Forty years ago, Gabriel graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English literature. During his last two years of college, he became interested in making jewelry. Unable to land a prep school English teaching job, Gabriel traveled to a craft show in Chatham, Virginia, and made $400 in two days.
This eye-opening commercial success sparked the beginnings of a solo and largely self-taught career designing and making gold, platinum and silver jewelry. Over the next few years, he traveled throughout Virginia to rural craft fairs, and then expanded his schedule to larger events on the east coast. With the help of workshops with Hekki Seppa and Ronald Pearson and a gem-setting class at the Revere Academy, he started to articulate his design ideas and form a cohesive body of work. His lack of extensive formal education in metalworking became a strength; he learned through trial and error often using tools and materials in non-traditional ways.
Thirty years ago, Gabriel was part of the growth of the craft industry as an exciting and fresh way to market handmade goods. Exhibiting primarily in American Craft Council shows, Gabriel garnered a national audience and honed his design focus to include his now distinctive collections.
Twenty years ago, the craft movement was in full bloom: if you could make it, you could sell it. But as the millennium approached, Gabriel’s business focus underwent a purposeful transformation. He downsized from his large production studio and became more of a metalsmith again and less of a manager. Picking up a longstanding thread of interest in jewelry that moved, he designed his first orbit rings. That expanded collection has become his signature.
Today, although more conscious of maintaining design continuity, Gabriel still uses tools in an unconventional manner and mostly designs by trial and error. Sometimes playing around directly with the materials can produce some surprising “aha!” results.
Sterling silver with 18K yellow gold bands with multi-colored diamonds.
Aquamarine earrings, square ring and Enhancer
Stones are set in sterling silver and 18K yellow gold. Comes in multi-colored stones.
Pearl square ring, Pearl earrings and pearl enhancer. Set in 18k gold
Diamond Square Rings
Comes in 14K yellow gold and 14K White Gold.
The Woven Collection
Choker, Bracelets, Earrings and Cuff Links.
We use gemstones of all kinds, shapes and colors. From our Favorite Opals to Aquamarine Gemstones to Tourmaline Stones. We love enhancing each stone's beauty.
Our Gemstones are set in one-of-a-kind 18k Gold and Silver jewelry. We design unique Stone Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Rings and Pendants.
We fulfill special orders. Whether you are looking for a beautiful piece for a special occasion or the right gift for the season you can tell us about what you are looking to achieve and we will design the piece just for that purpose.
Pink Tourmaline Bracelet
Hot Pink Tourmaline with Black and White Diamonds. Set in 18K yellow gold.
Aquamarine stone set in sterling silver.
A hand made collection of beautiful crystal and gemstones for your pleasure
Leather and Pearl Bracelet
A leather band with sterling silver and Baroque pearls. This bracelet comes in many colors.
Pink Quartz Moon Stone Cluster Necklace
Chunky pink quartz with Moon Stone spacers. $298
4 strands of silver peacock sticks. Fresh Water Pearl $338
The jewelry that Cynthia Chuang and Erh-Ping Tsai create is as intricate and detailed as anything an emperor ever wore: rich with metals, semi-precious stones, paint and above all, porcelain and worked with colored clay inlays, underglazing, overglazing, and millefiore techniques. Their pieces invoke tradition in depicting the insects, butterflies and fish that have appeared in Chinese art for centuries. However, more importantly, it is the humoristic and whimsical nature of their wildlife jewelry that wins the love of so many. The vivid colors of the pieces, witty expressions of every character, and countless ways to wear them, bring jewelry design to a whole new level. These one of a kind pieces are unlike any other wearable art. Along with these creatures, come a decade of unforgettable and moving stories. Their ability to bring a smile to anyone’s’ face has had an impact on all of Cynthia and Erh-Ping’s admirers. Countless letters and e-mails are filled with heart-felt experiences and gratitude. Having the ability to bring happiness and amusement to people’s lives are what motivates these artists to continue building an amazing career that astounds all.
From the Artist:
The beauty of our natural world is something that every person should be able to enjoy. Our work not only captures the essence of living creatures around us, but also portrays the humoristic spirit in us. Our work is not about the material or the worth, but of the ability it has to let yourself discover your inner love of nature, and to let it always bring out a smile.
As I have grown older, I have learned that a child’s parents are a big part of the person that he or she will one day become. The experiences that occur in their every-day life will teach and shape them into a person that is unique and unlike any other. The road to becoming your own person is not an easy one. Always, along the way, you will need advice and direction. On my own road, the advice and direction was always given to me by my parents. But instead of telling them to me, they showed me.
Both my parents were born and raised in small towns of Southern Taiwan. They met as classmates at the National Taiwan Academy of Arts. After graduating, they married and moved to America for more complex studies in art. They received graduate degrees in sculpture at the Parsons School of Design, and then entered the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture.
The day that I was born happened to also be the day of one of the worst blizzards that winter of ‘87. However, that is not the point. The point is, that while every single person in the New York State was at home sitting in front of the fireplace wrapped in wool blankets, my Dad was outside taking pictures. Yes, you read that correctly, pictures. Since as far back as I can remember, my parents have had a passion for the magnificent beauty of the natural world. I guess that is what inspired them both to model all their artwork after earth’s creatures.
When I was little, we lived in Queens. My parents had a studio in the basement of our brick house. I would sit in my Dad’s lap while he worked and watch him create art out of lumps of clay. Together, my parents have built their business and I have watched it flourish. Every day that comes along, my Dad is bursting with new ideas. By the end of the day, his idea is a reality.
My parents have focused their work on color, collage and multimedia experimentation, utilizing porcelain, metals, semiprecious stones and many kinds of paints. They also use colored clay inlays, and glaze in their porcelains. Much of their jewelry has been developed with three dimensional construction techniques.
My parent’s love for nature does not only reflect in their art but also in our home. Together, they have turned our house into a place where friends love to visit and never forget.
Baby Bird in Egg
Eyewear for the irreverent and slightly jaded.
Eyebobs come in multiple different colors and magnification. They range from 1.50 to 3.50. They come in two different styles. One is plastic and ones Bamboo. Regular: $75 Bamboo: $85. All of these are handmade.