Sitting at her kitchen table with a few beads and a dream, Saskatchewan designer and entrepreneur Rachel Mielke founded Hillberg & Berk in 2007. Using only the finest semi- precious stones and metals, freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals sourced from around the world, her handcrafted, artisan jewellery line is designed to last throughout time. Along with each season’s collection of jewellery, Hillberg & Berk also carries a beautiful array of luxury diamond rings, earrings and necklaces by well-known brand Tacori.
In addition to designing and selling jewellery, Hillberg & Berk is a huge supporter of charities that empower women. To date, they have contributed over $500,000 to both national and international organizations assisting women in their pursuit of greatness. These causes include the Somali Women’s Scholarship Program, Global Enrichment Foundation, Miss Representation, Dizzy Feet Foundation, International Centre for Research on Women and the Malala Fund.
In 2013, Rachel was bestowed a prestigious honour when she was commissioned by the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan to design a brooch for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To date, the Queen has worn the brooch on four occasions. The Queen is only one of the growing number of celebrities who love Hillberg & Berk’s work, including Carrie Underwood, Sarah McLachlan, Michelle Obama, Barbara Walters and Celine Dion.
We believe every woman should possess self-confidence, an optimistic outlook on life and several pieces of beautiful jewellery that she truly loves.
Practicality is also carried throughout the design philosophy of Hillberg & Berk. Many pieces can be worn several different ways, allowing for individualism and simple day-to-evening transition.
All collection jewellery is hand-crafted and created to be durable, functional, bold and classic. We believe that when people purchase our collection jewellery, they are making an investment in quality. For this reason, we warranty the Hillberg & Berk line for five years.
We are accountable to the community that fosters and supports our growth. Whether that community is local, national or worldwide, we make it part of our mandate to give back to organizations that help cultivate a brighter future for all.
Rachel Mielke is undeniably an inspiration to young entrepreneurs everywhere. By the age of 29, she had accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. She has been invited to attend the 2008 Pre-Oscar Luxury Gifting Lounge in Los Angeles , participated in the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s press and buyers breakfast, the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs) and the Geminis, just to name a few.
Rachel has also been featured in magazines such as Lou Lou, Fashion and Western Living, and has been spotted on Sweet Spot.ca, CTV News, Canada AM, Global TV and in newspapers internationally.
With awards and recognition including the Regina Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the YWCA’s Young Woman of Distinction, the Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan’s Emerging Business of the Year and the Business Development Bank of Canada’s 2011 Young Entrepreneur award, Rachel truly knows what it takes to make a small business a huge success.
After her success on the hit television series, CBC’s Dragons’ Den, she partnered with business mogul and philanthropist, W. Brett Wilson. Rachel’s company, Hillberg & Berk, is considered one of the most successful designer jewellery lines in Canada, and there is no end in sight for this brilliant young woman.
Rachel’s continued success spans beyond her encounter on Dragon’s Den. She is a marketing and branding guru, and has used her passion for guerrilla marketing techniques and strong insight in differentiating Hillberg & Berk from the competitors. Her business education and practical experience has allowed her to deliver a substantial message with a youthful vibrancy that will leave any audience inspired.