Gamble, a low-key Connecticut native and former Wall Streeter, began toying with the idea of an accessories line four years ago. Inspired by a turquoise-stone covered Yves Saint Laurent bag, she went looking for fabrics that could complement her own gemstone-bedecked creations. When she discovered a crocodile skin at a tannery in New Haven, she stopped searching. Today, many of her bags (priced from $1100 to $4200) are decorated with unexpected jewels, like hand-carved jade pieces (she travels to China every year to pick out a stash) and unpolished obsidian "fingers." But just as many are unadorned.

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