Blog from the bench

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Blog from the bench
  • Only On Tuesday September 23, 2014

     

      Sold gold baby M&M earrings ... Read more

     

      Gold nailhead earrings ... Read more

     

    Golden Oldies

    The lure of the new is ever-appealing, but sometimes objects that have the patina of time just look a little more right, a little more authentic. Such is the case with these little gleaming gems—gems in the keepsake way, as opposed to precious stones—from Gabrielle's early days.

    Small, precious gold earrings alight on the lobe, creating just a flash of movement and shine, and hearken back to the early...

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  • Only on Tuesday September 16, 2014

     

     17" Grey Keshi strands ... Read more

     

       17" Baby black Keshi strands ... Read more

    Nature's Shining Leftovers

    Gabrielle's philosophy about nature and beauty is perfectly captured in this week's featured item: keshi pearls, which Gabrielle calls "miracle pearls." Keshi pearls are the by-product of culturing pearls, small bits of pure nacre that are found tucked away within the oyster after the main prize—the culture pearl—has been retrieved.

    "I have been collecting these keshi strands...

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  • Only on Tuesday Sepember 2nd, 2014

     

      Triple strand 16" necklace with Topaz studded clover Mother of Pearls ... Read more

     

    The "Mother" of All Pearls

    I came upon these clover-like slices of mother of pearl one day when I was shopping for pearls. They grabbed my attention -- as lustrous beauty always does -- even though the material is a step away from the actual pearl. But nonetheless, mother of pearl deserves its own appreciation, coming, as it does, from the birthplace of all...

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  • Only on Tuesday August 26th, 2014


     Five strand assorted freshwater pearl necklace ... Read more

      32" White freshwater Keshi pearl necklace ... Read more

    The Classics

    Every woman needs a long strand of pearls in her wardrobe, a classic piece that works just as well with a t-shirt and jeans as it does with that little black dress. Here, two of Gabrielle's stunning riffs on...

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  • Only on Tuesday ... August 19, 2014

     

      Faceted oval rutilated Quartz ... see more

     

      Smooth oval Oro Verdi Quartz ... see more

     

      Fat faceted acorn drop Quartz ... see more  

     

      Vertical rondell Quartz ... see more

     

    SIMPLE DELIGHTS

    Gabrielle has long created a stunning variety of jeweled pieces, but her most popular...

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  • Only on Tuesday August 12, 2014

     

      Sleeping beauty nugget necklace ... see more

     

      Sleeping beauty Turquoise and Amethyst teardrop earrings ... see more

     

      Inlaid Sleeping beauty flyer earrings ... see more

     

     

    Enchanting Turquoise

    Last week, I tempted you with beautiful Persian turquoise that wasn't yet made into jewelry. This week I redeem myself and offer you these very, very special pieces, made from the rare and treasured Sleeping Beauty...

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  • Gabrielle Sanchez featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

    Gabrielle Sanchez Jewelry featured in Martha Stewart Weddings Summer 2014

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  • Only on Tuesday August 5th, 2014

    "Today we are celebrating my daughter's birthday and enjoying summer together as a family, on the beach in Rhode Island, sand between our toes, wind in our hair, the ocean unfurling in front of us in all its turquoise mystery. So no sale from the bench today -- just an inspiration from the beach, of some truly stunning gems that capture that breathless expansion we feel when we see an ocean stretching miles and miles ahead of us: the rarest and most special of turquoise, the Persian.

    I bought these from a man in his mid-seventies...

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  • Only on Tuesday July 29, 2014

     

         Faceted Quartz nugget fringe earrings ... see more

     

     
         Citrine drop earrings ... see more

     

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  • Young beauty in White Pearl Flyer earrings

         

    Beautiful Anike wore her mother's GS South Sea pearl flyer earrings for her high school graduation three years ago.  Now she is about to get a pair of her own as a surprise for her 20th birthday.  

    Isn't she just stunning? Vermeer:

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  • Only on Tuesday July 22, 2014

      

     

        11.4mm - 11.6mm South sea white pearls for flyers  ... read more 

     

         12.3 mm - 12.8 mm South sea white pearls for flyers  ... read more 

     

        12.4mm - 12.9mm South sea white pearls for flyers  ... read more 

     

        12.5mm - 12.9mm South sea white pearls for flyers  ...  Read More

  • Only on Tuesday July 15th, 2014

     

     

        1 strand 64" freshwater pearls claspless  ... read more 

     

         Kasumiga pearl earrings double seed  ... read more 

     

    Summer Delights
    Bermuda's pink sand beaches, flowering beach plum bushes, a martini glass filled with fresh shrimp ceviche, cotton candy at the amusement park, an ice-cold cosmopolitan to savor at sunset as the sky fills with color. There's no doubt that summer is the pink season. 
    Partake of Gabrielle's innate sense of color and flow in...

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  • Only on Tuesday July 8th, 2014

     

     

     

        Five pairs of pinkiest pearls for cap & cone earrings  ... read more 

     

         Peachy pearl & rutilated quartz bracelet ... read more 

     

    The Pearliest Pinks
    This week, a fantastically special opportunity to have Gabrielle, "the mother of pearls," make you a timeless, elegant pair of earrings, from pearls you choose yourself. "One winter in Tucson at the gem show, my all-time...

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  • Only on Tuesday July 1

     

     

        Make me a pair of teardrop watermelon colored tourmaline earrings  ... read more 

     

         Make me a chiclet shaped chrysoprase bracelet ... read more 

     

       gone are the days when blue chalcedony was easily found in this periwinkle shade ... read more 

     

     

     

     

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  • Only on Tuesday June 24th

     

     UPDATE: June 24th Tuesday Off the Bench is finished.  

     

    Tulkie

     

    #1 GSIVN46  Click here ...
    3-4mm faceted deep aqua with 17,6 x 12mm pistachio Tahitian center pearl with 
    signature 18k baby come hook & eye closure. $950.

     

    #2 GSMltPurpAp Click here ...
    46" Assorted purple, pink and white freshwater pearls interspersed with smooth round coral and apatite along with faceted citrine beads, knotted and delicately...

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  • Off the Bench Tuesday Specials

     

    Gabrielle's beautiful studio is filled with elegance and inspiration: a delicate china teacup with a lustered finish, a perfect (and abandoned) hornet's nest still attached to a mighty oak branch, and her beloved vintage jeweler's bench, scarred and worn from decades of use, even before it came into her hands. Light pours in from the huge windows, but even the view of the storied Hudson River outside can't compete with the sparkle of little dishes filled with gold castings, or an Italian plate holding a handful of South Sea pearls waiting...

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  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Sofia B. traveled to come to the studio sale last week. She found the pearls she was looking for.  Today, she sent Gabrielle an e-mail: "... I feel like Vermeer's 'Girl With The Pearl Earring... ".

    What a wonderful feeling.  

    To beauty ... Everyday ...

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  • What should I make today?

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  • Video of Studio Sale Holiday 2013

    Here is a shaky video of the racks at this year's December sale for those who could not come.  
    If you see anything you like, note the min:sec in the video and contact us.


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  • To Beauty, Every Day


    Perhaps one of the greatest pleasures of my work, is when a woman finds a piece of jewelry that speaks to her on a deeper level. And the greatest reward is when she takes the time to write me about it.

    Lucky me, I got a letter from a customer, Nicole Rubio, thanking me.  She allowed me to share a bit of her letter here: 

     “I just unpacked the earrings and they exceeded my expectations.  
  • Gabrielle at rodales.com

    Gabrielle's exclusive line for Rodale's has just launched.  Watch video and read the article.

     

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  • Spring Studio Sale 2013 over- 17 years running

    It used to be "all about the pearls" and honestly, now it's "all about the women". Personalities so individual....each as lustrous and captivating as the next. Open studio days bring joy, and inspiration. Thanks to all of you who showed up for me and "our" pearls.

    Tulkie

     

    Tulkie is happy the madness is over. (Hard to believe he is 108 lbs.)

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  • A Pearl Necklace for a Mansion on 5th Avenue

    What some people do for love ... and pearls:

    Selling a NYC Mansion for a Pearl Necklace, 1917

    Posted: 15 Apr 2013 09:00 PM PDT

    Isabella reporting,

    It's hard to imagine selling a Fifth Avenue mansion for a pearl necklace - but that's exactly the deal that was made between an indulgent millionaire and a savvy jeweler in early 20th c. New York City, and with both parties thoroughly satisfied with the transaction, too.

    Morton F. Plant (1852-1918) was the millionaire, a railroad tycoon, real estate...

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  • You are more beautiful than you imagine

     I love how this video celebrates every woman's innate beauty. Please watch it and know that this is true for you -- and all of us. And share it!


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  • Welcome to My Website

    After years of presenting my work through retail venues, I am delighted to be able to bring my work directly to you through my website.

    I am inspired to celebrate the unique beauty I've seen in each of you. How you wear, appreciate and incorporate my jewelry into your everyday life. I have heard more than one woman tell me, “but you don’t understand …… I wear these earrings everyday”.  Each and every one of you has helped shape my understanding of this simple truth:  my ability to continue creating comes from this mystery and beauty each of you...

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