Monday, October 26, 2009

4 year anniversary

Today marks my fourth year in Norway and my anniversary with my lovely boyfriend John. So, I am going to offer a HUGE sale in my shop until the 1st of November.
So hop on over to my sale section for a 20% off sale celebration!

This will be my last sale before christmas, so stack up on those presents! :)

I am off celebrating by doing a round of pilates! :D

Happy monday everybody!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

New lovelies

Yeah I know it's been a while since I last blogged. I think I am hit with the sleepy sickness. Perhaps it's the season, especially now that the days here are getting much shorter. Pretty soon we'll be having the arctic darkness again which I usually embrace because I thrive creatively during the winter months, however, I think this is the first year since having moved to the north of Norway that I am feeling the effects of the approaching season. I could take countless naps throughout the day. I think I might have to pull out my daylight lamp again and see if that will help.

I have however been very busy in my studio. I am almost caught up with all of my custom orders and will be able to spend some more time behind my messy bench. I am waiting on some gorgeous Picasso jasper cabochon and beads that I'd like to incorporate into some earrings. I hope they'll get here in the next couple of days so I can start filling up the shop. I will be offering some smaller and more affordable items as well.

Here are my two latest pieces:

A picasso jasper necklace that I bezel set and oxidized to bring out the gorgeous color of the stone. This is a beautiful stone and I thought it would look best in a simple setting.

The other one is a shadow box ring featuring a stunning green-blue turquoise cabochon that is set in a pure silver bezel. For a more rustic look I added a textured band around the baseplate. This ring is oxidized as well and given a nice smooth finish.

I hope these two beauties will find their way in the hands of a new owner that will love them just as much as I do!

Happy sunday everyone!

P.S. I will have some pictures of Tromsø in the next couple of days!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009


I guess the many walks I take got me inspired to make some rustic nature inspired pieces. I have more on the way, but I thought to give you a little sneak peak to what I have been up to lately:

One necklace features a hand sawed oak leaf silhouette pendant with a 14 carat gold pebble along with some textured marks to outline the design and give it some definition. Reminds me of those crisp cold winter nights here with the moon illuminating the rugged terrain.
The other necklace is flanked by a hand sawed Gingko leaf and a stunning orange carnelian cabochon. This also has been textured with tiny hammer marks and some "grass" on the bottom.
Then we have a pair of the sweetest earrings ( well in my humble point of view ) that are my new favorites: A pair of hand sawed oak leafs that are shown off by a molten sterling pebble. Just delightful and so unique. If they sell well I will make more of them.

All of these pieces have been oxidized and given a nice selective brushed satin finish.

Hope you'll like them as much as I do!

I'm going back behind my bench now and try to finish some more pieces I have started earlier today! It's just going to be a wonderful creative day! I think I will just skip my walk today ( it's raining ) and listen to Michael Bublé's new album while I saw away....sounds great, doesn't it?

Hope you are all doing just swell!


Winner Announcement

*Drumroll****...and the winner of my October giveaway is: Pippirose!!! Congratulations! You have won one of my "dreamer" rings.

Thanks again to everyone for participating! I appreciate it more than you'll ever know!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Thank you! Merci! Tusen Takk! Gracias!


I can't believe how many of you entered this giveaway! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who let me know which piece you like best, who twittered, who became my blog followers and facebook fans! I am so touched that I wish I'd be able to give each one of you my "dreamer" ring!
I will be announcing the winner later on today, after I am finished with writing the 131 entries down. As a special "thank you" to all of you who participated I will offer $10 dollars off the "dreamer" ring until the end of this month.

Stay tuned for the winner announcement....

Later tater!


Thursday, October 15, 2009

October Giveaway


I'm having a giveaway this month where the lucky winner will get one of my "Dreamer" rings.

1. To enter visit my shop and leave a comment letting me know which piece is your favorite!

For additional entries:

2. Twitter this post
Leave me a comment here so that I know you did so.

3. Blog about this contest; linking to this post
Leave a comment here so that I know you did so, and don't forget your link!

4. Follow my blog

5.Become a fan of Sabine A. Jewelry Design on Facebook,
and leave a comment for me here so that I know you did so.

You have a total of 5 possible ways to enter this GiveAway.

This contest is open to everyone.


Midnight ( Eastern time ) on Sunday, October 18th!

Good luck!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Is this Justice?

I have long been thinking that the Norwegian judicial system needs some serious upgrading in many ways, but one upgrade that sends a very serious message to all the child molesters here in Norway.
Not much more outrageous me than child abuse.
Just now read a story in one of the biggest newspapers here in Norway ( Dagbladet ) that a man got sentenced to 60 days in jail for molesting his own daughter, his step daughter and a friend. This kind of sentencing sends out a message that it is basically okay to molest a child. I'm just outraged every time I read this sort of thing. I'm worried for all the kids out there that have to endure this kind of horrible abuse with the perpetrator walking the streets again in just a few weeks.
How frightening it must be for a child to know that this person will be out of jail in next to no time. So much anxiety, never mind the psychological aspect of it all. Just incredible. I feel I just can't sit back anymore and let this happen. The laws need to toughen!
We need to protect the children!

Just needed to vent!


Friday, October 9, 2009

Amusing adventures of metal

And then we have another beauty. An eco friendly ring! Bezel set Fordite* see story about it below! Will be in the shop tomorrow!
Fordite, also known as Motor Agate, is a unique automotive enamel material with an interesting history. The original layered automotive paint slag "rough" was made incidentally, years ago, by the now extinct practice of hand spray-painting multiples of production cars in big automotive factories.The oversprayed paint in the painting bays gradually built up on the tracks and skids that the car frames were painted on. Over time, many colorful layers built up there. These layers were hardened repeatedly in the ovens that the car bodies went into to cure the paint. Some of these deeper layers were even baked 100 times. Eventually, the paint build-up would become obstructing, or too thick and heavy, and had to be removed.
As the story goes, some crafty workers with an eye for beauty realized that this unique byproduct was worth salvaging. It was super-cured, patterned like psychedelic agate, and could be cut and polished with relative ease! Wow!

“RECYCLE IT!” seemed to be the resounding sentiment. And so it was...
As word got around about this remarkable material, it's been said that rock hounds started showing up at auto factories, offering to help remove that problematic paint!
Bezel set Ocean Jasper. I'm in love with this one. The colors are just so organic and earthy. A true gem*.
Sadly, the techniques that produced this great rough years ago, are no longer in practice. Cars are now painted by way of an electrostatic process that essentially magnetizes the enamels to the car bodies. This leaves little, or no overspray. The old factory methods that created this incredible material are long gone.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Rolling mill gone rusty

While I was in Germany I purchased myself a new rolling mill. It was so much easier to purchase one there since we were there with the car. That way we avoided outrageous amounts of shipping and duty costs.
Well, I finally got it mounted onto my studio table and when John tried to change one of the rollers, one of the bolts holding the roller broke right off. Underneath and the area surrounding the the bolt had tons of rust on it. I wonder how long this machine has been sitting in the warehouse of this rather large jewelers supply company. I will have to try and find a metalworker here in town that might be able to get the rest of the screw out. I just hope I won't have to send the machine back to Germany. That would be a costly procedure. I am sure they won't cover the cost of shipping. The machine weighs in at whooping 55 pounds! Wish me luck! I won't want to have to buy a new one! Those items don't come cheap.

Friday, October 2, 2009

This story breaks my heart.

I am lost for words. No child should EVER suffer in the hands of an adult. There are absolute no excuses when it comes to child abuse. P e r i o d !!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Here I am with my incredibly funny and cool sister Anja

Cozy little cafés in some of the lovely cobblestone side streets. I want to go back!

The Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-Strasbourg or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg

The Rhine river


I just went through all my pictures from our trip to Germany/France and thought to share a few more delicious looking pictures.
These ones were taken in Strasbourg. Gosh, was REALLY hard to pass up on all these goodies. I already ate too much while we were there. I couldn't possibly stuff in more even if I wanted to! Bummer!