Gabrielle Taylor has always been interested in design in all its forms, and through her life that has manifested itself in many ways. Even her careers, in mathematics and computer design/programming, she found to be very creative professions. At home, she indulged her love of fiber arts through spinning, weaving, knitting and sewing, and did ceramics as well for a few years, but it was only at ret...irement that she met and fell in love with jewelry arts. For many years she had explored the world of jewelry design as she and her husband Chris travelled, so the idea of creating such things was a very compelling one. First she learned all she could about gemstones, but then the search for more artistic findings and focal pieces led her to doing the silver work herself.
Coming from a ceramics background, the discovery of Precious Metal Clay was a perfect fit for her. The artist can form the shapes, as one would in producing a clay piece (though on a much smaller and more detailed scale) and then fire the piece in a kiln to burn off the binder. This leaves .999 Fine Silver, which is then finished and polished as any silversmith would do. Gemstones are added in finishing, in the more traditional manner, but some can tolerate the firing heat and be embedded in the clay form during the initial creation.
Since starting her jewelry design life she has won several awards, and sold pieces through jewelry stores and galleries, in the U.S., Europe and her native Australia. Her studio is a lovely light-filled space looking out on the garden, and she shares it with Chris, who paints wonderful water colors. Each piece she makes is totally one of a kind, with a lot of attention to finish and wearability. Her designs range from intricate and romantic through modern and elegant, and her aim every time is to make something that becomes the "go to" piece for many occasions!
2-strand large pink-champagne Pearls necklace (GT1616)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Varying shapes and shades of pink and champagne pearls twist in this 2-strand necklace finished with a sterling clasp.
3-rectangle bracelet with Charoite & Amethyst (GT0783)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Charoite from Russia is featured in this fine silver bracelet. Beads of amethyst pick up the color, and sterling chain and catch bring it all together.
3-section Mother-of-Pearl bracelet (GT1538)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Mother-of-Pearl cabochons are framed in textured fine silver in this bracelet fasted with sterling chain and clasp.
Afghan Pendant with Sapphires
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: A Fine Silver pendant patterned with an authentic Afghan pattern is accented with sapphires and garnets, and is hung between beads of tanzanite and lucite. Please send a pic of this, so I can confirm the tanzanite memory!
Amethyst, citrine & peridot earrings (GT1698)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Faceted amethyst, citrine and peridot sparkle between 14K gold-filled hammered wires to compose these beautiful fine silver earrings.
Blue druzy with white Pearls necklace (GT1487)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: A sparkling cobalt-washed druzy sits in a medieval shield pattern of .999 silver, and hangs on a necklace of white petal pearls finished with a sterling clasp.
Branches pattern with gold stamen on copper (GT1647)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Twisted `stamens' of 14k gold-filled wire sprout from the branch-patterned fine silver disc, and the warmth is picked up with a rose-gold colored chain.
Bumpy Pearls on Chain (GT1707)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Large bumpy peacock colored pearls and carved brown pearls are spaced around a sterling chain long enough to fit over your head for easy wearing.
Chalcedony and Mozambique Garnet earrings (GT1700)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Faceted Chalcedony and Mozambique Garnet wrap around sterling wires to compose these beautiful fine silver earrings.
Coin drops with Rubies earrings (GT1401)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Smooth rubies with a lovely blue/red sheen support fine silver discs in these earrings, topped by sterling wires.
Concave drop ears with gold beads (GT1653)
Fine Art by artist Gabrielle Taylor - Description: Concave paddles of textured fine silver reflect the soft gold of the 14K beads dangling from sterling wires.