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  • Studio Sale Pieces

     

    Take an extra 15 percent OFF.  Contact for product details & page link. 

     

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  • Only on Tuesday December 16, 2014

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    Elves at Work ... putting the finishing touches on this year's holiday studio specials!
    Sale starts this Thursday at Noon at Gabrielle's Union Square studio.

    Items from studio sale will become available online starting Saturday afternoon.
    Meanwhile, Shop website items now at 15 per cent off until Christmas eve at 6 pm.
    (use promotion code: MMXIV)

    --To beauty, every day ...
    Gabrielle

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  • Only On Tuesday December 9th, 2014

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    Annual Holiday Sale

    Thursday December 18th & Friday December 19th   12 - 7pm

     Saturday, December 20th  12 -4pm

    32 Union Square East, Suite 918

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  • Only on Tuesday December 2, 2014

    The Brightest Lights

    I have long said that the pearl is my favorite of nature's miracles, because of the unmatched glow of its nacre, its "pearlescence." And though Black Tahitian pearls are often thought of as my trademark, I equally adore the fresh, crisp statement that only white pearls can make.

    My favorite way to let pearls speak? In long, elegant strands, to be worn loose or looped around the neck. Here, a luxurious 64-inch strand made of up white, irregular-shaped freshwater pearls perfectly...

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  • Only on Tuesday November 25, 2014

     

    Brand-New Flyers: Fresh New Facets!

    Today, we are so pleased to debut a fresh, new version of Gabrielle's signature earring, the flyer. The design twist? The stones feature concave facets, which curve inward (as opposed to the traditional flat facet), all the better to capture and refract the light of these semi-precious gemstones and catch your eye with their enhanced sparkle.

    Choose from six glorious colors and stones: clear Quartz, rose Quartz, lilac Quartz, Oro Verdi , green Amethyst or cognac Quartz. All stones are 13mm...

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  • Only on Tuesday October 28th, 2014

      White South Sea Kathleen Turners ... Read more

    Handmade History

    Creamy-white, drop-shaped pearls—both South Sea and Tahitian—comprise a considerable portion of my pearl collections.

    But there is one pair of all my beloved babies I may treasure the most: these perfectly egg-shaped pearls, topped with my petal cap. I actually handmade the model for this piece: back in the day, the petal cap setting came back from the caster unfinished at the top, so each piece was individually filed and smoothed to a point, and the jump ring soldered on, to attach to the earwire.

    This pair is truly...

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  • Only on Tuesday October 21, 2014

     

    Sweetie Tuesday:

    "My home studio is so many things to me: workplace, archive, home base and inspiration. But I'll admit that it's also a bit of a distraction-the loveliest kind of distraction, as I can disappear into a rabbit hole on the search for one kind of stone, then suddenly I'm rifling through cellophane and organza bags, filled with different odds and ends from past pieces, or better still, a full strand of as-yet-unused stones. Suddenly...

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  • Only on Tuesday October 14, 2014

     

     

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    In life, the greatest luxury is clarity of vision, and today I am so pleased to introduce you to a woman in possession of just this gift: retailer and style maven extraordinaire Jill Heller.

    I've had the immense pleasure of working with Jill over the years, who has exquisite taste. And I am so excited to witness her transformation from 'talented style maven'— bringing us, her clients, the most beautiful, luxurious clothing—to 'visionary sustainable-fashion maven,'...

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  • Only on Tuesday October 7, 2014

     


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      Citrine rectangle flyers ... Read more

     

      Labradorite rectangle flyers ... Read more

     

     

     Treasure Hunt

    Gabrielle's studio is bursting with shiny delights, which pull her eye and draw her into new work, new designs. Witness the tray below, filled with pearls, gemstones and treasures to be made-as well as two pair of uniquely stunning faceted-rectangle signature flyers, with the 18-karat petal flyer setting.

    Can you spot...

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  • Only on Tuesday September 30, 2014

     Grey September Days

    Summer is finishing its heated exit, leaving behind glorious color and damp, cool mornings here on the East Coast. Today, the sultry sky and the Hudson river are meeting in the middle in bands of fall's first greys, a sure sign that we should begin our nesting for the winter as we head into the rich holiday season.

    Moody, lovely grey to Gabrielle always means her most treasured pearl: the Black Tahitian, rich and luxurious as Beluga caviar.

    And so today she is...

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  • Only On Tuesday September 23, 2014

     

      Solid 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 September 9, 2014

     

     Labradorite strand with black Tahitian Pearl ... Read more 

     

    Black Beauty

    No pearl is more mysterious and divine than the Tahitian black pearl, and this week we offer a single piece that features one of these intriguing beauties. Gabrielle surrounded this precious pearl with the only stone that can compete with its iridescence: labradorite. Labradorite is the dark sister to rainbow moonstone, flashing a labradorescence that is in turns blue, silver, gold, evoking a mysterious mood and a most elegant beauty.

    The two partnered side by side flash light between themselves continually....

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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...

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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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  • 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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