A 6 month photographic challenge

6ish months ago when we were catching up with some friends in Twizel, New Zealand conversation drifted to how irregularly we take photos and a challenge was set; ‘Let’s take a photo a day for the next 6 months’.  That’s a lot of photos!

I started off with such good intentions, this is the photo that I took that February day;

It has been an interesting and fun challenge, making me look at my days a little differently.  Of course I have missed a lot of days, or taken a lot of photos on some of the days, and it is really nice to have some photos to look back on.  Time goes so fast, it is nice to stop and capture a wee moment of it, I have added 1 photo from each of the months below. Hope you enjoy them,

Berlin Street Art - March 2011
Two birds on a Boat, Korcula - April 2011
Korcula in Bloom - May 2011

 The majority of the photos that I took in June, July & August were ‘work’ photos, the challenge with these has been learning how to catch our jewellery in the right light and setting.  I discovered the neighbours window makes a good prop for taking photos of earrrings.

Earrings - June 2011
Fergus the Rescue Moggy - July 2011


Action at Seba Dizajn - August 2011
A Korcula evening - September 2011


Dubrovnik - October 2011

What do you like taking photos of and when was the last time you used your camera?




Creating a pair of Birthday Earrings

Last week we received an email asking for a pair of earrings from our facebook page for a 40th birthday present…… The original pair were purchased as a birthday present by a customer here in our Korcula store, Seba DizajnWith pleasure we set to making a new pair, here are some of the photos we took to illustrate the making of the birthday earrings.

We started by creating six small flowers
Here you can see the stems being connected to the flowers
Working on the filigree detail for the leaves that will appear at the top of the earrings
Soldering the pieces together
Work on shaping the coral used as floral centrepiece
Flower detail on the finished earrings
The finished Earrings - Happy Birthday Amanda!

We are happy to offer a photographic journey of your jewellery being made when you place a bespoke order with us, please email us at sebacroatia@yahoo.com if you would like to enquire about a bespoke piece for yourself or as an extra special gift.

You can read one of our customer reviews about our bespoke service here.

We look forward to hearing from you, regards, Ruth & Doka.

How Social Media helped me find a Graphic Designer

About 4 months ago I signed up for Nikki Pilkington’s 30 Day Blog Challenge, as a complete novice and new comer to blogging and Social Media.  I found the challenge an excellent resource and introduction to blogging.

The support and advice from fellow bloggers and facebook users  is something I have written about in a  previous posts, (A Vote of Thanks). It is fantatic to have an on-line group who will answer my silliest questions without me feeling silly!

Via the 30 Day Challenge group set up by Nikki,  I have ‘met’ Helen Bogun who runs Helz-Design, a graphic design company based in Berlin,  http://helz-design.de for our German friends.  Recently I asked Helen if she would be able to design something for our Christmas website…

we LOVE it.  Look at all the work that went into cutting around the details in our filigree jewellery. A stunning tree and lovely bit of graphic design from Helen.  We will be visiting family in Berlin in February and look forward to meeting Helen as well, our first live social media meeting, fun!

Working with Helen was so easy, she gave me an idea of when the work would be ready, answered all my emails very promptly and the work was ready on time and very reasonably priced.  What more could we want from people we are working with?  If you’re looking for a graphic designer and unsure where to start I would like to take this chance to recommend Helz-Design, drop her an email; hello@helz-design.com I know she would love to hear from you and help you with your project.

A jewellers breakfast

Wow, I really am the luckiest girl in town – this morning as I sleept Doka snuck out to the shop for some supplies and I awoke to him making breakfast.  Fantastic way to start the day, as I sipped my coffee breakfast was prepared for me, this is the life! After 14 hour days at Seba Dizajn during the summer season we are now both enjoying a little lounging time.

Here’s what we had for breakfast;

Lokuma, feta & avjar - the breakfast of champions!


these delicious wee parcels of goodness are great served with ….. CHEESE, our cheese of choice this morning was feta cheese, and a dollop of avjar – a Croatian staple made from capsicums, aubergienes, garlic and spices.

What’s your favourite breakfast?  Leave your favourite foods to start the day below.




An introduction to Adriatic Jewellery history

The content of this post comes courtesy of the Ethnographic Museum in Split; a second post on jewellery on the Dalmatian Hinterland will follow next week.

The area this post relates to is the coastal southern part of Croatia, which offers a Mediterranean climate and Mediterranean cultural influences.  The area being refers to stretches from Istria to the southern borders of Dubrovnik.

The colourful political history of this area, and its’ variety of cultural influences can be seen reflected in the jewellery of the region.  The closest and most direct influences coming
via the sea from Venice and a Venetian style can also be seen in architectural influences
in the region.

The people of this region tended to wear less jewellery than people from other regions but that was worn was made from expensive materials and was made with skills and artistic components unlike that of other areas.

Beside the use of, often gilt, bronze and silver the most common jewellery was made from gold. Golden artefacts made using a filigree or granulation technique were often decorated with coral or pearls. While artefacts made using casting method were decorated with inserted pearls, precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Photo taken at Museum in Split - no history of ring

There appears to be no jewellery that is directly related to traditional dress, and any trace of home manufactured jewellery is very rare.  An Adriatic traditional jewellery inventory consists of independent pieces made in the workshops in the urban centres of Rijeka, Zadar, Sibenik, Trogir, Split and Dubrovnik.  The jewellers or goldsmiths initials are found on the backside of any such pieces of jewellery.  The initials show a responsibility for the quality in the manufacturers work and enable pieces to be traced to the area and workshop they would have been made in.

Whilst I am sure there is more to this story this is all I have found to date, I would love to hear from you if you know more about the jewellery of this region or can direct me to additional research.