Nothing shapes my sense of life and living so much as love in all its various forms.

Funny, how we use the same word to link us with our parents and grandparents, that we use to link us with our children and grandchildren. We use this word for the romantic connections and for the platonic.

What does it really mean when I say “I love you?” I barely scratch the surface when I say it means that you bring meaning to my life. It means that I define myself in part by our relationship with each other. It means you ground me and you help me soar high and I hope I do the same to you.

To my greatest loves, my husband of nearly thirty years, and my daughters, you make my life rich beyond words. To my parents, my sisters, and all my family and friends, thank you for enriching my life.

Happy Valentine’s Day,


Terri S. Alpert

Founder & CEO


Dreaming Of Summer

Here in New England, although the snow is beautiful, we often miss our summers at the shore this time of year. This warm, decadent pasta dish is reminiscent of the small bistros that line that shoreline here in Connecticut, and puts a bright, summery twist on comfort food. Warm up one of these chilly winter nights by preparing this dish for yourself and your loved ones!

1 diced shallot

2 tablespoons of butter

32 ounces of your favorite lobster bisque

1 pound of shrimp

¼ cup of sherry

1 pound of penne pasta

Grated zest of one lemon

Salt and pepper

Half & half (as needed)

Fill a large pot with water and sprinkle in a generous amount of salt. When it comes to a boil, add in a pound of penne or your favorite pasta. In large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, and sauté the shallot in the melted butter. Once the shallots begin to get translucent, add the shrimp, and cook until they just begin to turn pink. Once the shrimp are cooked, pour the shrimp, shallots, and butter into a serving bowl, and fill the pan with the sherry and lobster bisque to reheat it over medium heat. If the sauce is too thick for your liking, slowly add small amounts of warmed half & half as needed to thin it. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and return it to the pan, removing from heat, then pour the warmed lobster bisque and shrimp and shallot mixture over it, stirring to combine and adding salt and pepper to taste. Lastly, sprinkle the top of the pasta with the grated lemon zest.


We love serving seafood dishes on these fun plates, all year round!

Wearable Artifacts

This jewelry was handcrafted by Luli of Israel: a talented silversmith with over 20 years of experience. Each piece is a wearable artifact from the Roman Empire, featuring 2000-year-old glass that was recovered from this glorious period of history by skilled archeologists. Hand-set in gleaming, textured sterling silver for an unmistakable elegance.


Roman Glass And Sterling Silver Stud Earrings


Roman Glass And Sterling Silver Dangling Earrings


Roman Glass And Sterling Silver Necklace

Porcelain Petals

In Naples, Italy, our artisans Ciro and Aniello continue the traditions of their ancestors when creating these “forever flowers.” As each petal, leaf, stamen, and stem is painstakingly handcrafted, our artisans ensure that this old-world artistic process lives on. After the flowers are created, the colors are applied in layers to create realistic depth and shading. If you look closely enough, you may even be able to find one of the artist’s fingerprints hidden amongst the petals: a true testament to the handcrafted nature of these items!

Watch our artisans in Naples, Italy create one of our mysterious blue roses, uno alla volta.

All About Capricorn

Born between December 22nd and January 19th, Capricorns are known to be responsible, highly-logical go-getters. Symbolized by a mythical “sea goat,” Capricorns are characterized as ambitious, persistent go-getters (like mountain goats) with secret, deeply emotional inner lives (like fish). People born under this sign are responsible, practical, and very career-oriented. Shop our Capricorn-inspired treasures to celebrate your winter-born loved ones!


This paperweight features a shimmering depiction of Saturn: Capricorn’s ruling planet.


The deep red garnets in these earrings are January’s birthstone, and they pair perfectly with sparkling green peridot, the birthstone of August. (My best friend’s birthday is in August, so I really love this combination of our birthstones, and I think they make a unique pair, just like us!)


Are you a December Capricorn? Then this sparkling ring, which prominently features stunning blue topaz, perfectly showcases your birthstone.


Simple, sensible earth tones are thought to be Capricorn colors. Also, the alpaca wool used to make this gorgeous poncho is shorn in the Andes Mountains, which echoes Capricorn’s “mountain climber” personality.

Playful Penguins And Polar Bears

What better way to celebrate winter than with these adorable animals. Artisans everywhere are inspired by these cold-weather creatures, and celebrate our furry friends with their handcrafted creations. Their icy designs will pair perfectly with your favorite winter outfit, and we hope you love these adorable winter treasures as much as we do!


Katherine’s Polar Bear Russian Miniature Necklace With Cultured Pearls


Handmade Glass Polar Bear Cub Figurine


Polar Bear Brooch With Swarovski Crystals


Recycled Glass Penguin Nightlight


Katherine’s Hand-Painted Penguin Russian Miniature Necklace


Penguin Brooch With Swarovski Crystals

Meet Christie

Christie of Texas is a famed stained glass artisan, known for her grand works in private homes and houses of worship, as well as her smaller household pieces. By combining rich colors, fun designs, and masterful craftsmanship, Christie creates cheerful suncatchers to celebrate the beauty of every season.


“Glass is a medium which lives and interacts with its environment. I find the play of light through the glass; whether that light is natural, artificial, or modified through various glass techniques, as fascinating and changeable as Texas weather.” –Christie

Explore all of Christie’s handcrafted designs here!

The Mystery Of The Blue Rose

For centuries, roses have inspired people to develop a language of color. Over time, each color has come to represent certain emotions.

Red is thought to represent romantic love, as well as beauty, courage, and respect. White symbolizes purity and heaven. Pink is considered an expression of appreciation, grace, and gentleness. Yellow is thought to represent friendship and delight. Lavender, enchantment. Coral, desire.

But blue? What does the blue rose mean?

Well… the blue rose does not actually exist in nature. As such it represents the impossible, or the unattainable. Many of you know that one of my favorite gifts is the desk plaque we created to remind someone special that we create our own limits. TUTTO È POSSIBILE! All is possible… that is what the blue rose represents for me.


Here are a few of our favorite blue rose treasures:


Navy Blue Capodimonte Porcelain Rose With Bud



Purple And Blue Murano Glass Rose


Shelley’s Vintage-Inspired Blue Rose Necklace


Navy Blue Rose Champagne Glass

Achieving Your Vision

Dear Friends,

It delights me to look back on my resolutions for the last several years and know that I have kept them.

I resolved that to live a life which is true to the best within me, I would stop trying to “balance” the many roles I play. Like you, I have but one life, a singular una vita! I may be a mother, a daughter, a wife, an entrepreneur, a boss, a colleague, a friend, but I must come to each of these roles authentically as me.

These no longer conflict. Not in the least. From time to time, I’ve been interviewed by others to hear how I’ve done it. It is actually pretty simple. It all comes down to one thing.

“To achieve your vision, surround yourself solely with those who share your values.” That’s it.

Our core values here at Uno Alla Volta begin with honoring the uniqueness of the individual and the connections among us all.

In gratitude,



My New Year’s Resolution

I think that one of the greatest cultural phenomena to come out of the digital boom is the return to autobiographical writing. While some may scoff at my categorization of something as simple as a tweet or a Facebook post as autobiographical, I think there is much to be said for writing about the self in any capacity. After all, diaries and personal letters of historical figures are often regarded as exceptionally valuable, as they provide firsthand insight into the individual’s life and experiences.

My opinion may be biased, as I’ve been a formal student of Creative Writing since my early teenage years, and was even trained as a Creative Writing teacher. I soaked up every lesson available on the subject and was a voracious reader. As the years progressed, memoir writing quickly became my favorite genre, as it helped me sort out every new feeling that accompanied another year of life.

I remember speaking about wanting to write autobiographically as my profession during my college interview for an Ivy League university. The professor scoffed and replied that a seventeen-year-old had no stories worthy of telling. Another teacher mentioned that although I was clearly a talented writer, there was no money in this craft. In my eyes, opinions such as these are the reason why women’s voices have been erased from so much of history. As you can probably guess, I listened to no one.

At just shy of twenty-five, I can reflect and see how clearly this path was laid before me. Nothing had ever resonated with me as deeply as writing my stories and sharing them with others, finding the human connection in this simple yet profound act of intimacy. This year, my New Year’s resolution is to return to my personal writing. Although I love writing the copy you read for our beautiful handcrafted treasures, my New Year’s Resolution for 2018 is to remember to keep telling my own stories, and this blog will be a great place to start. I am forever grateful to Terri and to Uno Alla Volta for giving my voice a platform, and for helping me prove the naysayers wrong.

-Anna, Assistant Marketing Manager- Content