Sabine Koehring: the Designer
Sabine Koehring was born in Reims, France. She spent the first part of her adult life in Lille, a large metropolis located at, and known as the crossroads of Europe. She enjoyed the rich cultural life that she found there and she would frequently visit London, Paris and Brussels. A free spirit, she was always on the lookout for a way of life that would reflect her personality, allow her to express herself and exchange ideas with a diversity of people. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga, long before it was popular, led her to India, and strangely enough, to California, where she met her husband Alan. He was the owner of a jewelry import company called "Tidepool Enterprises". In a moment of enlightenment, maybe brought on by an intense yoga practice, Sabine decided to add her touch to the company by designing her own line of jewelry. She started working in silver and found her new occupation extremely rewarding and spiritually wholesome. "Tidepool Enterprises" became Tidepool for simplicity’s sake.
Simplicity is what Sabine strives for in her work, often only to reveal some exquisite details: tiny organic carvings from the rainforest, some carefully chosen multicolored stones, or some delicate metalwork. Her lines are created for everyday wear and enjoyment, as conversation pieces or just to play with . She now lives in San Diego with her husband, her son Dorian and her dog, Benji.
Tagua Nut Jewelry
Tagua (tah-gwah), a plant alternative to ivory, comes from a palm that grows in the rainforests of South America. It is a large, hard nut that can be cut shaped and sculpted into many artistic designs. It takes a beautiful polish and the graceful way it ages resembles closely the way ivory does. It will look its best rubbed with a little oil to keep its soft sheen. Never wear your tagua jewelry in the shower, hot tub or swimming pool. Tagua is a renewable resource, and by using it in our designs, we at Tidepool are trying to support the people living in or near the rain forests. If the rainforests are harvested for the nuts, it makes them more valuable than they would be harvested for timber. Help preserve them.