Wednesday, December 10, 2008
If you live in or near Brentwood California, I've got great news: Pamela Froman will be at Broken English Fine Jewelry in the Brentwood Country Mart this Thursday through Saturday!
You can find Pamela Froman's unique creations at Broken English year-round, but this weekend you can meet the designer and see collections that the store does not normally carry! In fact, Pamela will have her brand new Ombre Crush collection with her, which doesn't officially hit stores until 2009!! This is the perfect opportunity to find that special piece for the jewelry collector in your life (even if that jewelry collector is you!)
Monday, December 1, 2008
It's that time of year again, and I'd like to invite you to Pamela Froman's annual Holiday Sale Event! This year is extra-special so, if you'll be in the Los Angeles area, we'd love to see you there!!
The Event will be held this weekend at JP Studios on Wilshire Blvd, December 6th and 7th from Noon-6pm, and we are pleased to announce that we will have a Special Guest Speaker on Saturday the 6th: Kim Colwell from the Shambhalla Institute will be giving an inspiring interactive lecture entitled, "Revitalize Your Life, Transform Your Environment." Sunday is kid-friendly; we will have a play area set up, so feel free to bring the whole family!
And of course, Pamela Froman's unique fine jewelry will be on display both days. To share the joy of winning the coveted Town & Country Couture Design Award (the "Oscar" of the fine jewelry world,) Pamela is offering a 20% discount on anything purchased at the event! Attendees will also get a sneak peek at Pamela's brand new "Ombre Crush" Collection, which won't hit stores until 2009! This should be a lot of fun, and we hope to see you there!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
As a part of this year’s AGTA Spectrum Awards™, in conjunction with the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (JCOC), AGTA introduced the new Consumer’s Choice Honors Awards, and the results are in! One winning style, selected by JCOC consumer panel members, was identified in each of the five categories of the traditional AGTA Spectrum Awards™. Pamela Froman won top honors in the Business/Day Wear category which, with over 120 entries, was the largest and most competitive.
The winning piece was Pamela’s stunning one-of-a-kind “Pearl Melange” Slide Necklace, a creative combination of 18k Pink, 18k White, and 18k Green “Crushed” Gold, featuring beautiful natural-color Tahitian and South Sea Pearls with Diamond Accents. (see above) Pamela’s signature colors of 18k Gold perfectly complement the blue-grey, green-grey, and blushing-gold colors of the pearls, and the diamonds “dripping” down the sides of each pearl add a glamorous sparkle. Due to the popularity of this piece, Pamela is now hunting for the perfect pearls to make a new version, which will also be a one-of-a-kind.
“The consumer is the most important voice in the jewelry industry and their opinion affects everything we do,” MVI President Liz Chatelain said. “We are excited by the choices our JCOC panelists have made and we congratulate the creative minds behind the winning jewelry designs.” “The addition of consumer research to the Spectrum Awards has provided us with insight into what consumers desire,” added Douglas K. Hucker, CEO of AGTA. “We are thrilled with the results and look forward to presenting the Consumer’s Choice Honors award to our talented winning designers.” The Consumer’s Choice Honors award will be presented at the fabulous 25th Annual Spectrum Awards Gala this coming February in Tucson, AZ.
JCOC, a division of MVI Marketing Ltd., provides the press, finance, fashion, gem, jewelry, and retailing industries with fast, effective, and powerful market intelligence about jewelry products and the end-consumer. The JCOC is an e-panel of over 100,000 North American consumers who represent all ages, genders, income levels, buying categories, and geographic regions. To learn more about this study, visit www.jcoc.info, or contact Liz Chatelain at (805) 239-2994 x104; email email@example.com. MVI Marketing Ltd. is THE Market Intelligence Company for the worldwide gem, jewelry and watch industries.
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™, considered the most respected and prestigious creative award for the design industry, has been honoring artistic excellence for over two decades. One of AGTA's biggest contributions in the promotion of color has come from its AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge Awards competitions, launched in 1984 and 1991, respectively. Spectrum recognizes the innovative use of natural gemstones and cultured pearls in finished fine jewelry design. Cutting Edge honors creativity in lapidary arts, including faceted gems and pearls, carvings, and objects of art. AGTA promotes both collections in the media on the trade and consumer levels.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Pamela Froman's gorgeous new Ombre Sparkle Chandelier Earrings were featured in the November/December 2008 issue of InDesign Magazine! Cathy Tivol of Tivol in Kansas City, MO, selected these unique earrings for her contribution to the Sales Pitches section of the magazine, which is geared toward fine jewelry retailers. If you'd like to read the article, I've retyped it below:
Varied finishes, high-karat gold and unique materials help your customers make their own personal statements in earring looks.
PRODUCT DETAILS: Ombre Sparkle Chandelier Earrings in 18k Yellow and Pink Crushed Gold with Diamonds
CATHY TIVOL'S PITCH: "These earrings are so interesting in their use of textures and unique combination of golds. The pink and yellow gold combined together in the Crushed finish with the spark of diamonds is perfect if you admire and desire originality in design. If you tend to like to stand apart from the crowd, these gems would be a great addition to your jewelry wardrobe."
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The Fall/Winter issues of Accent Magazine just came out, and their special Accent Advisor section features unique mixed-color gold bangles by Pamela Froman! Accent Advisor is sort of like a "Dear Abby" column for fine jewelry lovers. In this issue, the Advisor answers the question, "Can I combine and wear different colored gold tones at one time?"
Answer: Definitely. Over the past few seasons, we have seen more and more high karat yellow gold as well as rose gold, which both look refreshingly sophisticated. If you haven't yet added one or both of these colors to your white gold jewelry wardrobe, it's time to mix it up! Wear pendants in all three tones or wear a large medallion in rose gold on a white or yellow statement link chain. Bangles in varying sizes and shapes look great when piled on in two or three tones with diamond accents, as do stackable rings. Wear a bold retro link chain in yellow gold next to your white or pink gold watch. In jewelry right now, mixing things up is the rule - not the exception. So have fun and personalize your own unique style.
Accent chose a stack of assorted Pamela Froman "Crushed Bangles" to illustrate their point. The Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry Collection also includes tri-color pendants/necklaces, stack rings, statement rings, earrings and bracelets. Here is a taste of her "Crushed Melange" Collection:
If you're not quite ready to wear three colors together, have no fear: Pamela's brand new "Ombre Crush" Collection combines 18k Pink & Yellow Gold, which allows you to gradually mix a little pink into your yellow gold jewelry wardrobe. Here are a few pieces from this beautiful new collection:
Accent, the magazine of luxury living, is a special magazine published by members of the Luxury Jewelers Resource Group: Bachendorf's - Dallas, TX; Bruce G. Weber - Tulsa, OK; Carl Greve Jewelers - Portland, OR; Diamond Cellar - Columbus, OH; Donoho's - Houston, TX; Fink's Jewelers - Roanoke, VA; Hamilton Jewelers - New Jersey and Florida; Hyde Park Jewelers - Denver, Phoenix and Las Vegas; Lee Michaels Jewelers - Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi; London Jewelers - Long Island, NY; Lux Bond & Green - Connecticut and Massachusetts; Mann’s Jewelers - Rochester, NY; Tapper’s Diamonds and Jewelry - West Bloomfield, MI; Tivol Jewelers - Kansas City, MO
Each issue is tailored for the individual retailer, with special sections like Accent Advisor appearing in every issue. Not all of these stores carry Pamela Froman but, if you ask your fine jewelry retailer to contact us, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry may soon be available in your favorite jewelry store!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I was just searching the net for fun and saw my name in a snippet of a Canadian magazine article! I thought that was pretty cool, so I investigated further and found the pdf of Canadian Jeweller where you can flip through the whole magazine online. I started scanning through the pages, kind of zoning out, and all of a sudden I see my face (really big!) staring at me from the contents page. Weird?! So I went to page 40 (the number next to my face) and there's my photo again with a nice article entitled "Industry Looks Out for Pamela Froman" (retyped below.) Very flattering, but I wish they'd shown some photos of my jewelry! Anyway, I decided to do a little more google-ing and I found my work was recently in 2 other Canadian magazines: the August '08 & October '08 issues of Jewellery Business Magazine (shown below.) Apparently, I'm a hit in Canada! Now I just need to get my work into Canadian stores...
According to one of the panel members, World Gold Council's Duvall O'Steen, "Pamela has literally reinvented tri-color gold. [Her pieces] are unlike anything else on the market." Another panel member, Reinhold Jewelers owner, Marie Helene Morrow, says, "Pamela doesn't overlap with any other designers. Her hand-hammered technique is completely different and unique to her. These pieces are extremely versatile and can be worn every day and for any occasion."
Froman began her career in Paris, designing jewellery for top European couturier salons. She was awarded the title of "Rising Star" when she debuted her collection of fine jewellery at the 2006 JCK Show in Las Vegas. Froman hand-selects exquisite diamonds, unique gemstones and rare pearls, pairing them with platinum, 22k and distinct colours of 18k gold to create her unique pieces.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Check out Pamela's latest crushed gold wedding and engagement ring designs in "The Ring Issue", the Fall 2008 edition of Inside Weddings Magazine!
Friday, October 10, 2008
This fall, be sure to check out the new fashion reality show from the people who brought you America's Next Top Model! Stylista is an Apprentice-meets-Devil Wears Prada series that will debut on October 22 at 9pm, directly after it's popular sister series, Top Model. The show stars Anne Slowey, a fashion director at Elle and real-life Miranda Priesley, who will put 11 candidates through the ringer as they vie for a coveted editorial position with the popular fashion magazine.
Pamela flew to New York earlier this year to style Ms. Slowey for a few of the episodes. So, while you're watching Anne pick apart the enthusiastic underlings, try to keep an eye out for Pamela Froman's signature Crushed creations adorning the newly dubbed "Queen of Mean."
Monday, September 29, 2008
The October issue of Town & Country Magazine just came out, and this is the one that features the winners of the Couture Design Award! If this is your first time reading our blog, this summer Pamela was awarded the Town & Country Couture Design Award for "Best of Gold", which is the equivalent of winning an Oscar in the world of fine jewelry. We're still so excited that Pamela was honored with such a prestigious award!
The collage of images (above) shows Pamela Froman with Town & Country Editor Pamela Fiori, T&C Publisher Jim Taylor, and Vice President of Couture Lee Arevian. You can also see front and back images of her award-winning piece, the "Gothic Harlequin Cross."
Monday, September 15, 2008
A roving photographer took snapshots of the attendees, which were distributed throughout the night (see our picture above,) and there were even a couple of caricature artists, so Jilienne and I had our cartoony portrait drawn! (See below.) We were served a four-course dinner while a great band played, and there was dancing later. There was also a silent auction set up outside the ballroom, with proceeds going to Jewelers for Children. It was a great night, but the highlight of the evening had to be listening to Herb Bridge, "Mr. Downtown", being honored with the Excellence in Service Award.
A few of my snapshots from the night:
Paula Crevoshay & Martin Bell
Hayle Henning & Erica Courtney
Our alter egos, shopping up a storm
drawn by Mario Jackson
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Pamela has always loved working in 18k Pink Gold, but National Jeweler Magazine just announced that pink is going to be the "It" color for gold this holiday season! I've transcribed some of the article entitled Pink gold has a rosy outlook for the holidays, from the magazine's September issue:
Internationally recognized fashion, color and trend forecaster David Wolfe, creative director for the Doneger Group, New York, says rose gold jewelry is the perfect complement to fashion's soft new shades for fall/winter and spring/summer, which are replacing brights, neutrals, and black. "We certainly havent had pretty, soft, feminine color in fashion for almost a decade," Wolfe says. "That's over. The new soft colors - pinks, lavendars, mauves, blues and turquoises - are calming. They're a bit like tranquilizers for the current psychological mood of the times, heightened and fragile with worries about the economy, the environment and the war."
One of the reasons Pamela loves using Pink Gold is because it looks great on so many different skin tones. There are many variations of pink (some more purple, some more red, some more orange...) but Pamela works specifically with a peachy-toned color that is especially flattering. Medical esthetician and celebrity makeup artist Joanna Rolleczek was also interviewed for this article, and she had this to say:
"...softer color palettes are particularly complementary to women over 40, whose skin tends to grow sallow and more yellow over time..."
Whatever your age, the earrings selected to illustrate this article, Pamela's "Eternal Scroll Sparkle Hoops" from the new Ombre Crush Collection, are perfect for this coming trend. In fact, any piece from the Warm Ombre Crush Collection, which combines 18k Pink and 18k Yellow Gold in each design, would help you warm up your yellow gold wardrobe with a little pink!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Our trip in Sun Valley was great! Jay & Hudson went with me and we were able to have some fun in between the Jensen Stern trunk show. The show was great and I got to meet a lot of nice people, and the popularity of my hoops doesn't seem to be slowing down. On a personal note we got to take the lift up to the top, where the view was insanely beautiful after walking around on the mountain top we then saw thunder and we were not aloud to take the lift down so we all got shuttled in pick-up trucks down the windy road. We also had a wonderful picnic listening to the symphony, and Hudson had a great time dancing and being silly.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I am on my way to Sun Valley Idaho, which is just as beautiful in the summer as it is in winter. If you haven't been you should definitely check it out. I'm doing a Personal Appearance/Trunk Show at a fabulous store called Jensen Stern this Friday and Saturday, so if you're in the area, stop by and say hi! The best part is that my husband Jay and my little one Hudson are joining me so, it's not all business, we are going to have some family fun too! I will tell you all about it when I get back....
Hugs & Crushes.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Pamela Froman was invited to participate in the Style LA Swim and Resort Fashion Show, which was held at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica on July 28th. Co-sponsored by the World Gold Council, this high-profile event was hosted by Kim Kardashian and her sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, who introduced the hottest spring/summer fashions from designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Perry Ellis, John Galliano, Gottex, Christian LaCroix, 575 Denim, Nina Ricci, Dolce & Gabbana, and more. Proceeds from this event benefit two worthy charities: Stop the Violence / Face the Music, and The Facial Paralysis Foundation.
Friday, July 18, 2008
As Pamela said, we've been crazy busy lately, and I apologize for not keeping up with the blog over the past few weeks... but I absolutely had to let you know about Pamela's upcoming Trunk Show appearance at Chepita of Aspen! She will be in the store next Friday and Saturday (July 25th and 26th) and is bringing her brand new Ombre Crush Collection! If you're going to be in Aspen next week, be sure to stop in and say Hi! Of course, you can stop by Chepita anytime to shop their selection of Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry: Chepita is located at 525 East Cooper Avenue in Aspen, Colorado.
The image above is the ad that just ran in the Summer/Fall issue of Aspen Peak magazine. (Aspen Peak also included a shot of Pamela at her previous Chepita Trunk Show appearance in their Peekaboo section on p216!)
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I am so sorry Jilienne and I haven't been keeping up with our blog. We have been crazy busy since we have been back from the Couture Show. I am excited to tell you all about a new collection I launched at the show called "Ombre Crush". It comes in 2 color combos: Warm (18k yellow fading into 18k pink gold) and Cool (18k white, 18k green, 18k yellow and 22k gold.) It has gotten a great reaction and definitely is different than anything I have ever seen. Just in case some of you don't know what "ombre" means, here's a defenition: A French term meaning "shaded." Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect is either woven into the fabric (generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp) or achieved by applying a dip-dye process to an all-white fabric.
Coincidentally, this look has recently become a hot trend in clothes and accessories, it is especially cool in Prada's Ombre Patent Leather Tote!
Monday, June 9, 2008
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thank you to everyone who voted for Pamela in the online primaries!! As you know, your votes helped her to become a Finalist in the prestigious Town & Country Couture Design Awards, often referred to as the "Oscars of fine jewelry design." The Gold Category was arguably the most difficult category to compete in, with over 30 entrants, most of them very well-known, established design companies. The final voting was done by fine jewelry retailers and fellow jewelry designers at the Couture Show in Las Vegas, and the top three in each category were invited to an exclusive awards ceremony/cocktail party at the Wynn's club Blush. At the party, the names of the top three in the Gold Category were announced: "H. Stern... Calgaro... Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry... and the winner is... by popular demand... Pamela Froman!!" The crowd went wild as Pamela was led to the stage to accept her award and take photographs with the editor of Town & Country Magazine and a model wearing her piece! It was all so exciting!!!
P.S. - I had my camera with me and plan to post some snapshots I took at the event, so check back in a few days.
For more information on the 2008 Town & Country Couture Design Awards, click the link below to read Cindy Edelstein's blog post about the Awards: http://jewelrybusinessguru.typepad.com/blog/2008/06/towncountry-cou.html
Friday, May 23, 2008
First of all I want to thank all of you who voted for me in the "Town & Country Couture Design Awards". It worked I am a finalist, YEAH! So now they display my necklace in a vitrine at the show and the buyers vote at the show for the winner. I am very excited.
It has been a crazy couple of weeks getting ready for the Couture Show in Vegas. Jilienne and I don't know if we are coming or going. I did not get a chance to use some of my amazing stones I got in Tucson but, I have some cool new pieces debuting at the show. Some one of a kind pieces that are beautiful.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
"A new silhouette is gracefully dropping from fashionable ears. The three-dimensional pear drop earring is a fresh take on the briolette drop. These sleek shapes in metal are modern in feel and slender in silhouette. Descendants of Art Deco, they use texture and pattern to add interest. Best of all, they are universally flattering." --Cheryl Kremkow
"Is there anything more versatile than the stack ring? These brilliant bands can be wedding rings, eternity bands, or the finger version of the charm bracelet, ready to be mixed or matched to suit a woman's style. Each stackable ring encircles all these possibilities. ... Two can accompany a wedding ring, three's charming, and with four definitely more is more."
"Like potato chips, no one can stop at just one bangle. The bigger the stack, the better. And this season, it's all about the mix. Fashion-forward customers, following red carpet trends, are mixing thick and thin bangles in a variety of styles, metals, and materials. As one retailer recently told us, "our customers are stacking bangles up the arm." ... It's all about layering. Here are some of the great new bangles available this season, ready to be mixed into your own custom collection." --Cheryl Kremkow
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Pamela Froman has entered her one-of-a-kind "Gothic Harlequin Cross" (see above) in the Gold Category of the annual Town & Country Couture Design Awards. This year, the Awards tap the power of the Internet and get you directly involved in who gets to display their designs at Couture. This round of "primary" voting will be done online to determine the finalists in each of the twelve categories. We would absolutely love it if you took a moment to cast your vote for Pamela! The top finalists in each category will have their products displayed at Couture 2008, May 27th to June 2nd at the Wynn Las Vegas, and Couture attendees will vote from among the finalists on site to determine final winners for each category.
So, if you love jewelry and want to see the industry's most creative and innovative work, go to http://www.couturedesignawards.com to cast your vote.
Monday, May 5, 2008
A pair of Pamela's "Harlequin Stud" earrings were borrowed a few months ago for a Neutrogena ad starring their new spokeswoman Diane Lane. I haven't seen the actual ad yet, but I found this behind-the-scenes video on YouTube. The earrings are small, but if you look closely, you can spot them! (In case you missed it, I took a screenshot of the paused video and circled them for you.)
These "Harlequin Stud" earrings are 22k Gold and 18k White Gold with Rose-Cut Diamonds.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
InDesign Magazine's May 2008 issue arrived in the mail today, featuring a story called "Generation Next: 10 jewlery designers to watch in 2008." These 10 Designers, of which Pamela Froman is one, were selected by a panel of top fine jewelry retailers and industry experts. According to InDesign's contributing editor Beth Bernstein, these panelists are like baseball scouts searching for the next Babe Ruth; they are continually on the hunt for emerging heavy hitters of jewelry design.
The article reads:
Texture and unique mixes (and colors) of metals form Pamela Froman's design aesthetic. Her collection is comprised of limited edition pieces and handmade chains in [18k gold] 22k gold and platinum -- no two pieces are ever identical. Most of the collection is finished with a hammered technique called "Crushed." Additionally, Froman has developed specific colors of 18k yellow, pink and green gold, often blending all three into one piece. The flowing nature of scrolls and the inherent beauty of high quality gemstones also figure prominently into her collection. Froman launched her collection in 2004 after working in Paris, designing jewelry for top fashion salons Courreges, Guy Laroche, and Valentino.
(The article mentioned how Pamela often blends three colors of 18k gold into one piece, but they only showed pieces from her "Scroll Crush Collection", and none from her tri-color "Crushed Melange Collection". So, I decided to insert a picture into this post: Pamela's Crushed Melange Eternity Band, made of 18k Pink, 18k Green, and 18k White Crushed Gold with Diamonds, is a good example of her mixed color designs.) ~~~
The following is what some of the panelists had to say about Pamela Froman:
Cory Courtney (of Andrisen Morton in Denver, CO):
Pamela Froman has already done a good job with marketing her collection with her "Get Crushed" slogan for her unique hammering and satin finish. Her collection is memorable and daring, yet also extremely wearable. The pieces are equally appealing to classic or cutting edge customers due to the master craftsmanship.
Duvall O'Steen (of the World Gold Council):
Pamela has literally reinvented tri-color gold. Her innovative process for combining yellow, [green,] white and rose gold produces intriguing pieces that are truly unlike anything else on the market.
Marie Helene Morrow (of Reinhold Jewelers in San Juan, Puerto Rico):
Pamela doesn't overlap with any other designers. Her hand hammered technique is completely different and unique to her. These pieces are extremely versatile and can be worn every day and for any occasion.
Scott Rudd (of Scheherazade in Edina, MN):
Pamela Froman's pieces display the right mix of texture and gold techniques -- interesting and wearable without being overdone. There are other lines out there that use hammered and satin finishes, but not in the same refined way and with the same craftsmanship that Pamela displays. Yet, what makes these pieces saleable is that they aren't over the customer's head.