"I strongly believe that everything is possible if one has dreams, and that nothing is impossible if you work hard to achieve your goals."
"My son's pediatrician and a priest from San Lucas Toliman, who I regard as my father, are my guardian angels. I'm a happy person who loves to chat, I'm honest and responsible, and I'm also a little bit strict. I was born on May 23, 1983 in Quiché but I grew up in an orphanage in San Lucas Toliman.
"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."
25 Testimonials for Zandra Lorena Sajbin
I love my ring, it's just beautiful!!! Thank you Zandra, great job!
Thank you for this amazing earring love the color and how its looks
Very pretty and great attention to detail by Zandra.
I ordered the Black Tonalites(black jade ring) and the Lilac Quetzal Eclipse(purple & black jade reversible necklace) and I love both of them. The ring and the necklace are both beautiful and the quality is exceptional. I ordered the medium size in the necklace & it was larger than expected but not too large. These were my first purple and black jade pieces & I couldn't be happier. I'm already looking to purchase a couple more items from Zandra(the purple jade ring is calling my name).
This artist produces beautiful hand made earrings. She has a feel for the natural world around her and my wife loves her gift. Look carefully and you will feel her soul in her work.
I recently bought the large eclpise pendant in Lilac. It arrived in New Zealand within 5 days and is just beautiful. I enjoy knowing who made it and it is a work of art- my 50th Birtday present- and just wonderful Thank you
I ordered two pair of silver and jade earrings. One wss to replace an earring I lost that I originally purchased in Guatemala. The workmanship on the earrings is exquisite. They are exactly what I wanted. Thank you, Zandra.
I ordered the ""Life Divine"" Jade Cocktail Ring TWO days ago and it's already here! Super fast shipping! And the ring is BEAUTIFUL! Cannot wait to make more purchases with Zandra!
I received my ring yesterday, Midnight Forest, and I love it. It is so gorgeous. Living in Hawaii we are surrounded by tropical forest and I like how the jade resembles the trees in our valley. The cut of the stone is unique and exquisite. Very very beautiful work Zandra! I will definitely purchase from this artist and NOVICA again. Aloha!
I made my purchase for a grand daughter who lives in anohter city but judging from the call I received from her and her mom, the gift was as great in person as it was seeing it online. Thanks for your time , effort and creativity. Very nice gift! Austin, Texas
I purchased Zandra Lorena Sajbin's Jade ""Quetzal Eclipse"" for my wife and she definitely approves. The coloring on our piece was lovely, and I'm going to order matching earrings to surprise her soon.
I just received the Light Green Maya Mystique ring. It's such a beautiful and unique ring. The stone has a very calming energy. Thank you Zandra!
I just received my lilac jade ""Floating in the Breeze"" earrings, and I absolutely love them! They are skillfully crafted, graceful and unique. Since I put them on, I don’t want to take them off, I’m wearing them right now! The packaging is simply wonderful – always wanted my own “worry” doll! The enclosed hand-written card with a view of Lago Atitlan reminded me of my travels in Guatemala several years ago. It’s that personal touch that makes all the difference – it made me feel that special connection to the artist and her home. Thank you Zandra Lorena for the wonderful artwork you are sharing with us, and thank you Novica for supporting the local artists.
Just received the ""Princess of the Forest"" jade pendant necklace and ""Maya Life"" light green jade earrings and I am extremely amazed at how beautiful these jewelry pieces are. Beautiful and well made by Zandra Loreba Sajbin. Love the colors of the dark and light jade and quality and design of the necklace and earrings. Very stunning in person and on the website! Thank you, Zandra, for your artistic design and love your packaging also. Have my eye on something else from you in the near future! Love it....! Thank you, Lorraine King USA
Fast arrival via airmail. The black jade 'harmonious' earrings are beautiful and professionally crafted. Arrived in a gift cloth bag with a hand made muneca doll. Very nice. Thank you, S. Davis
I have purchased three lavender earrings and a pendant from you. The work is so beautifully done. They are gifts for birthdays and Christmas. Those who have relieved them are so pleased with the earrings and absolutely love your packaging with the worry dolls. You are very talented.
My heart shaped jade ring , love immemorial, arrived today. It is so beautiful and just the right size for my hand . The color of the jade is slightly lighter than pictured and that is a plus for me. It is a comfortable ring to wear. Just love heart shàped jewelry. Also I appreciate the gift bag which doubles as a worry doll. I have never seen such a bag. It is very cute. A tiny handmade worrydoll is attached to the gift bag. Thank you for your creations, Rebecca
Thank you Sandra I bought the bracelet jocotengo because I love haveing all the rainbow jade colors. It is a piece that I wear on a daily basis. You know I use to live in the village of Jocotenago from 1995 untill 2004. It was a great expierce learning my culture since both my parents and my husband are Guatemalan.