Rising Stars on the Las Vegas Horizon

Gabrielle Sanchez When she "discovered" Biwa pearls, Gabrielle Sanchez found the perfect signature for her collection. These irregular "little miracles," as she calls them, not only fascinate but also inspire her. "My jewelry designs have always evolved directly from the essence of the materials," she says. Sanchez, whose father is a commercial artist and whose mother is a painter, knew from an early age that she would be a designer. She earned a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1977 and immediately went to work as a designer. Her work is sold in chic specialty department stores and in many fine boutiques and galleries. Each design derives its own special character from the size, color, and luster of the pearls she chooses and often becomes a signature of the owner. Earrings, bracelets, and necklaces designed by Sanchez work singly, in pairs, and—strikingly

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