Updated: Oct 21, 2021
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It’s Pam’s Gems, jewellery maker Pam Bell who has put a birthday gift to good use and now creates beautiful jewellery that she sells and then donates all profits to local charities!
What’s not to like?
Pam is retired, is Derbyshire born and bred but moved back to Chesterfield just before COVID landed.
“I love Chesterfield, being on the edge of the Peak District is fabulous, it allows me to enjoy my passion for rambling around in the hills.”
“The jewellery making started when my son gave me some birthday money and I wanted to put it to good use,” explains Pam.
“I’d always wanted to have a go at making resin-based jewellery so studied lots of videos on the internet, narrowed down what it was I wanted to do and placed an order for the kit required.”
“I plucked up the courage to give it a go, and when I started it was just for a bit of fun, I’ve always indulged my creative streak and it wasn’t long before I was finding the process of making jewellery really addictive.”
It wasn’t long before Pam had made quite a range of jewellery and simply wanted to give it away to create space for the next lot.
“People suggested I create an Etsy shop and sell it that way, but this is meant to be an enjoyable hobby and not a job. I decided to sell it and pass on the profits to Ashgate Hospice” says Pam. “I sold a lot last Christmas through a friend's shop in Sheffield, at craft markets, and response has been good.”
The only outlet for Pam’s work is craft fayres but she would like to work with local charities or organisations, large and small, to raise money for their charity and give them 50% of her takings.
Over the last few days, Pam has been planning and building her website www.pamsgems.co.uk, hopefully this will be live by the time we go to print. Pam describes it as a simple site with contact details and images, she wants to keep things local and as simple as possible.
I asked Pam which was her favourite piece to date? “I love blue and I have favourites every time I make something. My products include earrings, necklaces, pendants and beaded necklaces etc. I also do glow in the dark necklaces for children and recently sold items at a coffee morning at Flamecare on Chatsworth Road, the profits going to MacMillan” says Pam.
If you like what Pam produces, she’s happy to take commissions and if you’re a local charity or organisation looking for an interesting way to raise some funds, just give her a call on 07907 661009 or via her website.
When she’s not making jewellery, Pam loves to explore the Peaks. Pam did the Sparkle Walk for Ashgate Hospice, rambles with her dog Rosie and just loves being back in Derbyshire.
Prices; Box sets £12.50, Earrings £3.50 and Glow In-The-Dark Necklaces just £2.00.
Words: Paul Chapman
Images: Pam's Gems