Gillian Hillman


After working for many years with precious stones Gillian has returned to an exploration of texture in metals. Altering and disturbing the play of light can redefine a piece and give it a whimsical and eye catching air. Japanese sword inlay alloys, such as shibuichi and shakudo, layered and inlaid to create unusual effects, have been subtly incorporated into her work. Interesting surface patterns, from brushed, to matt and finely grained, or scribed textures give her classic gold and silver designs a contemporary edge. Oxidised elements add depth and another dimension to her memorable pieces which have been enthusiastically collected for many years by jewellery lovers. Every now and then an amazing gem will appear, as her passion for beautiful stones such as opal, unusual sapphires, beryls and tourmalines has not abated. Rubies, diamonds and emeralds will periodically make an appearance as the design dictates.

Her simple, yet unusual designs have a longevity that is timeless. And there is a quirky air, eliminating the formality that so often accompanies precious stone jewellery.

Awards & Grants

1981 Ministry for the Arts Traineeship offer

1979 E.Puzsar Special Award for Jewellery RMIT

1977 Award Best 2nd Year Student RMIT Melbourne


1976 1977 Diploma of Art(Gold and Silversmithing Design) RMIT Melbourne

1979 1975 Bachelor of Economics – Monash University Melbourne Applied


Gillian has been involved in group & solo exhibitions of her work since graduating from art school. She has had a solo exhibition at Makers Mark , Melbourne in 1985 & another at Alliance Francaise in St Kilda in 2012 as well as taking part in many group exhibitions around the country in the intervening years. Her private practice has been operating for more than 30 years.

Professional Practice

1989-present Studio/Workshop in St Kilda

1982-1988 Studio at Meat Market Craft Centre, North Melbourne




 Calcite, Mother of pearl and lemon quartz necklace RRP $910

Sterling silver ring with Amber RRP $450

Sterling silver pendant with jadeite and Akoya pearl RRP $895

Carnelian bead necklace RRP $360

Sterling silver and aquamarine necklace RRP $385

Sterling silver and carnelian earrings RRP $205

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