By Robin Bradley Hansel
Gifted jeweler and native Floridian, Pamela Huizenga, is not afraid to take risks as evidenced by her signature selection of bold and breathtaking gemstones. By embracing the natural imperfections of stones, the artist accentuates the beauty of what others might perceive as flaws, resulting in her celebrated, custom designs.
“Colors that I frequently gravitate towards and use in my work may not be the standard for most, but for me they perfectly reflect nature and all its splendor,” says Huizenga.
Fascinated early in life with the beauty and characteristics of gemstones, she often refers to herself as a “rockhound” who takes great pleasure sharing her knowledge of gems with others. Huizenga began learning to cut and set stones at the age of 16.
Huizenga says there is probably nothing better than having someone see one of her pieces, fall in love with it, and purchase it for their own collection. Her hope is to continue to educate individuals who view and purchase her jewelry about unusual gemstones and rare minerals they have likely never before encountered.
When asked to describe her unique design process, Huizenga explains that it all begins with the layout and cutting of the stones. “After that, it’s literally me standing next to my workbench, walking through each step until I achieve what I envision in my head. Since each piece is one-of-a-kind, sometimes the manifestation of my work happens organically, and my usual process is turned upside down,” explains the artist who shares that she loves when the creative experience takes a fresh turn. Thanks to her professional success and carefully cultivated global relationships within the industry, Huizenga doesn’t need to travel as much these days to secure the most distinctive gemstones. She says her annual pilgrimage to Tucson with other designers affords her the opportunity, though, to be in front of all of the most beautiful specimens and choose things specifically for each season.
“The colors of Telluride and the North Carolina mountains in the summer are also especially impactful to me. Of course, being a native Floridian, the ocean drives me towards aquamarine and opals because of how they make me feel,” she says.
Until recently, Huizenga says she’s focused on establishing her international brand. With her work now in high-end boutiques, fine independent jewelers and exclusive select retailers such as Neiman Marcus, the artist has focused her eye on the future.
“I am in an interesting place, creatively,” she states, “This season it will be fewer pieces that are more focused and deliberate. I’m very excited about what’s next. My hope is that we will always bring to the marketplace something unique yet beautiful and wearable. I want women to wear the same earrings with their T-shirt and jeans as they might choose to wear at a cocktail party,” she says.
Pamela Huizenga Jewelry can be found at select Neiman Marcus locations, and other exclusive boutiques.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ROBIN BRADLEY HANSEL
Robin is a South Florida freelance writer “rooted and grounded in a love of words.” As owner of Green Treehouse Media, LLC, Robin’s passion for environmental conservation and her background as a physical therapist are reflected in many of her published articles and writing projects for private clients.