About Pam Older


Visit our Shop at 42 Merrimac St. Newburyport, MA

Watching Pam in her studio/shop, enthusiastically collaborating with customers to realize their visions is half the magic of wearing her jewelry. One visit and the love she has for her work is evident. Pam instinctively showcases the natural splendor of the semi-precious and precious stones that she inspire her work.

Her adventure in the creative world began as an apprentice at OM, a jewelry shop in Coconut Grove, Florida while she was a student. This is where she learned the lost wax process, how to hammer chain links, solder and polish jewlery. After graduating college with a BFA, she moved to New York City and worked at Redbook & Esquire in magazine production. Pam went on to spearhead production operations at Children's Television Workshop and Time Magazine and the venerable New Yorker Magazine. As SVP of Manufacturing and Technology, her creative thinking brought radical changes to the editorial and business sides of the magazine in the form of technology that sped the progress of pages to press allowing for later deadlines and more topical news for the editors. (She even figured out how to attach a peel-off label to satisfy subscriber demands to save their beloved New Yorker covers!)  

In 2002, in search of something new that would use her creative side, she began making jewelry again and her passion was reignited. Being a former painting student, her color and design skills came through in her early jewelry designs, using a palette of gemstones instead of paint. Pam Older Designs was launched in 2003 with an organic and feminine collection. 

Soon after, Pam was featured in Oprah Magazine in an article about reinventing herself as a designer and More Magazine published her story in a book. The highlight of her jewelry career was when her jewelry was discovered by the Sundance Catalog.

In addition to her own shop-studio on 42 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA you can find her work in the distinctive Sundance Catalog,Muzio Gallery in Essex, MA, Wildgoose Chase in Brookline, MA, Artisans Way in Concord, MA, Pieces in Old Saybrook, CT, Cornerstone Shop & Gallery in Geneva, WI, Native Son in Newburyport, MA, Rabbit Brush Gallery, Longmont, CO. and In & Co. in Stowe VT.

“I am inspired by my customers and never tire of learning from them. My most inspired designs come to me after listening to what they love. I am amazed at the close connections women quickly make with each other and it's this aspect of the business that I love most."