Britt’s Pick: The Collaborative Necklace by M. Spalten and Pamela Zamore

One of life’s greatest pleasures is when your favorite artists come together in collaboration. A musicians’ duet. A cameo appearance on a film or TV show. A fashion line. And, in this case, one very special piece of jewelry.

In this stellar collaboration, two talents from the jewelry industry have combined to create a one-of-a-kind powerhouse necklace that benefits the Loveland Foundation.

To know the work of jewelers Melissa Spalten of M. Spalten and Pamela Zamore is to love it. Spalten, with her mesmerizing centerpieces like drops from a gemstone galaxy one can only dream of journeying to; and Zamore, whose celestial emblems are the things of starry-eyed fantasies. Both designers have staked a permanent claim on my wish list, with each new creation more covet-worthy than the last. But then they come together, and the combination of their jewelry mastery pens a tune that positively tops the charts.

Starting from the bottom of this fab collab, with its chain: an 18k yellow gold paper clip chain—have we not talked incessantly about how hot paper clip chains are? They’re great on their own. But this lucky version gets dressed with not one, but two charming perspectives: from Spalten, glimmering opal doublets in an oval shape; and from Zamore, starry surfboards accented with diamonds (the designer’s marquise element design features an eight-point star and diamond center).

The goodies create an alternating pattern for a total of seven charms along the necklace, a style that’s primed for layering and superbly summer-ready.

The icing on the cake: All proceeds of its purchase—sold exclusively at Stacked by Reservoir—will go to the Loveland Foundation.

Just after this piece was written, it was reported to me that the necklace had been sold—which means that the proceeds will be sent on their way to the Loveland Foundation!

The Loveland Foundation, started in 2018 by Rachel Cargle, seeks to provide opportunity and therapeutic healing to communities of color—Black women and girls, especially—by way of fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. You can learn more and donate at

Top: Necklace in 18k yellow gold with opals and diamonds, sold; M. Spalten and Pamela Zamore

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