Followers of Montana-based Laurel Hill Jewelry were surprised to learn yesterday that the independent jewelry designer—whose rustic-chic aesthetics have been widely co-opted—is shuttering her jewelry business.
Hill, who works and lives in western Montana with her husband, three chickens, two cats, and a dog, sent a letter out to her email list saying she is ready to “release” the jewelry business to create space for her budding practice in human design, which is a system that “explains how you were built and how to best respond to the world—like a combination between astrology and Myers-Briggs,” according to Goop.
“It probably won’t come as a surprise to many of you,” Hill wrote. “It’s been such a gift for over a decade, but the actual business side, the production and fabrication, all the hundreds and thousands of tiny actions that go into maintaining this business, no longer feels aligned for me in the way it once did. A few years ago I knew I needed a shift and felt the waves of a huge transformation coming, but I had NO IDEA what it would look like, and the direction it’s taken is certainly beyond anything I could’ve imagined, but I’m SO GRATEFUL for the struggle that got me here. When I say ‘struggle,’ I’m not referring to any one thing in particular, but the overall feeling of being adrift without an anchor, feeling burnt out and unhappy doing the work I once loved, knowing that there’s something else out there but not knowing how to get there, or what I was even looking for. Or who the hell I’d be without the identity of ‘jewelry maker.’ “
She goes on to explain that the hardest part in coming to her decision was “surrendering to the process, living as a Projector with emotional authority, which is FAR from the way we’re taught to succeed in the world. The journey’s certainly not over, and it never is, and we’ll always need those struggles to challenge us into growth, but it feels like I’ve finally reached a bit of a resting place. Not the comfiest resting place, as there’s still so much that I want to bring in, but at least a small perch on the side of the mountain I’m climbing. And I’m beyond happy about helping others get to their own comfy perches.”
Hill ends with a smiling offer to unsubscribe from her email list “if you were here for the jewelry.”
We at JCK are wishing the designer the best of luck in her new endeavors (and we will not be unsubscribing from her email list…just in case).
Photo: Labradorite and brass necklace from Laurel Hill Jewelry (all photos courtesy Laurel Hill Jewelry)