Zandra Lorena Sajbin
"I strongly believe that everything is possible if one has dreams, and that nothing is impossible if you work hard to achieve your goals."
"At first my husband and I had a hard time selling our silver jewelry, we didn't have any clients. One day, when we didn't have money for food, I went to see our son's pediatrician and he bought a few pieces. He was our first client.
"The first thing I ever made on my own was a pair of silver earrings. My husband taught me so I could help him. I remember watching him work on his own 'til all hours of the night and I really wanted to learn how to craft jewelry. Finally the day came when he asked me to help him and that's how I started. As I saw the jewelry I had been crafting and saw how beautiful it was I felt happy -- everyone kept saying how much they liked what I had made!
"It's not been easy getting established as an artisan because silver is very expensive and it's difficult to purchase. But when you set your own mind to it, you can achieve your goals. My greatest dream is to be able to buy a piece of land and build my own house so that I may leave it to my two sons.
"I like to work with jade because it is a sacred stone for us Maya people. Jade used to be worn as an amulet, and those who wore the most jade pieces were considered to be the most important people in the community. Rescuing the value of our traditions is always important.
"Silver has become a way of life for my family, and little by little I'm teaching my sons so that when they grow up they may choose to continue what their mom and dad began for them.
"Guatemala offers many opportunities for those of us who like to work hard and now my husband and I have a workshop where we also sell our designs. I strongly believe that everything is possible if one has dreams, and that nothing is impossible if you work hard to achieve your goals.
"I think Novica and the people who support traditional handcrafts can tell that ours is a jewelry that satisfies the highest demands.
"I lead a happy and tranquil life together with my loved ones. I enjoy going to fairs and expos to exhibit my jewelry. We have received several recognitions from Guatemala's Tourism Institute where they give special mention to the high quality of our pieces, as well as for our hard work. I believe our jewelry reflects all the love that we pour into what we do. Our customers are mostly tourists who like our designs because we use the best jade and the best quality silver we can find.
"Offering my art through Novica is another dream come true. I am honored to see people beyond Guatemala's borders wear my designs. Each of them bears my best wishes."
All products from Zandra Lorena Sajbin
Jade pendant necklace, 'Ee Maya Destiny'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Ajmaq, Maya Forgiveness'
Jade pendant necklace, 'No'j, Maya Wisdom'
Jade pendant necklace, 'I'x, Maya Femininity'
Jade heart bracelet, 'Love Immemorial'
Jade heart necklace, 'Green Maya Heart'
Jade heart necklace, 'Love Immemorial'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Pale Green Tears'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Face of the Moon'
Men's dark green jade pendant necklace, 'Jaguar Fang'
Jade button earrings, 'Marine Turtles'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Quetzal Flight'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Quetzal In Love'
Reversible lilac jade pendant necklace, 'Tikal'
Light green jade heart bracelet, 'Love Immemorial'
Lilac jade dangle earrings, 'Quetzal Flight'
Light green jade dangle earrings, 'Marine Turtles'
Men's lilac jade pendant necklace, 'Wide Jaguar Fang'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Dark Green Clover'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Mystic Green Cats'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Forest Cat'
Jade cocktail ring, 'Maya Forest Princess'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Maya Empress'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Princess of the Forest'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Quetzal Eclipse'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Aj Maya Generation'
Jade pendant necklace, 'B'atz Maya Time'
Jade pendant necklace, 'Kan, Maya Serpent'
Jade dangle earrings, 'Marine Turtles'
Jade cocktail ring, 'Light Green Maya Mystique'
Reversible jade pendant necklace, 'Quetzal Eclipse'