Jewels in Bloom

After a successful 25-year career in publishing, Pam Older had had it with the whole commute-and-corner-office thing. Casting about for a new and more creative outlet, the Larchmont resident revisited her long- dormant college-era training in jewelry making. After a Manhattan shop bought one of her first pieces right off her neck, Older founded Pam Older Designs in 2003.

Six years later, her company continues to thrive. “Before I started creating jewelry, I never realized that I could be so truly passionate about something,” Older says.

Delicate and feminine in feeling, Older’s collection of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, all handcrafted in her home studio, features semi-precious stones and pearls with silver and gold beads. For her signature Blossom line (shown here), the designer threads rustic silver beads between rich, clear, flower-like gemstone clusters to create casually elegant pieces that work equally well with designer dresses and denim.

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Available online at or in several local shops, including Wondrous Things in Briarcliff Manor and Designer One in Larchmont, Older’s mainstay collection bears refreshingly affordable price tags, from $68 to $450. Also available: an 18-karat-gold-and-diamond bridal line, priced from $500 to $4,500.