Amethyst Ring by Victor Gabriel
$400
Australian Opal Ring by Victor Gabriel
$900
Ethiopian Opal Ring by Victor Gabriel
$800
Lapis Lazuli Gold Earrings by Victor Gabriel
$1,400
Mexican Agate Ring by Victor Gabriel
$1,500
Rhodochrosite Ring by Victor Gabriel
$900
Sugilite ring by Victor Gabriel
$900
Sugilite ring by Victor Gabriel
$700
Sugilite ring by Victor Gabriel
$900
Victor Gabriel

Victor is Washoe Indian from the Lake Tahoe and Great Basin areas of California and Nevada. Born and raised in San Francisco, he spent summers with his grandmother and uncle in the Carson City Indian Colony in Nevada. Both instilled in him the Washoe culture and religion. It was through his grandmother, who beaded bottles and wove baskets, that Victor developed an appreciation of Indian art. In 1972, Victor transferred from the University of San Francisco to D-Q University, a tribal college located in the outskirts of Davis. After earning an associate degree from D-Q University, Victor attended the University of California in Davis. Searching for a form of artistic expression, he enrolled in Professor George Longfish’s Native American art course. Here he learned to make jewelry using beads, shells, porcupine quills and abalone shells. As his interest moved on to the art of silversmithing, he enrolled in the Indian Arts and Crafts Vocational Program taught by well-known jeweler and silversmith, Ben Nighthorse Campbell. In the same year Victor earned a certificate in Advanced Silversmith, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Native American studies with a minor in sociology. He later taught silversmith courses at D-Q University and at UC Davis. Victor’s artistic talent is evident by his diverse styles, ranging from stamped silver work to contemporary inlay. He uses a variety of stones, from traditional turquoise, coral, lapis and sugilite, to semi-precious gems such as Australian and Mexican fire opal, carnelian, amethyst, citrine and chalcedony to mention a few. This broad use of stones and gems attracts just as broad a range of collectors. “Lapidary work is my interpretation of a multi-colored sculpture.”