Sisters create local jewelry line with Steamboat lifestyle in mind |

Sisters create local jewelry line with Steamboat lifestyle in mind

This agate earring is just one of many examples where Sita Jacobson and Ea Moulten have used precious stones and gold to create fine jewelry for Sabina Jewelry in Steamboat Springs.
John F. Russell

— As kids, sisters Sita Jacobson and Ea Moulton remember the excitement and anticipation of visiting their grandmother, Sabina.

Sabina was a lover of jewelry. Not just any kind however, but rare, antique, fine art jewelry that she collected over the years.

It was this woman who provided the inspiration behind Sabina Jewelry.

To join her sister in Steamboat Springs, Jacobson moved from Maui in 2010 and brought her love for jewelry making along with her.

“I started out making it for myself because I like jewelry to enhance beauty, because sometimes it can be overpowering,” Jacobson said. “There is a simplicity in these pieces that provide that.”

At first, the pieces were made with wire wrapping and hammering techniques then last year the sisters began soldering pieces and incorporating seashells, arrowheads, geodes, fine gems and Tahitian pearls into the jewelry designs.

“It’s not what you would say is a true Steamboat design or one that is commonly found here but we’ve just taken the designs and ideas we think are simple and gorgeous,” Jacobson said.

Their most popular collection offers something that isn’t usually seen with most earrings. Known as the Sabina interchangeable collection and bundles, these pieces allow a set of earrings to transform into a bracket, necklace or different variation of earring.

“It’s a simplistic design but serves you so well,” said Sydney Duncan, a friend of the sisters who has seen the business evolve over the past four years. “I can take one or two pieces and wear it in so many different ways.”

This particular collection — that was fully developed a year ago, after they acquired the lever-back chain — lends itself to individual creativity.

“In our eyes, we’ve come up with that concept and idea of making pieces people can have but continue to add on to and be as creative as they want,” Moulton said.

Jacobson said this new line is inspired by the Steamboat lifestyle — active, outdoorsy and always on the go — as well as by memories of growing up in Hawaii, where the sisters often visit.

“We’ve taken the love of the ocean and the mountains and brought those together to create Sabina Jewelry,” Jacobson said.

Sabina Jewelry has a booth at the local Farmers Market, Art in the Park or Art on the Mountain in the summertime. The jewelry can also be found at the One Steamboat Place spa, Life Essentials Day Spa or online at

“To create this high-end jewelry out of a little studio is really admirable and brave of them to put themselves out there and push forward with Sabina Jewelry,” Duncan said. “Their entrepreneurial spirit is really commendable.”

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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