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Pamela Froman Maltese pendant

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Pamela Froman’s Maltese cross pendant

Pamela Froman

Pamela Froman
Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry – Los Angeles

We recently asked designer Pamela Froman of Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry in Los Angeles, “What’s the coolest thing in your vault?” Here’s what she had to say.

What’s the coolest thing in your vault?
It is my St. Petersburg Maltese cross pendant. It was inspired by the onion dome features typically seen in the architecture in St. Petersburg, Russia.

How long has it been under lock and key?
It has been in my vault for about 8 months. It’s not unusual for a piece to stay in my vault this long. Sometimes I feel attached to a piece and bring it out on special occasions.

Why is it so cool?
It features an amazing 9.85-carat ametrine stone cut by John Dyer Gems with his signature StarBrite cut, which includes facets created using a special grooving technique on the pavilion. The technique gives the impression of greater overall brightness. The ametrine is set in 18k yellow gold with diamonds and I love how the design frames the stone. It is regal yet cool.

A lot of times I’ll have stones in my vault for a long time, but not this one. I bought it initially thinking I would make it into a ring. As I was working on ring designs for it, I sold another St. Petersburg Maltese pendant that featured a pink tourmaline. I like to do one-of-a-kinds that each have a different stone. All of a sudden, I felt like this stone would look amazing with that design. After I photoshopped the stone onto the original design, I knew I had to make it. I love how the cut and colors of the stone play with my crushed texture and the color of the 18k yellow gold.

Do you have any plans for it?
To find it a good home. I believe each piece I make finds its home, and I will be sad when this one does because I think it is a very special piece.

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