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  • Only on Tuesday April 11, 2017

     Not Your Grandmother’s Pearls

    Modern. Lustrous. Original. That’s what these beautiful, unique freshwater pearl strands are: a perfect basic wardrobe piece that also demands admiration, appreciation.

    You can leave these heirloom-quality beauties behind for your daughter, or your granddaughter—reinventing the notion of “grandma’s pearls” while you’re at it. Your loved ones will always remember “grandma’s amazing style.”

    We’ll make it easier for you to create this shining family history with a 25 percent savings….. a pre-mother’s day offer!

    (And speaking of Mother’s Day, we will host a half-off sale on a large selection of earrings. New...

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  • Only on Tuesday March 7, 2017

    A.12 mm smooth Amazonite 18k flyer earring $810. Go to product page.

    B.14mm smooth round Turquoise 18K 10 X 2mm Orange garnet flyer settings $1495. Go to product page.

    C.12mm Round smooth SLEEPING BEAUTY Turquoise 18k Flyers $1100. Go to product page.

    D. 15x19x8.7mm smooth Turquoise teardrop w.18k Amethyst princess cut setting, freshwater pearl surroundings large smooth seed earwires $2770. Go to product page.

    E.20.4x20mm faceted puffy Sleeping beauty Turquoise 18k beak flyer $2690. Go to product page.

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  • Only on Tuesday February 28, 2017

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    New Beauty

    Spring is almost set to, well, spring in our beautiful Hudson Valley. Snowmelt in the last week has exposed the earth and the first snowdrops and crocus are putting forth their beauty to tease us toward the new season.

    We are doing our own beautification to greet the season at, kicking off an update of our website as well as introducing fresh, new designs to set your pulse aflutter.

    Our plan is to make shopping for our trademark looks even easier—and to be...

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  • Only on Tuesday November 22, 2016

    Waking up to our first snowfall this past Sunday inspired me to pull out the smooth labradorite stones I had tucked away.  In any of these three sizes, (10mm, 12mm or 14mm) the flash of labradorite, glows from within.  Easy to wear and equally as easy to gift to a loved one!

    To Beauty ... every day.


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  • Only on Election Day Tuesday November 8, 2016

    This has been a strange election year, to be sure, but it is always an opportunity, at the very least, to teach our children about the specialness of our civic responsibility, and to be sure we all use our voices.

    So, today, I asked my daughter, Aria, a budding, growing and wonderfully opinionated 8th grader to write up the copy for our special Election-Day Tuesday.

    “Today is a special day. We've been waiting for this day for over a year. Not just so we can make our votes count, but so we can finally get this election OVER WITH. It has...

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  • Story of Nicole's Ring

    By Nicole Rubio
    September 28, 2016
    This all started when I was having a mani pedi at the Vietnamese nail shop.  The lady doing my feet had on a ring that looked...

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  • Only on Pinktober Tuesday October 25, 2016

    Today’s Tuesday is dedicated to all the women and their loved ones who have had to face the challenge of breast cancer. We are fortunate that medicine and science have made great advances in increasing the cure rate of this heartbreakingly common disease, but we must still remember that it has touched so many. I believe we will end this scourge on women in our lifetime-and to that end, we will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from today’s...

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  • Only on Tuesday October 18, 2016

    Like glaciers in sunlight, these faceted blue topaz sparkle day and night, commanding attention with their radiance and clarity.


    Today's Tuesday special include two sizes of gabrielle's classic flyers and a
    unique, more elaborate South sea pearl and blue topaz earring.  Only one pair each currently available - so brighten your jewelry box today today with a little blue topaz sparkle!
    20% off this week.
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  • Only on Tuesday October 4, 2016

     18" large 17-12 drop shaped Tahitian pearl necklace $1,990. 

    18" multi-colored 15-10.2mm Tahitian pearl necklace $1,990.

    18" round Aubergine 8-11mm Tahitian pearl necklace $2,400.

    18" round black 8-11mm Tahitian pearl necklace $2,400. 

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  • Only in Sun Valley Idaho

    My Own Private Idaho

    Today I’m boarding an airplane with my daughter to go visit a precious piece of my past: Sun Valley, Idaho. For many years, I exhibited at the Sun Valley Arts Festival, starting as far back as 1989.

    That first year, we weren’t quite prepared for the weather: mountain rain and then balls of hail came down upon our silky, billowing tent. My friend, Dina (who was six months pregnant), Brooke Shields and I did our best to keep business as usual, trying on pearl earrings while some lovely gentlemen came and shored us up with...

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  • Only on Tuesday July 19, 2016

    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, red ginger,...

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  • Only on Tuesday July 12th

    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...

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  • Only on Tuesday May 31

    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...

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  • Only on Tuesday May 17


    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...

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  • Only on Tuesday April 12


     11x13mm faceted Indigo Sapphire  Product page ...
     12mm smooth light Indigo Dumertierite Product page...
     14mm smooth Indigo Durmertierite Product page...
    INDIGO Tuesday
    Indigo dye made its way from India to Europe via Persia around 200 A.D....

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  • Only on Election Day April 5th

    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...

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  • Only on Tuesday March 22


     Phrehnite Triple Seed  Product page ...
     Rainbow Moonstone Triple Seed Product page...
     Labradorite Triple Seed Product page...
     Black Freshwater Triple Seed Product page ... 

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  • Only on Tuesday March 15


    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

    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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  • Only on Tuesday March 7

     64" Brown necklace  Product page ...

     64" Golden necklace Product page...
     64" White necklace Product page...
    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.

    This is...

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  • Only on Tuesday February 23

     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...

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  • Only on Tuesday February 16

     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.

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    Dangling pearl drops clasped by a crown of 18-karat petals.

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  • Only on Tuesday February 9, 2016



    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, 


     Garnet Ring  Product page ...
  • Only on Tuesday February 2, 2016


    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...

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  • Only on Tuesday January 26, 2016


    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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  • Only on Tuesday February 10, 2015

     Electric pearl stud earring ... Product page

     Aria's "passion pink"  earring ... Product page

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  • Only on Tuesday February 3, 2015


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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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  • Only On Tuesday January 20, 2015


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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...

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  • Only on Tuesday January 13, 2015


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     Mexican Opal banana setting ... Product page

     Mexican Opal flyer ... Product page

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  • Only on Tuesday January 6, 2015


    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...

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  • Studio Sale Pieces


    Open studio days December 2014 


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