a jewelry-making hobby into a full-fledged business.

Light grey pearl neckace

Light grey pearl neckace

What inspired her to make custom jewelry? “It started when I saw the 1996 movie, “Tin Cup,” with Kevin Costner and Rene Russo.  Rene was wearing this wonderful pearl necklace in that movie, and I thought, ‘I could make that!’” So she signed up for a wire-wrapping class at a local bead shop and has not stopped sketching, molding, casting and creating ever since.

Chakra Pearl fringe double wrap necklace.

Chakra Pearl fringe double wrap necklace.

“Hillary is a magic woman,” exclaims  customer Breon Gorman when  asked what she likes about Hillary’s jewelry. She explained that Hillary works very closely with her clients and really gets a sense of their desires and needs.  “I always thought jewelry was a nuisance that you had to worry about, but not now. I wear one of her necklaces every day. I feel naked without it.”

Yolanda Zackler, another faithful customer says, “She is a gifted artist that appeals to and complements women of all ages.”

Silver pedigree earring

Silver filigree with white topaz earrings.

Each elegant piece Hillary creates is one-of-a-kind. She believes precious and semi-precious stones have “energy”, and she uses them in her pieces for specific reasons. Aquamarine (her favorite) is used for its soothing and calming properties; Moonstone, often thought of as a stone for new beginnings, is known for its balance and energy flow; and green Amethyst (also called prasiolite) is known to attract prosperity by strengthening the mind and emotions. Hillary recently created a line of Chakra-inspired pieces which incorporate jewels representing the seven Chakra colors (the same colors of the rainbow) into bracelets and necklaces.

Hillary’s inspirations come from her love of nature, vintage clothing, old movies and iconic symbols, and she interprets them in an elegantly abstract way. She casts everything and anything into gold and silver charms, including flowers, leaves, buttons and even the pattern on an old teapot and a fork she found at a thrift store.


Hillary creates custom-made designs or she can mix and match charms and gems to create a one-of-a-kind piece.

Hillary has a legion of fans that come back to her time and time again. “I can’t not buy from Hillary.Every piece of jewelry she creates is unique and gorgeous. From the simple strand to the multi-strand beads and chains, she puts her heart and soul into making wearable, glamorous pieces of art. I actually feel better when I wear her jewelry,”  said repeat customer Janice Sloan.

Ribbon, rose, aqua and prehnite.

Ribbon, rose, aqua and prehnite.

Custom-made pieces take about a week to complete and have an average price of $75 for a wire-wrapped 21″ necklace or bracelet. Pairs of earrings average $40. Hillary has an assortment of wonderful designs on hand and can mix and match charms, precious and semi-precious jewels and chains in her backyard studio. She often turns discarded hidden-away necklaces and rings into wearable, modern jewelry which gives their owners new ways to wear old memories.


Rings are wire-wrapped and feature a variety of precious and semi-precious stones.

With the holidays right around the corner, Hillary will be hosting a series of open houses in November and December which will include her jewelry as well as some other local artists’ works. If you just can’t wait, her website is always open at www.hillaryheydle.com.

Hillary Heydle

Hillary Heydle

Hillary Heydle Jewelry offers a 15% discount to My Daily Find readers.


Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

About Karen Young

Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.