It is our first trip to Little Rock!! We are excite to be doing our first trunk show-
visit us at Kenneth Edwards Fine Jewelers this Friday & Saturday, at
The Promenade at Chenal 17717 Chenal Pkwy, H103. Looking forward to seeing you there and showing you all our goodies.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
We are proud to announce that Pamela won Women's Jewelry Association Dazzle Diva award for, "Best in Day Wear" for this 18k pink gold ring with an Australian opalized wood center stone surrounded by luscious pariaba tourmaline pave!! The ring is so cool in person, the center changes color with light!!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
We're excited to announce that Pamela Froman has won the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ in the Bridal Wear Gem Diva category! The winning entry is Pamela's lacy "Ice Princess" Cuff, made of Palladium set with 3.01ctw sparkling Diamonds, and featuring an adularescent 15ct Rainbow Moonstone cabochon. This stunning piece will make any woman feel like a princess, even if it's not her wedding day!
The annual AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Media Day was held October 22 and featured hundreds of jewelry and gemstone submissions from designers around the country. Attendees included top fashion/accessory editors from the trade and consumer press, stylists, and bloggers. Publications represented included Vogue, W, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Women’s Wear Daily, Marie Claire, Essence, NY Times Magazine, and many more.
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is the most respected and prestigious design competition in the jewelry industry. Launched in 1984, the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ honors, recognizes and promotes designers whose work utilizes natural colored gemstones. Gem Diva is a new category added to the 2013 Spectrum Awards; sponsored by the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA), one Gem Diva Award is given to a female designer in each of three categories: Bridal Wear, Evening Wear, and Business/Day Wear. Pamela is thrilled to be one of the three recipients chosen out of hundreds for the 2013 awards.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
We are excited to have Earthworks Los Altos now representing the Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry Collection. We will debut our our pieces at their store this Friday and Saturday October 5th and 6th.
Please come by and meet Pamela and let her show you all her beautiful jewelry and work with you one on one.
290 Main Street
Los Altos, Ca 94002
Sunday, September 30, 2012
The Aeroflot Russian Airlines magazine interviewed me for their on board magazine. (Isn't the model on the cover beautiful?!)
Now of course the article is in Russian. So I decided to include the interview questions with my answers. I don't know how much they used in it, but here is what they asked;
• Did you always want to be a jewelry designer? How did you start your career?
I began making jewelry as gifts for friends and relatives white attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for Fashion Design. The gifts were so well received that I made a small collection to sell at craft shows and street fairs and, at one of these shows, a large costume jewelry company approached me to design for them; I took this as a sign, and decided to change my major at FIT to Jewelry Design. After graduation, I traveled around Europe for the summer and fell in love with Paris! I ended up living there for 3 years, designing couturier jewelry collections for Courreges, Cacharel, Carita, and Guy Larouche.
• At what point did you decide to create your own brand?
As much as I enjoyed the challenge of creating for renowned designers, I needed to forge my own artistic path. I began creating pieces on the side for myself, and decided to enter the 2006 JCK Rising Star competition (which came with a booth at the JCK trade show in Las Vegas.) I won the competition, which labeled me a “Rising Star” in the jewelry industry, and Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry was officially born.
• What makes your jewelry different from other brands? How did you develop your signature style?
I think that my special 18k gold colors, and the way I mix the colors together in one piece, is what really distinguishes my brand. I spent a lot of time working with a metallurgist to develop these custom alloys, before launching my line. I also experimented with various tools to achieve the irregular texture I call "Crushed", and I had to create my own special finishing-wheel to get the right combination of not-too-matte-not-too-shiny finish that I wanted to achieve for my collection. All of this, combined with amazing unique gemstones, makes my jewelry stand out.
• How would you describe the style of your jewelry?
Versatile, Understated Glamour: I design with wearability in mind. I want my pieces to be worn, not locked away in a safe, and I believe my “Crushed” texture and satin finish paired with high quality diamonds, lends an understated glamour to the pieces that make them incredibly wearable; they can just as easily accessorize a pair of jeans as they can an evening gown.
• Do you do individual orders? Have you ever had any unusual ones?
I have done a few… usually it’s a custom engagement ring, but the oddest request I ever received was from someone who wanted me to plate their extracted wisdom tooth in my signature 18k green gold, and turn it into a necklace for their boyfriend!
• Do you think trends in jewelry are as important as trends in fashion?
There are definitely times when a piece of jewelry becomes more popular because of current fashion trends, such as the color of the gemstone being similar to Pantone's "Color of the Year", or maybe the style of the piece is reminiscent of an era being represented on the runways. But, I do think trends are less important in fine jewelry, maybe because gold and gemstones are longer-lasting than cloth and leather; I design my pieces to be timeless, not trendy, so they can be collected, passed down, and appreciated for generations.
• Which materials and stones do you like to work with?
I work primarily in 18k gold, and I feel that’s what I’m most known for. I also use 22k and Platinum from time to time, and I have just started working in Palladium. I love irregular surfaces, which is why most of my Collection is textured with a special technique I call “Crushed” (I use too many tools to simply call it hammered.) Combined with a Satin finish, this Crushed texture gives a much softer, more organic feel to the metal.
When it comes to gemstones, I believe “semi-precious” is a misnomer; all natural gemstones are precious to me. I especially love stones with irregularities that make them unique works of art, like labradorite, rainbow moonstone, opal, and tourmaline. I also love working with “rough” or “rustic” diamonds for the same reason: they’re so unique! However, the colorless diamonds I use are held to a higher standard: they are all brilliant-cut, F-G color, VS quality or better, so even the smallest diamonds have fabulous sparkle!
• Which pieces are your bestsellers?
My "Crushed Headlight" Hoops (in all sizes), "Cleopatra Sparkle" Ring, and multi-color "Get A Crush" Stackable Rings continue to be my best sellers, and I feel these are staples of my collection. Also, my one-of-a-kind and limited edition "Scroll Crush Cap" earrings have been very popular these last few years, especially in Green Onyx and Rainbow Moonstone, as well as my one-of-a-kind cocktail rings!
• Where do you get inspiration for your pieces?
I am inspired by Old-world European architecture, especially scrolly wrought iron gates, and the beautiful domes of St. Petersburg. I also find inspiration in fabrics and textures, and often the gemstones I choose influence the design.
• Your mother is a sculptor so being surrounded by art your whole life must have been an influence on you. In what ways?
Yes, I was always surrounded by art and artists, which was wonderful! In addition to being a sculptor, my mother was a fashion and shoe designer when I was growing up, and she influenced my decision to go to Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for Fashion Design, (although, as I mentioned before, I later changed my major to Jewelry Design.)
• Do you believe that jewelry can bring good or bad luck?
I don’t know if it's necessarily luck, but if a person is drawn to a piece of jewelry strongly enough to buy it, then I believe that good feeling will stay with them while they wear it.
• Do you have any favorite pieces of jewelry that you wear all the time? Do you generally wear a lot of jewelry?
On a daily basis, I wear 4 pieces of jewelry: My 2" 18k Yellow & Pink "Ombre Headlight Hoop" Earrings; the matching "Ombre Cleopatra Sparkle" Ring; and my 18k Yellow "Eternal Scroll Sparkle" Ring, which I wear on my thumb; the 4th piece changes, usually it's a fabulous new one-of-a-kind ring or cuff that I want to enjoy before it sells, sometimes a necklace.
• How would you describe your personal style?
I dress in Black a lot and would say my style is "cool chic", but my jewelry definitely brings the outfit together.
• What kind of women wear your jewelry?
The women who wear my jewelry are confident, with a strong sense of their own personal style, regardless of age. They each want to be seen as a unique individual, and their choice of jewelry reflects that desire. In short: If everyone’s wearing it, they're not interested.
• Who are your celebrity clients? Does having a strong celebrity following help you a lot in your work?
Halle Berry, Pamela Anderson, Diane Lane, Debra Messing, Whoopi Goldberg, Norah Jones, and Eva Mendes, are a few who have worn or purchased my work. I'll admit, it's thrilling to see images online of Halle wearing my hoops all over Los Angeles, but I don't know whether or not that's increased sales of my work to the general public. I'd like to think my customer's individual sense of style doesn't need to be validated by celebrity endorsement.
• In which parts of the word is your jewelry sold? And in which countries is it most popular?
My jewelry is sold all over the United States, parts of Canada, France and Russia. My most fabulous pieces (glamourous earrings, cocktail rings and statement necklaces) have been more popular in Russia, while the more casual day-to-night pieces are the best-sellers in the U.S.
• What are your plans for the future in terms of the collections and expansion of your brand?
For the collection, I have been expanding my popular "Ombre" color-way (a subtle combination of 18k Pink & Yellow), as well as adding more expensive gemstones, like Tanzanite and amazing specimens of Australian Opal. As for my brand, it has always been my plan to expand into a complete lifestyle brand: Pamela Froman Luxury, which will include designer home goods like light fixtures, handles for drawers and cabinets, perhaps handbags and belts, and I've always dreamed of collaborating with a watchmaker… so keep an eye out for Pamela Froman Luxury in the coming years!
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
If you are in Dallas come visit us September 13th-15th at Jerry Szor, a beautiful contemporary jewelry store and see our latest creations, and on September 14th we have a special treat; together with Betty Reiter's international renowned collection we will adorn her models for an informal fashion show.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Pamela Froman's gorgeous "Ombre Arabesque" Cuff (18k Pink & Yellow "Crushed" Gold with Diamonds and a Peach Moonstone cabochon center) was recently featured in Russian InStyle Magazine! Available at Je'Taime in Russia, this fabulous cuff can be ordered through our American retailers as well.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Just found out that we had three different pieces in Paola De Luca's 2012 Trendvision Jewellery and Forecasting! Leather Mania-Decorama-Intricate Joyaux.
Paola De Luca is the Creative Director of Trendvision Jewellery + Forecasting an independent Division of Fiera di Vicenza.
She coordinates PDLG Creative Intelligence, providing consulting creative services to the Jewellery and Watches sectors, with a Group of international talents focusing on: branding, design, product development and multi media productions.
In 2002 she co-founded with CRU publishing, TJF Group directing research and forecasting activities included TJF Magazine and TJF Trend Book. For ten years she made Forecasting services largely popular for the Fine jewellery sector.
She regularly runs seminars and educational programs around the globe.
She is a professor at the European Institute of Design and collaborates with the Politecnico of Milan.
As Creative Directors she coordinates projects such: Forecasting reports, research and competitive analysis focusing on product directions, educational programs focusing on the jewellery sector.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Switching from “Off” to “On” with Opal [excerpt*]
For well over a year, I’ve been thinking about opals—not Mexican fire opals, but all the others: precious white and black, Ethiopian and Australian, honey and seascape, and those cool pattern-y ones like jelly, matrix, and harlequin. Truthfully, until the past year-and-a-half-or-so, I hadn’t been thinking much about opals. For me, they just never ranked high up there as a personal style choice.
And, yes, I realize some people aren’t happy I’m saying that, but we all have our favorite gems, and then others we’re more lukewarm about. (Don’t we?) Maybe Sir Walter Scott’s 1929 novel, “Anne of Geierstein,” in which he wrote about opal as bringing bad luck to its owner, had something to do with it? Although probably not, as I’ve never been particularly superstitious.
Anyhow, of late, my position on opals has changed. Apparently, as more contemporary designers over the past year have embraced opals, I have, too. I’m fairly certain that the refreshing ways they’re working this “old” stone into jewelry are what’s made me take a closer look...
At Couture, I was impressed with Pamela Froman’s new designs based on October’s birthstone. For as long as I can remember, Froman’s been a fan of opals of all varieties, and she’s been working with a lot of Ethiopian opals, especially in her one-of-a-kinds. I especially love what she’s doing with opal matrix: taking the unusual, often complex pattern of an opal matrix and making it visually complementary to the unusual metalworking that’s signature to her jewelry. (Truly, it’s art, if ever I saw it.)
|"Scroll Crush Mommy Earrings" 18k Pink & Yellow Crushed Gold, featuring unique Australian Matrix Opal briolettes, with sparkling diamond accents; "Mommy" means the Scroll Studs can be worn without the drops.|
*This is an excerpt from the full article by Lorraine, which originally appeared on InStoreMag.com's Shine Blog.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
We saw that our fab store McCaskill & Company had an interesting fact on their facebook page: Opals can cut glass! We had never heard this, so we decided to try it while at a trunk show at Dolce Jewels in Telluride. Only Beau would have an extra opal and piece of glass lying around! Watch...
So cool that it actually works!
Pamela was filming on her iPhone and was the narrator's voice, you can hear me laughing in the background.
Monday, July 9, 2012
|Busy Trunk Show and Wine tasting...|
|New client-new friend, Stephanie wearing her new Black Diamond Necklace!|
|"Scroll Crush Medallion" in 18k yellow gold with black rose cut diamond center stone & white diamonds.|
Photos of Pamela & Stephanie; there was a discussion which looked better, eyes looking at camera or eyes looking off to one side. (Matt below with Beau) liked the one off to the side!
|Matt & Beau|
|Beau, Natalie & Jilienne|
|Beau & Catherine on Catherine's motorcycle that Beau is dreaming of owning!|
|Beautiful Catherine & Jake.|
|Beau, Caci & Rosie|
|Sunset in Telluride to the left of the gallery.|
|Sunset in Telluride to the right of the gallery.|
Friday, June 29, 2012
DOLCE: PAMELA FROMAN FEATURED AT TRUNK SHOW
Beau Staley of Dolce and Pamela Froman plan to donate a percentage of the sales from Pamela’s trunk show to the fire-fighting efforts in Colorado.
The best color in town this weekend, Telluride Wine Festival, is not just in wine glasses. It’s in the bling.
Meet the artist [until July 1st] and check out the trunk show at Dolce Jewels, now – July 5, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Pamela Froman’s latest collection of handmade, one-of-a-kind, limited-edition pieces comprised of multiple colors of precious metals (22 karat gold or platinum) and rare natural stones is featured.
“We have been working with Pamela for about four years. We chose to include her line at Dolce because of the uniqueness and quality of the work. For this collection, Pamela worked in colored gold (brown and green) to create her signature, forged look of rustic elegance. The different colors of the metal blend seamlessly together. Pamela’s distinctive designs can be worn day or night and as easily on the streets of Telluride as New York.” said Beau Staley, owner, Dolce.
Born and raised in New York by her mother, the well-known sculptor and designer, Ann Froman, Pamela graduated from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology. She subsequently moved across the pond, settling in Paris, where she began her career designing jewelry for the top couturier salons, including Courreges, Cacharel, Carita, Guy Larouche, and Valentino.
The Pamela Froman Jewelry Collection debuted in 2006 in Las Vegas. In 2008, the artist was identified as one of the “10 Best New Jewelry Designers” by InDesign Magazine. Froman also received the coveted Town & Country Couture Design Award for Best of Gold, an award often referred to as the “Oscar of the jewelry industry.”
Froman’s bling is distinguished by irregular surfaces and a special hand-hammering technique she described as “crushed.” Celebrities who “have a crush” on Froman’s unique designs include: Halle Berry, Diane Lane, Debra Messing, Meredith Brooks, Whoopi Goldberg, Norah Jones, and Eva Mendes
Pamela feels strongly that individuality is the underlying theme of beauty in design.
“I believe the more a piece is worn the more beautiful it is because it becomes part of the person’s essence. Two people can wear the same piece and it will have a different look or give off a different aura. I like to think that if my jewelry were someday discovered in an old buried treasure chest, it would stand the test of time, much like the antiquities of the great civilizations do today.”
To set up a private appointment with Pamela, call 970-728-6688.
To learn more of Pamela’s history as a jeweler, click the “play” button and listen to an interview I did with the designer in September 2010.
To learn more of Pamela’s history as a jeweler, click this link to visit the original article on Telluride Inside... and Out, where you'll have the option to listen to Susan Viebrock's interview with Pamela from September 2010.
Or, visit our September 1st, 2010 blog post that includes the same podcast interview.
We hope to see you at Dolce!
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Pamela Froman and Dolce Jewels have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from sales made during this week’s Trunk Show, to aid victims of the Colorado fires.
Monday, June 25, 2012
The Summer 2012 issue of the fabulous Inside Weddings Magazine featured two Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry wedding bands: The tri-color (18k Pink/White/Green) "Crushed Melange" Diamond Eternity Band, and the two-tone (18k Yellow & Platinum) "Jay's Harlequin Crush" Men's Band!
These rings are available for custom-order as shown, or in different color combinations, and the Men's Band (shown 10mm wide) is also available in 7.5mm (3-band width) and 5mm (2-band width) options. Contact your local Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry retailer if you'd like to see these rings in person. Or, if you don't know who carries Pamela Froman in your area, please contact us for more information.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The iconic actress/model/activist Pamela Anderson, was recently in Las Vegas for the fabulous Couture Show, as a spokesmodel for the Palladium Alliance International (PAI). Given free reign to adorn herself in any of the designer pieces on display at the PAI booth, Ms. Anderson selected Pamela Froman's gorgeous tiara-inspired Palladium and Diamond "Ice Princess Arabesque Cuff" featuring an adularescent Rainbow Moonstone center stone. We hear she was reluctant to take it off at the end of the day! (And we don't blame her!)
Monday, June 11, 2012
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Monday, May 14, 2012
Couture sends out a monthly newsletter and they feature one designer, one store and then write about what is new leading up to Couture. Very flattered to be chosen to be written about the month before Couture 2012!
Born and raised in Manhattan, fine jewelry designer Pamela Froman began her career working for couturier brands before breaking out on her own. Now six years into her endeavor, Froman has built a brand that offers bright, feminine pieces through a unique technique that renders a distinctive look. Here, the designer shares her approach to gemstones, the wearability factor of her jewelry and how architecture influences her work.
National Jeweler: Can you tell us about the Pamela Froman brand? Where and when were you established?
Pamela Froman: The beginning of my career was spent designing various collections for couturier brands like Courregès, Valentino and Guy Larouche. As much as I enjoyed the challenge of creating for renowned designers, I needed to forge my own artistic path.
I began creating pieces on the side for myself, and Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry was officially launched in 2006. Everything is designed and created in Los Angeles, and I feel very strongly about that; making my collection in the United States, not outsourcing overseas.
NJ: What metals and stones do you primarily work in, and why?
PF: I work primarily in 18-karat gold, and I feel that’s what I’m most known for, my use of multiple colors of 18-karat gold in one piece and the special colors I’ve developed. By “special colors,” I mean my 18-karat yellow gold, which is warmer than most yellows it distinguish it from the 18-karat green gold I use, and my 18-karat pink gold, which is peachier to look good on most skin tones.
Also, I love irregular surfaces, so most of my collection is textured with a special technique I call “crushed”--I use too many tools to simply call it hammered. Combined with a satin finish, this crushed texture gives a much softer, more natural feel to the metal.
When it comes to gemstones, I believe “semi-precious” is a misnomer; all natural gemstones are precious to me. I especially love stones with irregularities that make them unique works of art, like rutilated quartz, labradorite, rainbow moonstone, opal and tourmaline. I also love working with “rough” or “rustic” diamonds for the same reason; they’re so unique! However, the colorless diamonds I use are held to a higher standard--they’re all brilliant-cut, F-G color, VS quality or better, so even the smallest diamonds have fabulous sparkle.
NJ: What is new at Pamela Froman in terms of design?
PF: I design a lot of one-of-a-kinds. So there’s always something new! For instance, I discovered gorgeous matrix Paraiba tourmaline in Tucson that I am currently designing a collection around for Couture. I’m making more fabulous one-of-a-kind cocktail rings for my self-purchasing customer, and I’m adding more unique pieces to my platinum rutile collection as well.
I’m also expanding my popular “Ombre Crush” Collection, a combination of 18-karat pink and yellow gold, with new designs which are repeatable pieces, but still unique because they’re handmade.
NJ: What serves as your inspiration?
PF: I know everyone says this, but architecture has inspired a lot of my designs. More specifically, old-world European architecture, especially scroll-y wrought iron gates, and the beautiful domes of St. Petersburg.
One of my favorite design elements is the scroll, as you can see in my collections. It’s a very organic, feminine shape, and I love the way it flows. I also find inspiration in fabrics and textures, and often the gemstones I choose influence the design.
NJ: What is unique about your design? What sets Pamela Froman jewelry apart from other fine brands?
PF: I think that my special gold colors, and the way I mix them together in one piece, are what really distinguish my brand. Also, I design with wearability in mind. My “crushed” texture and satin finish paired with high-quality diamonds lends an understated glamour to the pieces that make them incredibly wearable. They can just as easily accessorize a pair of jeans as they can an evening gown.
NJ: What do you like best about being part of the fine jewelry industry?
PF: I love the camaraderie of the industry. The people in it are really wonderful and passionate about the art of jewelry, and that is very inspiring.
NJ: Who are you designing for? Who is the Pamela Froman customer?
PF: My customer is a confident woman with a strong sense of her own personal style, regardless of her age. She wants to be seen as a unique individual, and her choice of jewelry reflects that desire.
In short: if everyone’s wearing it, she’s not interested.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Precious Stones+Colored Metals=the Unique Style of Jewelry Designer Pamela FromanWho “crushes” (a technique all her own) precious metals in rich colorations and makes exquisite fine jewelry that is unique, rich in quality and very hip, in a non-traditional kind of way?! The answer is fine jewelry designer Pamela Froman, native New Yorker, current Californian, who recently brought her bag of jewels to Cotton Club Collection from her studio in Santa Monica. Pamela, a regular visitor to Cotton Club, arrives there once each season, usually around Mother’s Day and in Fall for the Holidays, has a devoted following here that purchase regularly from the inventory that Lisa Spain carries in her boutique. However, they love to visit with Pamela and to purchase from her expanded collection that features handmade pieces most memorable for her use of multi-colored precious metals and exquisite, rare natural stones.
Pamela, a graduate of F.I.T., began her career in Paris, where she designed jewelry for many of the top couturiers including Courreges, Valentino and others. In 2006, she decided to branch out on her own and began by making her signature a reflection of her love for “irregular surfaces.” The designer explained, “So much of my collection is textured with a special hand-hammering technique I call ‘Crushed.’ Done in a variety of the highest quality colored metals (22K, platinum and 18K) with precious stones and you have a look like no others that I have seen. Pamela believes that “individuality is the underlying theme of beauty” and that she delivers. As all pieces are handmade in L.A., no two pieces are exactly alike. For creating this technique she has won many awards in the industry, the respect and attention of all the fashion magazines and is a celebrity favorite. You will see her popular hoops photoed on the likes of Halle Berry, as well as other celebs such as Diane Lane, Debra Messing, Eva Mendes, Tyra Banks and Rachel Ray that are regular followers that have shown that they have a “crush” on Pamela Froman’s unique styles as will you when you see them.
The following are a sampling of the many styles Pamela has to offer at Cotton Club….
To see more of Pamela’s fabulous styles, visit www.pamelafroman.com.