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Suitcase Series: Sabine Roemer in London

London-based jewellery artist and sculptor, Sabine Roemer, has designed for the Nelson Mandela Foundation and had her pieces adorned on The Oscars red carpet.

From her London studio, Sabine is known for working with high-profile clients on bespoke high jewellery commissions, charity collaborations and artistic sculptures. She has mastered a wide range of jewellery-making techniques, including stone cutting, carving, stone setting and design and was the youngest ever female Masters graduate from Germany’s Pforzheim Goldsmith and Watchmaker school.

Having worked with the biggest jewellery and fashion houses, she then made her name with her own beautifully sculpted fine jewellery designs. Be it her handmade Arabian Nights collection or Snow White Rose ring, her creations are miniature works of organic, luxurious and socially responsible art. Her first impressive projects included custom-made jewellery designs at the Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, followed by creating Trend Vision pieces for Swarovski and it only goes up from here.

What is the first trip you remember taking?

To our house in South if France, we loved growing up there. We made friends we still have and used to see them all the time – we learned surfing there and speaking French. It was not just a holiday – it felt like a home away from home.

If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?

I think I would say François-Xavier Lalanne, the French sculpture artist, or Karl Lagergeld. Creating art –  jewellery and fashion – is my life so I think it would be fascinating to sit next to them.

How do you recover from jet lag?

With two small babies I don’t really jet-leg anymore but good advice is always to stay up as long as you can when you arrive and just go to bed with the locals. Also drinking a lot of water of course.

Your flight’s delayed an hour and your phone’s out of battery. How do you pass the time?

Finally reading a book again, sketching… or booking a massage.

Biggest lesson from your travels?

Pack lightly. And travel the extra mile even if it is a hassle. Seeing new things and having new experiences is all that matters.

Do you travel for food, leisure, culture or something else?

I would probably say joy, culture, leisure and work (which is joy again). I truly love travelling and exploring this beautiful planet with amazing people around the world.

Favourite Hotel? Why?

I think there are so many, but for now I think I have to say the St.Regis in Mauritius. It was heavenly to spend time on the beach with amazing food and scenery. There is even an underwater waterfall in the Laguna. Seeing the whales swim by the shore and being able to walk to the Kite beach was the best for me!

Favourite airline?

Being based in London, I would say British Airways, but I do love my Lufthansa as well.

What’s on your travel playlist?

I listen to John Legend’s Radio a lot. It is relaxing, calming and always seems like my iPod is on shuffle.

Where next?

California – which is a second home. I spend so much time in LA and my husband used to live in San Francisco so we both love the West Coast and have good friends over there.

What are your must-have travel picks?

I love the Eve Lom Moisture and Hydration mask. My little travel Byredo leather perfume case which I just received so I can take my favourite scent with me everywhere. The Alexander McQueen Woold & Cashmere Shawl which I will always take on the plane with me.

And of course my easy to wear jewellery from Atelier Romy – I love especially the line earring as it is so easy to wear but you still look elegant and edgy.

First thing that comes to your mind?

Hand-luggage essential?

If it is a over night flight – sleeping mask and sleeping spray by this works, Pen & paper as I seem to always draw everywhere, notebook and (old school) diary, and my jewellery always travels in my hand luggage.

Packing: roll or fold?

A mixture – silk always roll!!! The rest fold.

Time killer on a long-haul flight?

There is no time killer as even watching a movie – reading a book or sketching is all things I enjoy and finally have time to do.

On-flight tipple of choice?

I don’t drink alcohol on the plane – only water.

Bucket list top destination?

Kenya for the migration, Machu Pichu and Japan!

Best shopping gem found abroad?

I guess this must be actually GEMS 🙂 I always source gemstones around the world or local product to use in jewellery. I found amazing Opals in Coober Pedy once and a carved Mala in the Himalayas out of Jak Bones which I made into 3 bracelets so everyone could have one … these were stunning.

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