Celebrating World Peace Day

On November 17th, we celebrate World Peace Day. As some may know, a dove and the olive branch represent peace. The ancient symbolism of the dove started back to the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. The story of the dove returning to the Arc with a fresh olive branch revealed to Noah that the land was no longer flooded. The dove symbolism also derive from the early Christian art in which the dove signifies the peace of the soul. In honor of World Peace Day, we’re presenting you with 4 stunning treasures that greatly symbolize peace and harmony.

Recycled Glass Dove Nightlight

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Fill your home with light and tranquility. Our Florida artisans, the Gray family, create this recycled glass nightlight. Not only are they creating a handmade treasure that signifies peace but they’re also protecting our environment by creating these eco-friendly designs one at a time.

Daniel Lyons’ Dove of Peace Pin and Pendant

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Our London artisan, Daniel Lyons designed this lovely Dove of Peace pendant necklace. The pendant is spectacularly detailed and the metallic colors, silver and gold coordinate beautifully together. The design of this necklace is also inspired by Terri’s favorite prayers, ”may the world see peace speedily in our days.”

”Dove of the Holy Spirit”

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This art piece was inspired by a painting by 13th century artist, Andrea Del Verrochio and his learner Leonardo da Vinci. The Lazzari family beautifully transfers this image to a damp mortar for a century old look. The choice of colors sends us a heavenly ambiance that works perfectly with the theme of the artwork.

Dove Pewter Christmas Ornament

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Our artisan John and Bonnie handcrafted this highly detailed ornament. Made from lead-free pewter, this dove ornament has a smooth and beautiful shine to it. The symbolism of this ornament will add a meaningful touch to your Christmas tree.

 

3 Unique Table Centerpieces for the Home

It is that time of year to throw formal family parties and what may come to mind other than delicious food is to dazzle our guests with a beautiful tablescape. Every host wants to pull together a show-stopping table arrangement that suits their style. Depending on your style, a beautiful yet distinctive centerpiece can add great charm to your everyday home décor. If you are looking for something distinctive to add to your dining table this year, we have 3 unique centerpieces that will make all your guests stare and smile!

”In The Palm of My Hands” Sculptural Bowl

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This one-of-a-kind sculptural bowl gives off a boho chic ambiance.  You can add a succulent or even a rose to bring in the outdoor nature indoors. The detail of this handmade piece is finessed to perfection and it will make a great accent to your dining table.

Hudson River Ice House Bowl

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This icy bowl will add distinctiveness yet elegance to your tablescape. This highly reflective glass bowl emanates a wintry feeling. This is the perfect centerpiece for those who love to add a unique and frosty touch to their dining room space.

Giovanni’s Borosilicate Glass Candle Holder and Vase

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This amazing candle holder and vase will absolutely wow your guests. The vase is ideal for those with less experience in arranging flowers and makes it easier for any flower arrangement professional. You may also add a candle if you desire. Adding seasonal flowers or any flowers of your choice will bring out your style and create the mood that you are seeking.

The Joy of Pumpkins

A pop of pumpkin will add an immense deal of vibrancy to your home or even your wardrobe this time of year. Many of our artisans are inspired by pumpkins when creating seasonal pieces made for every person, from jewelry to Jack-O’-Lanterns. Whether they were hand blown or handcrafted, these handmade treasures were skillfully created one at a time. Explore our one-of-kind pumpkin treasures to add to your celebrations this season!

Hand-Gilded Jack-O’-Lantern Wine Glass

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These Halloween inspired wine glasses are transformed from ordinary glass into brilliant works of art. Amedeo of Verona, Italy and his two sons, Valentino and Roberto apply stucco jack-o’-lanterns to the glass, a layer of gold leaf, and then brush each one with lucent glazes. Once completely dry, each is hand-polished to a gleaming luster.

Christie’s Pumpkin Patch Suncatcher

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Suncatchers are a superb way to decorate your home for the fall season. Christie of Texas creates each pumpkin patch stained glass suncatcher in beautiful shades of orange. This skillfully handmade work of art will look festive hung up indoors near windows.

Polish Pottery Small Orange Pumpkin

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Polish pottery artisans create pieces that will make a perfect accent to your home, such as this autumnal pumpkin. Each small pumpkin is strikingly original and detailed. The colors and patterns are perfectly selected to create this autumnal theme.

Leon Nussbaum’s Mexican Opal Pumpkin Earrings

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Designed by Leon Nussbaum, these Mexican opal pumpkin earrings are perfect for the autumn season, featuring bright and shimmering yellow, orange and red Mexican opal. Pair these earrings with your favorite outfit to give your look a little seasonal spice.

4 Ways to Wear Your Favorite Scarf

As the weather grows colder, we break out our favorite fall accessories: Hats, boots, mittens…but the best of all? Scarves! One of the most versatile accessories, a scarf can be worn in multiple ways for a variety of occasions. Loop it around your neck with your favorite sweater for a cozy-comfy look, or drape it over your shoulders while you wear your favorite evening attire. To help you stay fashionable this chilly season, we’re presenting you with 4 ways to wear your favorite scarf!

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1. Over the shoulder

Give your look a more dramatic flair while remaining cozy and chic! Start by wrapping your scarf around your neck. Instead of keeping both ends in the front, allow one to remain in back by throwing it over your shoulder. This look is the perfect way to break up symmetry and give you an edgier style.

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Red Guipure Lace Scarf

 2. Tie it!

We love the look of our Red Guipure Lace Scarf when it’s tied at the neck. Simply wrap your scarf around your neck, and tie the two loose ends into a single knot in front of you. You can tie the knot high and close to your neck, or lower, for a looser, more relaxed look.

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 Joyita’s Silk Sunflower Scarf Set

 3. Clip it

Looking to add a fun detail to your scarf? Try clipping it! Simply wrap your scarf around your neck, with the two loose ends dangling in front of you. Grab your favorite brooch or pin, and use it to clip/connect the two ends of the scarf together at the midway point. Match your brooch to your scarf, or switch it up with a pop of a different color. There are so many possibilities with this style, so have fun with it!

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Italian Rainbow Plaid Scarf

 4. Drape it

Add an elegant touch to your favorite dress or evening wear by draping your scarf as if it were a shawl. Keep in mind that this look requires a scarf that’s a little on the wider side, so that it may stay comfortably on your shoulders.

5 Halloween Inspired Home Décor Ideas

Around this time of year in New England, we see the beauty of change in the season. The colors green, yellow, orange, and red embark the transition into autumn. As our days get shorter and our nights get colder, we cozy up in our homes. Whether you love autumn or looking for ways to get your home into the spirit of Halloween; these accent pieces will bring character into your room in a festive, elegant way.

2018 Edition Polish Pottery Jack-O’-Lantern 

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Placing pumpkins around your home will create a fun look to any room. This decorative Polish pottery Jack-O’-Lantern is skillfully handmade. Halloween motifs are stamped on with hand-carved sea sponges and details are added with fine brushwork.

Polymer Clay Ghosts Figurine

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Add some effortless and spooky touches to your home. These ghost figurines will add a hauntingly yet adorable look to your décor and will leave your guests smiling. These figurines are made from brilliantly colored polymer clay, which is a hardenable modeling clay.

Polish Pottery Haunted House Luminaries

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Add a tea light to this haunted house luminary to light up a room and add a warm touch to your home. Use multiple luminaries while decorating to enhance the spookiness of your entry table or mantel for all your guests to see.

Autumn’s Bounty Wreath

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Celebrate all things Fall! Wreaths are the perfect décor piece to add an instant seasonal change to any home. This adorable wreath featuring mini pumpkins and colorful leaves is sure to add a touch of autumnal flair.

Hand-Painted Witch Wall Art

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Throughout folklore history, witches have been synonymous with wickedness and magic. This spooky wall art piece featuring a witch flying on her broomstick across the night sky will definitely add a touch of hocus pocus to any room. Each piece is beautifully hand-painted then triple-coated in sealant for added durability.

October Birthstone: Opal Stone

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Opal, known as the ”queen of gems,” can flash patterns of color representing every hue of the rainbow. Believed by ancient people to actually contain fire, opal has long been credited as having magical qualities. By tradition, opal was said to help its wearer in seeing endless possibilities. With many years of history behind it, we would like to share with you the history, formation, and types of this miraculous stone.

The Discovery of Opals

Opal has been discovered similarly to the way diamonds were produced and was priced as high as diamonds in ancient Greece. The famous anthropologist, Louis Leakey discovered the earliest known opal artifacts in the caves of Kenya. Historically, these stones were also found in Australia, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Brazil.

Ancient Romans adored opal and provided the first real market for them. This was a great deal because by that time many countries had become familiar with opal and the wealthiest people acquired a passion for beautiful gems.

How Opal Is Processed

Our artisans produce the opal resin by crushing natural rock and mixing it with a specially developed resin, which allows them to easily cut and shape the pieces needed to set in the jewelry.

The Types of Opal

Black opal

Black opal stone can range from dark grey to jet black. The rainbow colors in black opal stand out incredibly making the colors very vibrant.

White Opal

White opals are very common. It has a milky appearance and it’s capable of displaying mixed colors of red, green, purple, and blue.

Boulder Opal

The name “Boulder opals” came from the mining of large ironstone boulders under the ground. The vibrancy of color in this opal is similar to black opals due to its dark tone.

Fire Opal

Fire opal receives their name from its fiery background color. It contains bright yellow, bright orange and bright red.

Ethiopian Opal

Ethiopian opal has a wide variety of color especially reds.  Their appearance is similar to glass due to its smooth surface and extreme radiance.

The Ultimate Guide to Handbags

Depending on what suits your personal taste and whether you’re heading to work, dinner, beach, or a shop, there are a variety of styles and choices when it comes to shopping for handbags. Although, you can’t ever have too many handbags! Here is our ultimate guide to handbags every woman should own.

The Bucket Bag

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Bucket bags are inspired by the shape of a bucket. These bags have an appealing shape and are mainly made out of leather or suede. These roomy bucket bags are perfect for the casual day out with friends or family. The style is unique and the tassel sends us an effortless ambiance which makes these bags the ultimate cylindrical shaped bag.

The Tote Bag

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Tote bags are generally large in size. They are ideal to bring to work or take with you to a weekend getaway. Totes are considered to be versatile bags; they can be used as knitting bags, shopping bags, beach bags, or even as a laptop bag. This bag can be whatever fits your lifestyle needs.

The Crossbody Bag

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Whether you are a traveler or need to be hands-free to manage errands, a crossbody handbag will definitely meet your lifestyle. They are the perfect size and can be easily worn across the shoulders because of their long straps.

The Satchel Bag

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Satchel bags are usually structured bags; they come in different shapes and sizes. You can carry them by hand or over your shoulder given that a long strap is attached. The style of this handbag is a mix of a messenger bag and a crossbody bag. This type of bag also has a secure closure which keeps all your contents in place.

The Clutch

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A clutch bag is a must have for every women. They are perfect for a night out or formal occasions. It’s a strapless purse that is carried by hand and it’s the perfect size for small personal items. Clutches are considered to be elegant which makes them work perfectly well as an evening bag.

Capodimonte Flower: History and Creation

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Capodimonte flowers are as delicate as they are stunning. Each one is made from the finest porcelain of Italian pottery. You can easily add a beautiful touch of Italian style to any room with these elegant flowers. They are commonly used as a table centerpiece or coffee table décor. Learn about the history of Capodimonte and how these beautiful flowers are created.

History

The history of Italian porcelain started in Naples back in 1738. In 1743, the first porcelain factory was established in Naples, Italy by King Charles. The factory known as The Royal Manufactory of Porcelain stood high atop a hill, which is where the name “Capodimonte” or “Top of the Mountain” came from. Its primary sets and pieces produced were dinner and tableware, and then came trinket boxes, vases, figurines, and decorative pieces.

In 1759, King Charles III of Spain ordered his troops to destroy the factory in Naples and transfer all the equipments, artists, chemists, and molds to a Spanish porcelain factory in order to protect his manufacturing secrets. However, it went from Spain back to Italy when his son, Ferdinand, took over and became the King of Naples and then the King of Sicily. As a result, the Capodimonte production continued again in Italy.

Creation

Capodimonte flowers are created using the finest grain and the purest white colored clay. Each flower is sculpted entirely by hand, which takes about 20 minutes per flower. After it is sculpted, it’s then kiln-fired and cooled to ensure durability. After the cooling, it’s then painted with a spray gun. The artisan then switches to a brush and hand-paints the leaves of the flower. Each leaf is shaded to create depth and dimension to make it appear life-like.

Want to explore the full detail in the creation of a Capodimonte flower? See our video below.

5 Ways to Style a Classic White Top

A classic white top is a must have closet-staple item. Since autumn is right around the corner, it is the perfect time to think about layering and adding accessories to your look. Adding statement pieces to your look will transform your entire wardrobe and make you stand out. Here are 5 ways to style a classic white top.

 1. Getting into Gold

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Pairing gold with neutrals, such as white, black, and creams lets the color shine. To create this look, try going for a shimmering gold torsade necklace with matching earrings. The necklace drapes delicately on the neck while adding flair to any white top.

  2. Emerald-Inspired

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Mixing in emerald green accessories makes a basic white top look chic. Whether it is a handbag, hat, or necklace; this shade of green looks luxurious and makes a great statement for autumn. The color emerald also looks equally great for day or night events.

3. All Things Orange

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Adding touches of orange to your look exudes the beauty of fall colors. Orange is an inviting color that adds warmth, and reminds you of the change in season. Including these accessories to your outfit will give you a fresh, autumn-inspired look.

4. Mix and Match Colors

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Mixing and matching colors, such as purple and blue looks enlivened when combined. These colors complement each other very well, especially when thrown together with a neutral color like white.

5. Pretty in Pink

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Wearing pastels in fall may be unexpected but it still looks great while transitioning to the next season. Adding a black printed scarf will pull the look together and have you ready for the fall season.

How to Add a Touch of Italian Style to your Home

Italian style décor definitely adds a luxurious charm to any home. From classic arches, to stucco exterior, to the use of wrought iron; there are many ways to integrate a touch of Italian style without the architectural design. Bring the Italian region to your home with these beautiful handmade home décor ideas.

Capodimonte Flowers

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Capodimonte porcelain is the finest of Italian artistic pottery. Handcrafted in the most meticulous detail, Capodimonte flowers make great centerpieces on a dining or coffee table. There is a wide variety of flowers to choose from depending on your style. 300 years in the making, these porcelain flowers will add traditional Italian style to any room.

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Scenes of Venice

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What better way to add Italian flair to your home than by adding a hand-painted scene of Venice? This work of art will look elegant hung or placed in your living room for everyone to enjoy. This artwork is Venice’s iconic scenery; it will give your space an instant Italy-inspired atmosphere.

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Trinket Box of Florence

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Trinket boxes are as functional as they are elegant. A decorative box adds a beautiful charm on top of your dresser or coffee table. Reflect your inner Italian style by bringing in a handmade Florence piece to your home.

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Versatile Murano-Style Glasses

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Get inspired from Murano, Italy for your next family dinner party. These impressive glasses are used as drinking glasses as well as tea light holders. Add a lovely addition to any table by scattering these glasses around the dinner table with tea lights to create a warm ambiance.

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Millefiori Candy Dish

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Intricate and colorful designs reflect the style of the Murano region. The vibrant colors and patterns are created by rolling molten glass in colorful glass chips before being hand blown. This traditional technique has a ton of history behind it, which makes it a meaningful piece.

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