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Saipan jewelry designer/photographer creates waves in Boise

A jewelry designer and lifestyle photographer from Saipan is making the CNMI proud in Boise, Idaho.

Laurie Anne Tenorio-Gentry with her husband Stephen Gentry.Laurie Anne Tenorio-Gentry, daughter of former Department of Public Safety Deputy Commissioner Lino Tenorio and Levie Tenorio, left Saipan in 2007.

Tenorio-Gentry, 25, moved to Saint Louis, Missouri and then to Honolulu, Hawaii with her military husband Stephen L. Gentry and their two sons, 21-month-old Tristen Malakye and 11-month-old Izaiah McKenzie before settling in Boise last year.

As an island girl, Tenorio-Gentry said she represents the people of the Pacific and their talents.

Some samples of the Lali-Ana jewelry collections.A lifestyle photographer and lace jewelry designer, Tenorio-Gentry was chosen to showcase her jewelry that was worn by professional runway models on Sept 20, 2012 at the Powerhouse Event Center in Boise.

“We had over 18 models whom I accessorized with my handmade jewelry from head to toe, together with other designers and artists working as a team in the Head to Toe Fashion Show. I believe I am the first of our Pacific Islanders from the CNMI to be recognized in this type of event,” Tenorio-Gentry said.

She started designing handmade jewelry in Nov. 2011 but she has already been featured in A Wedding Magazine in the United Kingdom, and is now a wholesale distributor for several online fashion stores.

Professional models showcase Laurie Anne Tenorio-Gentry’s jewelry creations at the Powerhouse Event Center in Boise Idaho on Sept. 20, 2012.Tenorio-Gentry is a member of RAW Artists, an “independent arts organization, for artists and by artists composed of creative individuals across the nation.” RAW is  established in 65 locations nationwide.

It is Tenorio-Gentry’s hope to be able to come home to Saipan one day and found the first RAW on island.

She said her passion has always been to design and create fashionable items.

“I wanted to create something fun, chic, unique and very beautiful for women of all ages, and lace jewelry just happened to be the one,” she said.

She is in “love” with vintage and  modern looks so she combines them in the accessories she creates.

“Every artist inspires me, anything and everything that I admire — I try to re-create it, but with a simple and elegant look,” Tenorio-Gentry said.

When family and friends showed their support for her creations, it gave her the confidence and the motivation to continue to expand.

Laurie Anne Tenorio-Gentry gets on stage along with other designers after the fashion show at the Powerhouse Event Center in Boise. Contributed photosLali-Ana

Tenorio-Gentry calls her business Laurie Anne’s Creations (Photography) or Jewels by Lali-Ana.

“Lali-Ana means Laurie Anne in Hawaiian. I wanted a name that speaks for my elegant lightweight jewelry and to represent an island girl such as myself,” Tenorio-Gentry said.

Lali-Ana is a collection of one-of-a-kind and limited edition handmade lace jewels — elegant and lightweight and can be worn every day for any occasion.

Tenorio-Gentry crafts each piece by hand using a variety of lace designs and blending them with vintage and radiant gemstones, pearls, crystals and chain embellishments to come up with a chic and classy look.

All of her jewels are  named after family members and close friends in the CNMI.

Tenorio-Gentry said she is very honored to have worked with well-known designers and artists in Boise including Sole-Feet Creations-Aubrey Brower, Vintage Faery Mask Creations-Amanda Fitch, Make-up & Hairstylist Dale Tu, Spenser McBride, Delila, Jose and Nena Earl Fashion.

On Saipan, Tenorio-Gentry’s jewelry creations are sold at Glenna Reyes’ Walk in Closet on Beach Road.

Next to designing, Tenorio-Gentry loves traveling and photography. She is a self-taught photographer who can capture anything in sight — portraiture, artistic sculpture, food, classic cars, experienced or non-experienced models, party people or fashionistas.

Trust her to capture your most priceless moment at the most reasonable prices wherever you may be!

Tenorio-Gentry said she hopes her dad will be able to see that she left the islands to make something out of herself.

“I am very proud of what I do, and I hope he feels the same way,” she said, referring to her father.

Visit her shop on Etsy at,, or, or email her at