Pamela Love on how the spiritual and astrological has influenced her design process
A CFDA award-winning jewellery designer, Pamela Love is inspired by a lot from astronomy and astrology to early Mexican silver craftsmanship. She talks to Tatler about her latest demi-fine jewellery collection, made in collaboration with activist Ebonee Davis, and her signature design aesthetic.
Tell us about your new collection with activist Ebonee Davis.
We’ve released nine unique jewellery pieces designed using 14-karat recycled gold, gold-plated brass, opal, diamonds, lapis and baroque pearls, among other stones. A percent of sales from this collection will be donated to Ebonee’s non-profit Daughter. The past year has been a time for growth and change, and I spent a lot of time digging deeper into myself. I found beauty in solitude, imperfection and stillness. I imagined myself stranded on a desert island and wanted to incorporate shells and other treasures you’d find on an isolated beach into this collection.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in everyday life and experiences. I’ve always been fascinated by astronomy, astrology and alchemy, which you can see throughout my jewellery collections.
Is spirituality important to you?
Absolutely. I think it’s very important to recognise a higher power and know that everything happens for a reason. I always try to tap into the energies around me, this helps me boost my creativity.
When did you become interested in early American and Mexican silver traditions?
In my 20s, I worked as a painting assistant to Italian artist Francesco Clemente and he gave me a wonderful book about William Spratling, an American-born designer, best known for his influence on 20th-century Mexican silver design. He was responsible for the re-establishment of the silver industry in Taxco during the 1930s and I fell totally in love with his work.
Who wears your jewellery?
Women and men who want to stand out and who are interested in something special, not just something that’s trending.
Tell us about your first memory of jewellery.
I lost an earring that my mom gave me when I was about four of five years old, I was completely devastated.
Tell us about the first jewellery piece you designed.
I was about ten years old, and designed a piece with my father. It was a gold ring set with a ruby, sapphire and emerald. Later in life, I reinterpreted and brought it into a current collection.
If you could design jewellery for anyone, past or present, who would it be?
Definitely Johnny Cash. Closely followed by Millicent Rogers.
If you weren’t a jeweller, what would you be?
A ceramicist or sculptor.