Donna Chambers

Donna Chambers
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Born(1950-03-01) March 1, 1950 (age 67)
Ossining, New York, U.S.
EducationPratt Institute
Occupationjewelry designer, goldsmith
Years active1978-present


Donna Chambers can be an American jewelry designer located in Light Plains, NY and known for styles offering pearls and antique mom of pearl playing chips. Chambers’ superb has been transported by major shops such as for example Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Na Hoku as well as the Country wide Museum of BLACK History and Tradition in Washington, D.C.


For many summers and after college, textile designer Vera Neumann hired a teenage Chambers to split up colors for silk display screen scarves. In 1968, Chambers received the initial Vera Sectors George Neumann Scholarship or grant award and went to Pratt Industries to review fashion style. Chambers also proved helpful as an helper to designer Oleg Cassini.


Chambers married jeweler Irving Williams in 1976 and took more than his Brooklyn jewelry fix business upon his loss of life in 1978. Donna Chambers Styles was set up in 1981 to make and produce 14-karat silver and cultured pearl superb. Later a type of porcelain cameos offering African American females were added and a line of classic mother-of-pearl Chinese language playing chips further improved with pearls. The texas holdem chips, which type the centerpieces of bracelets, earrings and pendants, time in the Ching Dynasty and typically keep family members crests or initials using one aspect and a sketching etched with some facet of Chinese language life over the various other. Chambers found the poker potato chips unintentionally. "I'm referred to as the pearl female....My work is definitely of pearl, whether freshwater or cultured. I take advantage of a whole lot of mom of pearl, abalone, and mabes. I used to be in Tuscon [about 1988]... and I did so a double consider," Chambers stated, "I noticed these mother-of-pearl, gorgeous carved pieces...I actually picked up several and made several pins with them." The positive a reaction to the playing chip jewelry was therefore strong they have become her personal jewelry series. Both Lonnie Anderson and Cissy Houston possess bought pearls from Chambers’ series.In 1990, Chambers opened up That Old Dark Magic Reserve and Present Gallery, a Westchester, NY gift shop featuring BLACK gifts, art, handmade cards and books. The functions of over 50 performers and designers had been highlighted in the shop. A monthly reserve club sponsored with the store highlighted readings by well-known writers, including Arthur Ashe, Nikki Giovanni, Bernice L. McFadden, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and Iyanla Vanzant. The store closed after twenty years.


Country wide Women's Jewelry Association Honor for Manufacturing Quality - 1992