Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Magnificent stone carvings, gorgeous beaches, and bicycle paths leading to other scenic wonders is just a sampling of what you will find at the Ring of Kerry in Ireland. Ireland is also home to featured jewelry designer Sabine Lenz.

Lyrical romanticism is a quality inherent in the work of many contemporary Irish jewelry designers from Slim Barrett’s provocative style to John Christopher Condron’s exquisitely feminine designer jewelry.

Lenz’ classic, elegant style implements delicate sterling silver and gold charms with old Gaelic equivalents for 'love' (gra) and 'forever' (go deo) engraved on the metal surfaces.

Charm necklaces featuring keys, hearts, lattice patterns, leaves and freshwater pearls signify change, love, secrets, life and dreams.

Inspired by ancient Celtic manuscripts such as the Book of Durrow, and the Book of Deer, Lenz incorporates surface textures of brushed finishes, etched lines, and engravings. These delicate minutiae complete the rich yet understated visual language of Lenz’ 18-and 22-karat gold and sterling silver jewelry.

Coupled with her ethereal charm jewelry, Lenz creates understated, modern jewelry that highlights clean lines, geometric forms and timeless staples like her pearl strands composed of undyed freshwater pearls.

Her Suncurve items blend contrasts of sterling silver with small, square accents of 22-karat gold while her Oleander pieces feature a lovely 22-karat gold leaf petal design set within a sterling silver frame.

Lenz’ Cascade Ring, however, is a great example of a more grand romantic style with its bold, cut-out band and Tahitian black pearl perched in a bowl setting that is surrounded by dainty aquamarine gemstone beads.

“I like to think of my jewelry as an expression of existence; of having been somewhere with someone and shared a moment,” says Lenz. “There is a great joy in creating something that appeals to so many different people.

I believe each piece of jewelry carries a message and that there is a personal connection with the wearer. Jewelry has always been and still is a magical companion.”

Lenz showcases her work through Enibas.com; a company she co-founded with her husband, Len Lipitch, in 1993 that also features designer jewelry from other Irish and European jewelry artists.
Photo 1 (top right): Sterling Silver and 22-Karat Gold Oleander Triple Pendant NecklacePhoto 2 (center): Sterling Silver Amulet – My Secret Pendant II
Photo 3 (bottom left): Sterling Silver and 22-Karat Gold Cascade Ring with Tahitian Pearl and Aquamarine
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