A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life of Pamela Love

by Grace Bonney

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Until fairly recently, the only thing I knew about jewelry was that I liked older pieces. Aside from a few cherished family rings and pins, I didn’t wear jewelry or know anything about the world of contemporary jewelry designers. But then a few years ago I had the pleasure of being a part of a story for Elle magazine that introduced me to the sheer joy that is a jewelry and accessory closet. The stylist on hand picked out pieces based on my home and interiors style, and ended up choosing designs made by Pamela Love. It was so hard to part with them at the end of the day and I took pictures to remind me of how beautiful each piece was. Afterwards I went home and immediately became a massive Pamela Love fan. What I love so much about Pamela’s jewelry is that it’s not afraid to make a statement. Her work often crosses over into sculpture for me in the best way possible – but isn’t oversized so much that you feel that the jewelry is wearing you, and not the other way around. It doesn’t hurt that all the gemstones and semiprecious stones she uses are ethically sourced and almost all metal she uses is recycled, too.

I was curious to see what an average day in the life of someone as creative as Pamela would look like, so I asked if we could peek inside her day and thankfully, she obliged. Now that I know she lives in my neighborhood, I’m going to have to find a way to bump into her during her morning matcha latte runs. Sorry in advance, Pamela. I’ll be the short girl wearing one of your cuffs on her arm and trying to wrangle a dog on the other. Thanks so much to Pamela and her team for sharing this peek inside her daily work and home life. xo, grace

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“I start my day at home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I’m not much of a morning person, and it doesn’t help to have my cat Annabelle curled up sleeping with me. I don’t want to get out of bed.

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“I can’t make it through the day without a soy macha latte. It’s always my first stop on the way into work.”

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“First order of business today is picking my favorite arrowhead rings for an upcoming still shoot. It’s really difficult for me to pick a favorite – I love them all!”

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“The next stop is my office and working on designing my next collection. The first step is a lot of research, then a lot of sketching, and then we make an inspiration board.”

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“Then I meet with production to talk about developing the new pieces and check in on order fulfillments.”

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“I spend some time with my production manager picking out the perfect stones for upcoming orders”

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“Today is Aldon’s birthday, one of our jewelers. He’s been with me since the beginning, but he looks younger every day.”

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“It’s always important to take a moment to squirt your employees with water guns.”

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“My husband Matthew and Annabelle the cat are always there to greet me when I come home from work.”

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“Matthew always falls asleep with his book on his face…a perfect way to end the night.”

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  • Love this series! This was a fun one! I’ve always loved Pamela Love’s designs. They’re so gorgeous! That last picture is hilarious! It’s very similar to the last thing I see before I sleep!

  • her work is so so soooo rad. i need to remember to buy one of those serpents lapis lazuli rings that just popped up on bonadrag on pay day.

  • Grace-
    After following you for years now and seeing & reading your endless love for cats I laughed loudly and inappropriately in the middle of a quiet library reading, “…and trying to wrangle a dog on the other”. From a dog person’s heart, you go girl.

    • thanks lindsey ;)

      the wonderful 20 pound dog i adopted (who i was told would never weigh over 25 pounds) now weighs over 40 pounds (and is still growing). i couldn’t be happier than she is healthy and growing and thriving, but she’s almost half my weigh so wrangling her is much different than the early days ;)


  • i had to laugh so hard at the last picture, because my husband always falls asleep the same way :D