Pamela Zeibak McCombs
I have always loved long amazing earrings since I was a young girl, with newly pierced ears, in San Francisco. It seems that I have always been on the hunt for cool earrings. The dainty things don't really do it for me. So when I learned how to work with silver, one of the first things I made were earrings.
In this collection I have used some exotic gemstones, like Amazonite and some other gemstones with phenomenal qualities, like Tiger's eye and aventurine quartz which contains little red disk-like inclusions.
Amazonite is a beautiful turquoise color with some white grid like matrix running through it. I think it goes really well with Tiger's Eye and red aventurine quartz. I have done this combination in a long drop earring.
I was also able to obtain some gem quality faceted aquamarine beads. They are very sparkly and the color is nicely saturated. I made these in to drop earrings which really showcase the face.
Since I love working with silver so much I have made some tassel earrings using the silver with gemstones. I have picked black spinel which look amazing with silver and also a combination of the black spinel with some gorgeous opaque natural ruby beads. These are long and stunning.
Also in the collection are a couple of pair of agate slices hanging from peacock colored fresh water pearls and another pair suspended from beautiful milky aquamarine. You won't find these earrings in a store or on the ears of others.
The pieces are all one of a kind and since we designers have to wait until the gemstones are available you never know what to expect next. But it is always fun and exciting.
By Pamela McCombs, AJP, GCS (GIA)