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Pandora’s Box – A Stylish Q&A with Jewelry Designer Pandora Amoratis

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We’re sure a zillion fashion writers have already written this … but… here’s a Pandora’s Box you’ll want to open.

Celebrity stylist and Daily Mail style director Pandora Amoratis  has created a stunning, elegant collection of floral-themed jewelry, which can be found at Motif.me.

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Below we talk with Pandora and learn more about her and her beautiful capsule collection creations, including hand-painted pieces that range in price from $38-$98.

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NAME: Pandora Amoratis

COMPANY: The Pandora’s Box Collection for Motif

HOMETOWN: I grew up in Fair Lawn, NJ, and currently reside in Brooklyn, NY

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR BRAND or LINE OF PRODUCTS: The Pandora’s Box collection for Motif is made up of pieces that are sophisticated, playful, organic, industrial, hard and soft. Several pieces in the collection are convertible and can be worn in different ways.

PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE: I have a chameleon approach to dressing. One day I may want to look ultra ladylike and the next rocker chic. It’s this approach that inspired a jewelry line that’s both feminine and edgy.

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1. How long have you been a professional designer? And what is your earliest design memory?

Designing has never been my profession, but I’ve always been very crafty. My earliest jewelry-making memory was probably friendship bracelets in junior high. But I was crafting clothes even before that. I would recreate pieces that I liked (but my mom wouldn’t buy me) from Contempo Casuals and the Wet Seal.

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Pandora Asymmetrical Ear Jacket Earrings – These chic asymmetrical earrings can be worn alone, or with the ear jacket. Featuring a spiked post and jacket of cascading, hand-painted blooms, one piece falls slightly lower than the other. The meaning of the name Pandora is gifted. 

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2. What has been the best design trend in the last five to ten years? And what has been the worst?

I love the ear stack trend. I’m definitely a “More is more” type of gal and I’m a big fan of ear ornamentation.  An expertly decorated lobe is like a work of art.

I’ve never been a fan of ear gauges.

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Aglaia Ear Jacket Earrings – These earrings can be worn alone, or with the ear jacket. Featuring a spiked post and jacket with a single, hand-painted bloom. The meaning of the name Aglaia is splendor, beauty. 

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3. What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve heard? And do you follow it?

Find something you love to do, then figure out how to get paid for doing it. I think I do follow that.   

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Eleni Convertible Necklace – This statement necklace comes with a 16L”strand of spikes and a detachable Y-necklace embellished with hand-painted flowers to wear in combination, or on their own. The meaning of the name Eleni is light. 

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4. What is your favorite place to shop, anywhere in the world, and why?

That’s a tough one, as I love to shop and pretty much indulge in retail therapy everywhere I go. Other than New York (because you can find everything here) I like St. Barths for its glamorous beach offerings and Tarpon Springs, Florida, for all its antique shops.

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Katerina Adjustable Bracelet – This bracelet features spikes and two hand-painted suspended blooms. The drawstring closure can fit any size wrist. The meaning of the name Katerina is pure. 

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5. What music, movie, book, or magazine gets you ready to sketch or brainstorm?

Pretty In Pink gets me every time. The scene where she’s designing her prom dress always spoke to me, even as a little girl. On an everyday basis, I’m inspired by the people of New York and Instagram.

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Ioanna Ring Set – This double set includes two rings: a regular size, and a midi ring that sits just above the knuckle. Both feature a flower and spike design encrusted with clear stones. The meaning of Ioanna is gracious. 

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6. What is the question a person should ask you, and how would you answer?

Question: Why is fashion important?

I’ve always used fashion as a form of self-expression. And because of this, it was important to me to design a convertible collection that could be modified to suit the wearer’s mood.

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Images Courtesy of Pandora Amoratis, Pandora’s Box and Motif.