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October 25, 2016

Feel the Love

Designer Pamela Love talks life, jewelry, and inspiration.

“My senior thesis was an experimental film about a dinner party,” jewelry designer Pamela Love tells me over hibiscus tea inside The T Room. “Everybody in attendance was a strange character. There was a man who was part chair, a woman with no eyes, a marionette. And then there was this woman who had on so much jewelry that she couldn’t lift her arms.

That final character is relatable to anybody who has seen Love’s designs. Since launching her namesake line in 2007, she’s garnered a cult following. (Beyoncé is a fan.) The term “cult” seems like an appropriate way to describe her work—after all, modern urban mysticism is a major inspiration for the designer.

Chunky turquoise rings and delicate stone ear jackets all feel distinctively Southwestern—a place Love has always identified with.

“I’ve always felt connected to the desert, from the first time I visited when I was young,” she says. “I grew up near an ocean so I always thought myself as being ocean-locked. The first time I saw the desert, and its infinite space, was a spiritual experience for me.”

This love of the dry, arid desert is uncharacteristic for Love’s sign, a Pisces.

“I’m totally a classic Pisces, which means I’m very creative, emotional, and a little bit flighty,” Love says. All of this mystic energy is poured into Love’s designs. It’s hard to resist all of her iridescent opal pieces—and for those of you who are hesitant to don the superstitious stone, fret not—the old wives tale isn’t real.

“It was actually a myth started by Cleopatra that came from the fact that she loved them so much and wanted to keep them all for herself. I love her and I love women who love opals enough to craft a lie that will last forever so they can have them all.”

The Details: Find Pamela Love’s work at Forty Five Ten, 4510 McKinney Avenue, and TenOverSix, 1511 Commerce Street.