| | As a second time visitor to the Big Island of Hawaii, I am still in awe of the flora and fauna that propagates this Island. The Hawaiian lei is typically made of the Plumeria's fragrant blooms. The bi -colored cascading heliconia, oleander,
Having a Ball,
For me, design is often born out of a natural inspiration: some shape or color in the world that captures my imagination. But occasionally I see an idea in my jeweler’s world that sparks something even better.
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That’s what led to these magnificent, intricately constructed diamond-and-gold ball flyers. I came across the bezel-set diamonds, and immediately wanted to see that beguiling flash in a pair of my classic earrings. The diamond globes are wonderfully tactile, and feel woven, even though they are comprised of hand-constructed...
The Perfect Pinks
Ah, peonies. Is there any flower whose sweet, fragrant scent is more awaited as spring turns to summer? Finally this weekend, the peonies surrounding my home burst forth in their incredible, ruffled beauty, all in shades of pink. Yes, there are also coral peonies, and white, and magenta and even blood-red, but the luminescent, palest pink is the prize-winning favorite (and is most often the Sarah Bernhardt peony).
My work is always inspired by nature, as nature inspires me, and so today I share with you one very special necklace made from the perfect peony-pink pearls. The plump graduated...
These beautiful rhodolite garnets are brightening this gray, May spring day in my Union Square studio.
The color reminds me of the old Guardian Life Insurance building outside my window that had a glowing sign on its rooftop casting a warm and almost protective red glow onto Union Square, day or night. The W Hotel purchased that building in 1999, for a mere $40 million. And Barnes & Noble moved into the carpet building on the opposite corner. Now we can read and sleep in style in this neighborhood.
How things have changed — and...
Indigo dye made its way from India to Europe via Persia around 200 A.D....
March of Pearls
My fellow Americans: as we all know, there is too much inequality in our country these days-beauty inequality. You can see it on our streets and in our malls. Not since the Roaring Twenties has the gap between the fashionable elite and the rest been this great. While the top 1 percent may own 10 or 12 pair of Flyers each-Frequent Flyers
, as they call themselves- other women are still undecided. Or worse: there is trade imbalance and foreign...
Shades of Spring
Aaaah, at last. Here in the Northeast we are seeing the first signs of the seasonal change, as the drab, brown landscape starts to shift into those welcoming greens we have gone so long without.
This tray of my signature Flyers captures that gorgeous, earthy palette. And these beauties will all be shipped to TWIST stores in Seattle and Portland—and never fear, you can also find them online at twistonline.com
So perhaps now in the early push of spring it is time to add a beautiful soft-colored flyer to aid your own...
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The Black Turtleneck of Pearls
The best wardrobes are made up of classic pieces we can rely on to swing from casual to sleek in a moment’s notice, like a black turtleneck, paired with jeans and boots or a scarlet skirt and heels.
Labradorite! It's as if the moon's glow was somehow magically captured beneath the earth's surface, flashing blue light from the depths, asking to be unearthed.
Labradorite, a semi-precious stone is found in Labrador, Canada. It can display an iridescent optical effect (or schiller) known as Labradorescence. This play of colors (blue, green, yellow, and pink) is what makes this stone so unique.
When Labradorite is paired with pearls, it compliments pearls natural luster; when paired with Aquamarine, it adds depth to Aqua's watery blue translucency.
These double strand necklaces, each with a one-of-a-kind center pendant are carefully...
Your Pearly Just-Rights
I’ve always said that the incredible glow of a pearl’s nacre matches the glow within the woman who wears it. And one of the great joys of my work is getting to match pearls to each client’s individual beauty and taste. Because nothing sets off a woman’s face better than a pair of perfect pearls.
So this week, I offer you the greatest classics from my collection, all white pearls, but each pair different, to suit the glow within you.
Dangling pearl drops clasped by a crown of 18-karat petals.
Valentine’s Day isn’t a holiday just for lovers…. The sweetest relationship we may ever know as women is the love we have for our daughters, and that we learn from our mothers. And what better sentiment to celebrate on Valentine’s Day?
Here's a selection of divine pieces of perfection to honor these women and girls in our lives.
To beauty — and to love! — every day,
It's a colorful world!
When your parents are painters—as mine were—it's only natural that you see the world as awash with colorful hues and textured brush strokes. And that deep connection to color is expressed in my jewelry as it was expressed in their paintings.
My mom, Agnes Sanchez, blended color on her canvases to reflect her ‘mind's eye’ landscapes, giving the viewer a taste of her dreamy imagination—which I am sharing with you here as the literal background to my work (as surely as it is a figurative background that shaped my work). My dad also...
Stormy doesn't always mean cold. In a gorgeous rebuttal to blizzard Jonas, these outrageously luminous storm-colored Tahitian pearl necklaces exude warmth and fire with their nonpareil luster. Wrap your neck in one of these breathtaking strands, and then wind around that cashmere scarf. The most luxurious kind of glowing fire will soothe and delight you.
16-16.5" necklace clasped with class small foliage hook & eye or a signature large cone hook & eye. (small cone hook & eye also available)....
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It would be impossible to endure the long, dark month of February without the moment Of Love smack dab in the middle of it!
This week, we in the Northeast were covered in snow drifts, and winter's magic is starting to lose some of its shimmer.
Fortunately, there's the sweet distraction of Valentine's Day. Think of your sweet loVe and bedeck her with a bit of garnet beauty, a flash of wine-red color perhaps...
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The Glint of the Night Sky
Slowly, we can see that the light is coming back to us, as at last here we aren't in a total blackout by 5:30pm any longer. But even though I love the return of longer days, the winter night sky has many beguiling charms.
That's what I think of when I make this necklace: these wildly iridescent midnight black pearls capture...
New Year, New Moon(stone)
Welcome to 2015! And best wishes to you and yours.
For our first 2015 Tuesday Off the Bench sale, I reached immediately for moonstones, as it seems a befitting way to start the new year. The stone's beguiling luster and sparkle, which the Romans believed was "solidified rays of the Moon", calling to me, just as we are all taking a moment...
Open studio days December 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.
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--To beauty, every day ...