Blooming Blushes

Spring is in full bloom! Stop and smell the roses with our floral treasures, such as our blooming floral wreaths, everlasting roses, and our hand-painted wine glasses. Celebrate spring with our featured floral favorites.

Capodimonte Porcelain Blooming Iris

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This blooming porcelain iris was masterfully handcrafted by our artisans of Capodimonte, Italy. This porcelain is the finest of Italian artistic pottery, with a history beginning in Naples in 1738. In that year, with clays of pure white color and the finest grain brought in from Calabria, artists created highly detailed objects, which rivaled the best of other European courts. Almost 300 years later, each blooming iris is still individually handcrafted in the most meticulous detail.

 

Alessandra’s Pink and Raspberry Suede Bucket Bags

 

Our sister artisans, Alessandra and Elisabetta, have been handcrafting beautiful bucket bags of fine Italian leather that have become a favorite featured product with our una grande famiglia. Their famous bucket bags come in dozens of colors that can be worn all year long, and each is just as unique as each member of Uno Alla Volta’s family. Alessandra masterfully handcrafts each roomy raspberry and blooming blush bucket-style Italian suede handbag in her family-run workshop in Florence, Italy. These sisters carry on the tradition of their late father, Maurizio, who passed on his passion for fine leathercrafting to his daughters. Our featured artisans continue to anticipate fashion trends with sophisticated styles, luxurious leathers and exacting detail. Their chic handbags have developed a strong following, which makes us happy to offer you these colorful bucket bags, handcrafted exclusively for Uno Alla Volta.

 

Handmade Cat Wreath

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Lush flower fields in Baja, California, Mexico provide our floral designer and her team with the materials to bring this cat wreath to life. Created exclusively for Uno Alla Volta, this floral treasure features natural caspia, sinuata, phalaris, larkspur and hydrangea on a natural twig base. Each wreath is arranged by hand, uno alla volta, and is accented with a golden bow and a black cat silhouette. The gorgeous array of colors featured in this wreath make it the perfect accent for any home this spring.

Help Us Welcome Smadar

Smadar is proud to introduce her unique designs to the US, exclusively through Uno Alla Volta.

During her recent trip to the Galilee, Terri was captivated by Smadar’s distinctive, colorful designs. Smadar hand-sculpts each creation by twisting gold-plated wire into a series of loops, each perfectly spaced, and then dipped into colorful resins. The result is an iridescence reminiscent of mother-of-pearl, a playfulness, and an elegance.

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Born and raised in Nazareth Illit Israel, Smadar designed her very first piece when she was a high school student studying art and design. What started as hobby later turned into a successful career that fills her life with joy.

After she finished her military service duty, Smadar began working at the Diamond Exchange District in IGI Ltd: a gemologist lab that specializes in identifying, ranking and classification of gems and diamonds.

In addition to her IGI job, Smadar continued to develop with her husband what would become her home jewelry business. She learned about metalsmithing during a trip to India, and when she got back to Israel she filed an application right away to the most famous goldsmithing school in Israel, called Maziar, which is located in the diamond district in Tel Aviv.

Smadar is known for her multifaceted approach to jewelry design and unique, contemporary vision. Her work draws upon clean elegant lines while creating a visual dialogue between fundamental elements of nature and telling stories of hope and renewal.

Smadar says that her experience in the field of jewelry design taught her that she will have to work hard with every little piece she creates and therefore, it is very important to enjoy the process. The design process as she sees it is based on ‘trial and error’ and on finding new ways to use the tools she has to create unique designs. One of her principles is to keep an open mind throughout the process, because sometimes the final piece is completely different than the original idea.

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To learn more of Smadar’s story, and see her full Raspberry and Jade Looped Jewel collection, visit: www.unoallavolta.com/smadar.

 

Smadar’s Raspberry And Jade “Looped Jewels” Necklace

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Smadar’s Raspberry And Jade “Looped Jewels” Fan Earrings

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Smadar’s Raspberry And Jade “Looped Jewels” Circle Earrings

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Smadar’s Raspberry And Jade “Looped Jewels” Structured Bracelet

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Artisan Spotlight: Daria’s Millefiori-Caned Glassware

Uno Alla Volta customers love millefiori caning. When done with polymer clay rather than the traditional glass, the designs are brilliantly colored to create joyful hues and beautiful patterns. Imagine our delight when we discovered Daria of Canada, who brings this beautiful art form to a new purpose: embellishing glassware. Her vibrant new collection of wine glasses comes just in time for spring with their intricate floral designs of vivid violet, magenta, and lime.

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Daria’s innate creativity reflects the simplicity of using materials that were available to her as a child growing up in Canada. Specifically, she attributes much of her inspiration for creating handmade artwork to a scarf she made for her father when she was just 9 years old. She cherished the idea of being able to handcraft a gift for someone she loved. Even though her scarf had flaws, which is expected of a 9 year old making her very first knitted project, her father loved the scarf because it was functional, practical, and most importantly, made by Daria.

Today, this is Daria’s basis for the majority of her creations: functional, practical, and beautiful (although she admits they are much better finished than that first scarf!) Everything she makes is made with joy and color.

Daria’s collection of millefiori-caned glassware will add fun, festivity, and brightness to your springtime table setting.

Daria’s Millefiori-Caned Red Wine Glass

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Daria’s Millefiori-Caned Stemless Wine Glass

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Daria’s Millefiori-Caned White Wine Glass

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Hello Spring!

Spring is right around the corner and Easter is on its way. Spring into the Easter season with our customer-favorite Polish pottery “Secret Garden” collection. Whether you are hosting an Easter dinner or just love celebrating spring, our Polish pottery figurines and tableware make any day brighter.

Terri delighted in collaborating with our Poland artisan, Weronika, to design the motif for these bunny salt and pepper shakers. Once again, Uno Alla Volta is proud to bring you exclusive Polish pottery. Weronika’s team of artisans in Boleslawiec hand-paint each flower using both carved sponges and a fine brush onto native earthenware. These gorgeous pieces are of heirloom quality to be treasured for generations. These pieces are high-fired for durability, and are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe. These handcrafted bunny salt and pepper shakers are sure to add joy to any meal.

Polish Pottery ”Secret Garden” Bunny Shakers

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Hop into the Easter season with our five-star Polish pottery Easter eggs. Our Polish artisans bring the beauty of their traditional hand-painted stoneware to each highly collectible Polish pottery Easter egg, which are glazed and fired uno alla volta at high temperatures for everlasting beauty. Each is masterfully handcrafted from the hearts and hands of artisans, exclusively for Uno Alla Volta and is signed by the artisan. No two will be exactly alike.

Polish Pottery “Hannah” Easter Egg

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Polish Pottery ”Sarah” Easter Egg

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Polish Pottery “Julia” Easter Egg

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Polish Pottery “Gia” Easter Egg

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Polish Pottery ”Adrianna” Easter Egg

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Put your collectible eggs on display with our “Secret Garden” Kissing Bunny Egg Dish!

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Visit our website to see our whole collection of Spring Polish pottery.

Artisan Spotlight – Margaret

Inspired by the beauty of her Virginia Beach home, Margaret creates works of functional art. Her pieces range from fun, seasonal holiday designs to elegant floral motifs. Each of Margaret’s pieces has its own personality, just like all of the wonderful members of our una grande famiglia.

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After a long day spent gardening, balance work and play with Margaret’s Hand-Painted Floral Watering Can and her Hand-Painted Tulip Wine Glass. In a meticulous seven-hour process, she first hand-paints this gorgeous design, then bakes the design onto each glass so that the decoration is dishwasher safe. Add a sweet touch of spring to your table with this fabulous wine glass. Each hand-painted wine glass is made one at a time and no two will be exactly alike.

In that very same seven-hour process, she hand-paints each watering can with a tulip design, then bakes each one to ensure the decoration can withstand the elements. This beautiful piece can be utilized indoors or out, and is as gorgeous as it is functional.

Enjoy a cool glass of lemonade with Margaret’s “Luau” Hand-Painted Carafe – the perfect complement to her colorful floral wine glasses. Try this lemonade recipe for the whole family to enjoy:

 

Perfect Homemade Lemonade  (courtesy of Ree Drummond of FoodNetwork.com)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Ice, for serving

Directions:

In a large saucepan, heat the sugar and 4 cups water until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is hot. Allow to cool, and then place into a large drink dispenser or jug. Add 2 gallons cold water, the lemon juice and lemon slices and stir to combine. Refrigerate and allow the lemonade to chill completely.

Serve with ice in with Margaret’s “Luau” Hand-Painted Carafe and her matching glasses!

Margaret’s hand-painted glassware comes in a variety of colors and designs perfect for spring. To see her whole collection, view her artisan page.

Gold Treasures at the End of Your Rainbow

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we’re finding tons of gold. We have beautiful handmade treasures from the hearts and hands of artisans that are sure to bring luck your way this St. Patrick’s Day.

 

“Golden Envy” Venetian Glass Necklace

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To create each Golden Envy Venetian glass necklace, artisans in a family-run workshop in the heart of Venice combine octagonal chunks of gold-colored Venetian glass with green marbleized and translucent lampwork beads to meet a smooth emerald green glass pendant that serves as the focal point. Antiqued metal accents and gold-plated findings are intermixed to finish this stunning glass necklace.

Celtic Knot Hair Pin

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This gold Celtic knot hair pin by our Alabama artisan, Sarah, is back by popular demand. Sarah, who specializes in metal mesh artwork, has been working with us for many years and her unique products have become a favorite among our customers. Each nautical knot hair pin is individually hand-shaped from brass mesh, then coated with bronze powders in a protective lacquer coating to create the shimmery matte finish. Rows of twisted rope mesh join to form each knot, adding a twist to any hairstyle this holiday season.

 

Beaded Bohemian Skinny Scarf

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Elizabeth of New York City is known for creating innovative styles inspired by the glitz and glamour of the city around her. Surrounded by the sights and sounds of The Big Apple, Elizabeth wanted to recreate NYC’s sparkle within an accessory, and this scarf does just that. Elizabeth collaborated with her master printers in India, who took her original art and transferred the pattern onto luxurious, beaded silk to create a radiant design for our una grande famiglia. Glow with glamour by wearing this fabulous gold scarf, made slowly and carefully just for you, to allow an eccentric touch to any ensemble.

Greens, Greens, Everywhere

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, now is the time to get out your greens. Green scarves, green jewelry, and green handbags will add a festive touch to any outfit this season. Emerald and gold hues bring a subtle elegance to your wardrobe that you can wear all year long. This week, we would like to share three of our favorite festive treasures that are sure to get you in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day.

Alessandra And Elisabetta’s Italian Suede Bag With Green Stone Accent

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This suede bag with a green stone accent was skillfully handcrafted by Alessandra and Elisabetta, our Italian leather handbag artisans. Using the masterful leatherworking techniques and exacting standards passed down to them by their ancestors, these sisters create each bag from the softest Italian suede. The braided leather handles and bold circular stone accent bring this bag from classic to contemporary. Each is part of a limited edition collection for Uno Alla Volta. Although perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, this exquisite bag brings a pop of color to be enjoyed all year long.

Murano Glass “Lucky” Stretch Bracelet

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On Venice’s famed isle of Murano, our glass master Lorena keeps the art of lampworking alive with masterpieces such as this “Lucky” stretch bracelet. Each of the beads is made, uno alla volta, over a hot flame. A mix of green, gold, and amber translucent and opaque Murano glass beads and sparkling crystal accents combine for a look of elegance.

Joyita’s Hand-Painted Silk Shamrock And Clover Scarf

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Self-taught artist Joyita awakens a blank canvas of silk satin chiffon by hand-painting vivid shamrock and clover patterns onto this festive St. Patrick’s Day scarf. She dries and steams each color to set it before she adds another. This scarf is as unique as each of our members of our una granda famiglia. Just like a four-leaf clover, no two are exactly alike. For a festive touch to any accessory, this scarf ties perfectly around the handles of Alessandra And Elisabetta’s Italian Suede Bag featured above.

 

Mariagrazia’s Shamrock Barrette

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A lot of patience and creativity is required for Mariagrazia of Venice to handcraft this shamrock barrette. First, she must meticulously hand-string hundreds of tiny Venetian glass seed beads onto copper wire before each strand is hand-shaped into the shamrock design.

Happy International Women’s Day

Uno Alla Volta would like to wish a very happy International Women’s Day to all of the women in our una grande famiglia.

Today, three wonderful women of our office have handpicked some of their favorite items to share with you. You can find all of these items on our special employee picks page, created just for you.

Meet Minetta

“With sparkle comes happiness!”

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Hand-Blown Iridescent Wine Glass

“Such a unique glass for my favorite mocktails!”

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These hand-blown iridescent wine glasses, which were handcrafted in Virginia, are the perfect addition to any special occasion. Celebrate a holiday, birthday, or anniversary in style with these beautiful glasses. In a multi-step process, each glass is mouth-blown, shaped with hand tools to form the curves and the stem, then decorated in a unique process.

Our Sparkling Suede Bucket Bag

“‘With sparkle comes happiness!’ Turquoise and silver sparkles – my favorite color combo all year!”

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Handcrafted In Florence, Italy

“With sparkle comes happiness!” This philosophy was implemented by our buyer, Minetta, when designing our newest bucket bag. Bring a touch of shimmer with you, wherever you may go, with this fabulous accessory. Each bag features subtle hints of silver sparkles embedded into teal suede and accented with a metallic silver leather tassel. Handcrafted in Florence, Italy by our master artisans Alessandra and Elisabetta.

Blue Leaves Necklace

“The subtle mix of light and dark shades of blue are reminiscent of my winter wedding.”

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Hana, our Georgia artisan, takes inspiration from beautiful leaves and the traditional Bohemian style of glassmaking as she handcrafts her new Blue Leaves Necklace. Once her initial design is complete, she collaborates with her partner artisans in the Czech Republic to bring her artistic vision to life. Each lightweight, memory wire piece is adorned with glass in this abstract leaf pattern. Her treasures are handcrafted exclusively for Uno Alla Volta, from the heart and hands of the artisan.

Meet Lorraine

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Hand-Knit Ivory Alpaca Pullover

“There’s nothing I love more than a big cozy sweater in the winter time”

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With its fluid flowing form and just a bit of structure at the neck and sleeves, this ultra soft alpaca wool knit sweater truly looks beautiful on most body types. (Nearly everyone here has tried it and loves it!) Hand-knit of 100% baby alpaca by our artisans in the Andes Mountains in a go-with-everything ivory color.

JoAnn’s Stoneware Lips Mug

“I love oversized mugs for coffee, hot chocolate or even soup”

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Handcrafted by JoAnn in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, this collectible stoneware piece is hand thrown, then hand decorated and hand painted, no two exactly alike.

Alessandra and Elisabetta’s Double-Sided Italian Leather Handbag

“I love that you get 2 bags in one with a quick flip”

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Alessandra and Elisabetta handcraft this magenta and light pink double-sided Italian leather handbag in their Florentine studio. Recently the two have taken over the helm of the family business after the passing of their father and business founder, Maurizio. The two are living out one of their father’s many beliefs when handcrafting his handbag, “One should be able to feel the texture of a bag with their eyes.” Soft, supple, and with two different chic colors, this bag is the perfect everyday companion, no matter the occasion. We’re certain that their papa must be smiling down from heaven, knowing he left his business in the right hands.

Paisley Florentine Silk Scarf

“I tend to wear neutral tones, so this scarf is great for a pop of color”

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To handcraft each paisley silk scarf, Massimo and his team work diligently in his Florentine studio. Together, they handcraft this exquisitely airy scarf of 100% pure Italian silk in a classical pattern.

Meet Anna

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The “Camila” Italian Leather Satchel

This “Camila” bag really does go with any outfit, even my wildest thrift store finds!”

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Through collaboration with our artisans in Florence Italy we’re proud to introduce the Italian leather “Camila” satchel, which showcases timelessness in a fresh new way. With its chic clean lines and subtle curves this handbag seamlessly transitions from the work week to the weekend and back again. Navy blues, light grays and soft yellows seamlessly combine in masterfully hand-stitched of Tuscan cowhide in this sophisticated leather satchel.

“Growing up in an Italian-American family, I was always taught to have a strong and dependable work ethic. Although we live in the USA, the cultural emphasis on quality workmanship has always been in my family’s blood. Every time I look at this satchel, I am reminded of the skill, hard work, and passion that Claudia and Filippo take as seriously as I do.”

Marbled Italian Leather Journal With Wrap

“For some reasons, my ideas just seem to flow more smoothly when I have a beautiful journal to jot them down in.”

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In a multi-step process, our Italian leather craftsmen start with a base of fine Florentine leather to handcraft each marbled Italian leather journal. To create the marbling effect, the leather is first dipped into a bath of colorful pigments, then hand-cut lined paper is bound inside. The bright colors swirl together to form a one-of-a-kind design, so colors and patterns may vary.

Hanging Mermaid Suncatcher By Christie of Texas

“There is no view this mermaid suncatcher can’t brighten up, even a dreary office window.”

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Christie, our Texas artisan, creates each mermaid suncatcher from hand-cut glass in a variety of colors and textures wrapped in copper foil. One of our newest artisans, Christie creates stained glass windows for many of Texas’ finest churches and homes. She is one of the most respected large window artists in the country, but that doesn’t mean she can’t create fun and affordable pieces for all of us to enjoy.

Freshwater Pearl Butterfly Necklace

“It’s important to appreciate the beauty of change, which is why butterflies and moons are my favorite jewelry designs to wear.”

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This freshwater pearl butterfly necklace was handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail by our artisans in a family-owned workshop in Thailand. This sparkling necklace is comprised of three colors of freshwater pearls and dazzling genuine marcasites, all suspended on delicate sterling silver chains from an elegant butterfly pendant.

 

 

Artisan Spotlight: Giuseppe

For over five centuries, the skilled artisans of Sorrento, Italy have created inlaid carpentry masterpieces, known as intarsio in Italian. Giuseppe and his team continue these centuries-old traditions and elevate them to new heights, creating jewelry boxes with ornate, arabesque designs. Each of his boxes bears a dramatic, old-world grandeur, making them worthy of storing your finest treasures.

The ancient technique of intarsio has a centuries-old origin that dates back to the Benedictine Monks from Sorrento’s St. Agrippino. The Monks practiced this intarsio technique using woods from local trees, such as walnut, olive, lemon, orange, cherry, pear, and mulberry. The wooden pieces were cut with a small chisel, then fitted together in various colors to make ornate patterns and designs.

Throughout the last century, this craft has been refined with the introduction of very thin tools for precision, as well as a greater variety of woods such as nutbriar, rosewood, briar, sequoia briar, madrona, ebony, maple, and elm. The patterns have also become much more vibrant and filled with a variety of colors. A primary feature of the inlay is the use of loose orange peels to create a design reminiscent of the sky, and the use of lemon peels to get an effect representing the sea when rubbed onto the wood.

In a special process to inlay the intricate designs, boiling sand is used to burnish the wood to prevent fading and create an everlasting treasure. The box is then smoothed and polished with special varnishes that create their characteristic vibrancy. As a finishing touch, the interior is lined with velvet, after which the hinges and locks are skillfully applied.

Above is Giuseppe in his studio in Sorrento as he goes through the steps of his elaborate process.

The “Royal” Watch Box

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The “Princely” Watch Box

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The “Regal” Watch And Accessory Box

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The “Majestic” Jewelry Box

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Artisan Spotlight: Giuliano and Maria Neve

For centuries, the center of Florence was filled with small artisan workshops of all kinds. Today, only a few such places remain, as others have been converted into luxury apartments. Inside their workshop, Giuliano and Maria Neve use tools and techniques unchanged for over one hundred years.

Just as they have for more than 40 years, husband and wife Giuliano and Maria Neve recreate the beauty of the natural world in their exquisite accessories, right in the heart of historic Florence. Giuliano and Maria use the lost wax casting method to create treasures uno alla volta, or one at a time. In this traditional technique, they create highly sculpted original molds for each elaborate design. Each piece is first cast in wax, then in brass, before it is adorned with colorful accents and rich enamel.

These master artisans handcraft a variety of treasures ranging from necklaces, earrings, charm bracelets, picture frames, and even beautifully detailed pill boxes. For St. Patrick’s Day, they have crafted a special collection that features four-leaf clover designs, in which they hand-cast the four leaf clover in brass, and then bring each piece to life by hand-painting a green enamel.

We love having the opportunity to partner with Giuliano and Maria to bring such exquisite and unique treasures for St. Patrick’s Day. To view all of their Florentine treasures, visit their artisan page.

 

Florentine Clovers Charm Bracelet

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Florentine Clovers Picture Frame

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Florentine Clovers Pill Box

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Florentine Millefiori Clover Earrings

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