Opal: The Queen of Gems

In the dazzling world of jewelry, opal is considered “the queen of gems” because it can flash patterns of color representing every hue of the rainbow. Our London silversmith Leon Nussbaum created sterling silver pieces that are inlaid with matrix of iridescent white opal. Each piece will appear to flicker and change with every movement of the wearer. His sterling silver pieces evoke the themes of bygone times. Using semi-precious stones and rich enamels, Leon creates vibrant and dazzling designs that recall the Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras.

Believed by ancient peoples to actually contain fire, opal has long been ascribed many mystical and healing properties. Since 2004, Leon Nussbaum of London has been delighting Uno Alla Volta customers with sterling silver jewelry set with a matrix of iridescent opal. For the last nine months, we have been collaborating with Leon to bring back a very special “LOVE” collection just in time for Valentine’s Day: hearts, hugs and kisses – all brought together for the first time. These opal treasures are masterfully handcrafted exclusively for Uno Alla Volta, from the heart and hands of the artisan.

Browse Leon’s entire collection for even more opal treasures.

Why not show someone you love how much they mean to you with precious gems that bring out their inner shine? Opal is timeless, just like the love you have for those who are special to you. To make sure that your love stays bright over time, it is important to take care of your sterling silver treasures.

To keep your silver as dazzling as the day you received it, be sure to follow these care instructions for sterling silver:

  • Ideally you should store your sterling silver jewelry in tarnish prevention cloths or bags. The treated cloth slows down the tarnishing process and keeps the jewelry from rubbing against harder jewelry that can scratch it. It is also important to keep your sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place.
  • Phosphate free detergents are good for cleaning sterling silver. A light tarnish may be removed with a low abrasive cleaner. Toothpaste is commonly used to clean sterling silver, although expert opinion cautions against it since it is felt that toothpaste is too abrasive and leaves dulling scratches.
  • Sterling silver articles, when worn continually or used frequently, develop a tactile patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. Many people feel that the beauty of the piece is enhanced by the patina and therefore do not clean it.

To learn more about caring for your sterling silver, visit our sterling silver care instructions page.

Connectedness

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,

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Terri S. Alpert

Founder & CEO

T.Alpert@unoallavolta.com

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Artisan Spotlight: Amedeo – Glassware of Verona

Cheers to your love! This year, celebrate the ones you love with Amedeo’s glassware of Verona. Valentine’s Day is about more than just the romantic love between you and your sweetheart – it extends to the unconditional love you have for your family and friends. Our artisan Amedeo values the importance of family with his passion for crafting glassware that he passed down to his two sons, Valentino and Roberto. After graduating from art school, Amedeo founded his glass workshop in Verona, Italy. From the time his sons Valentino and Roberto were old enough to hold a paint brush, they have worked alongside their father, becoming expert craftsmen and artisans in their own rights. Today, the three transform ordinary glass into luminous works of art, one at a time.

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Amedeo and his two sons, Valentino and Roberto.

Celebrate the ones you hold near and dear to your heart with hand crafted wine and champagne glasses, or display your everlasting love in a one-of-kind hand-gilded picture frame that is sure to capture moments worth remembering.

Hand-Gilded Hearts Champagne Glasses

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In a third-generation workshop in Verona, Italy Amedeo and his two sons, Valentino and Roberto, handcraft each hearts champagne glass uno alla volta. Our artisans transform ordinary champagne glasses into shimmering works of art, applying a layer of stucco followed by gold leaf and colorful glaze. This champagne glass is the perfect exotic touch to any table setting.

Hand-Gilded Hearts Wine Glasses

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After applying stucco hearts to the Italian wine glass, a layer of color and gold leaf is added by hand. Once completely dry, each is hand polished to a gleaming luster.

Amedeo’s Gilded Heart Picture Frame

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Amedeo and his two sons, Valentino and Roberto, transform ordinary glass into this gilded heart picture frame. They begin by applying a layer of stucco to the glass, followed by a layer of gold leaf and a colorful glaze.

This Valentine’s Day, fill your glasses with the perfect drink to match the occasion. Whether it is a romantic date with your sweetheart or a family celebration, Amedeo’s glasses hold the perfect cocktails (and mocktails!).

Strawberry and Peach Rosé Sangria: (Courtesy of What’s Gaby Cooking)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced peaches
  • 1 bottle Rosé
  • 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc
  • 1 cup chilled club soda or sparkling water
  • 10-20 basil leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add the sugar and brandy to a large pitcher and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the fresh fruit, wine and club soda and stir to combine. Add the basil.
  3. Refrigerate the sangria for at least 6 hours before serving.
  4. Serve over ice.

Enjoy this Valentine’s Day treat with the whole family by substituting the wine and brandy with sparkling cider!

Symbolize Your Love with Pewter

Our artisans in a small harborside village in Nova Scotia, Canada handcraft each treasure from lead-free pewter, which is hand-finished and polished to a gleaming luster.

Throughout its long history, which dates back more than 2000 years, pewter has ranked with silver and gold among the most treasured of family heirlooms. Unlike silver, only very rarely will your pewter tarnish and need light polishing.

For Valentine’s Day, John and Bonnie, the master artisans behind some of our most beautiful pewter collections, have created special “XOXO” magnets to symbolize kisses and hugs, and the fun, joyful parts of love. They also hand-casted beautiful “I Love You” hand figurines with detailed fingers, which are posed to express love in American Sign Language. They skillfully designed wall hangings such as their “Love You To The Moon” pewter wall plaque to remind those who are special of how much they are loved.

John and Bonnie “love to create products that touch the heart and delight the spirit.” They have made it their life’s work to turn everyday objects into affordable art and set aside ten percent of their profits to support a wide variety of causes.

Display your love with these pewter treasures that are made from the hearts and hands of these Nova Scotia artisans:

 

 

 

Featured Artisan: Pottery by JoAnn

JoAnn handcrafts fun and functional stoneware pottery in her studio in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. JoAnn hand makes pottery for every holiday and occasion – snowmen, Santa, mermaids, frogs, shamrocks, and everything in between!

This year, show someone you love just how much you care with JoAnn’s “Messages From The Heart” Mug. In her Pocono Mountains studio, JoAnn hand-throws each mug on her potter’s wheel, and completes it with chalkboard paint for you to decorate and personalize. Then it is fired and glazed at high temperatures for both lasting beauty and safety in the microwave and dishwasher. Each “Messages From The Heart” mug even includes a stick of chalk for you to write a special message of your own!

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JoAnn’s “Messages From The Heart” Mug

JoAnn’s Stoneware Lips Mug and Bowtie Mug are the perfect his & hers gift for your sweetheart. No two are exactly alike – just like the relationship your have with your special someone.

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JoAnn’s Stoneware Lips Mug

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JoAnn’s Bowtie Mug

JoAnn’s Instagram page gives us an inside look at the process she takes to create each mug uno alla volta, or one at a time:

 

See more of JoAnn’s beautifully crafted designs for every occasion on her Uno Alla Volta artisan page.

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JoAnn creates all of her ceramic treasures uno alla volta, or one at a time, in the Poconos Mountains.

 

 

Ways To Say “I Love You”

It’s never too early to start planning a way to say “I love you.” This year, tell someone special how much they mean to you with a treasure made by the hearts and hands of artisans who create their masterpieces uno alla volta, or one at a time. Whether it’s a locket to keep your nearest and dearest close to your heart, an exquisite necklace that will remind someone of you each time they wear it, or sophisticated cuff links that will add a touch of “you” to your loved one’s finest clothing, nothing shows you care quite like a handcrafted gift.

Some of our favorites include:

Leon Nussbaum’s 4-Way Sterling Silver Locket

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This sterling silver 4-way locket was designed by Leon Nussbaum, our London silversmith. Constructed of gleaming British sterling silver, each locket can hold four of your most precious photos.

Vintage Silverware Hearts Lariat

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Our artisans from Point Pleasant, New Jersey scour the countryside collecting old pieces of silverware and handcraft this unique necklace from their findings. Vintage fork tines are cold forged and formed by hand into each heart-shaped accent. Our necklace truly captivates, made of recycled silverware, which makes it a one-of-a-kind handcrafted treasure.

Leon Nussbaum’s Classic Sterling Silver Cufflinks

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Leon Nussbaum, our London silversmith, designs these classic sterling silver cufflinks to add a traditional accent to your sleeve.

Michal Golan’s “Smitten” Necklace

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In her New York City studio, Michal Golan collaborated with us to create the exclusive design of this “Smitten” heart necklace. This gorgeous necklace features luminous red and pink deep hues. Michal Golan’s mastery in creating fine mosaic jewelry embodies this necklace. This necklace is truly a handcrafted treasure as it was designed for every woman, every occasion and every mood.

Michal Golan’s “Smitten” Earrings

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In her New York City studio, Michal Golan collaborated with us to create the exclusive design of these “Smitten” red and pink heart earrings. This gorgeous pair of earrings features luminous red and pink deep hues. Michal Golan’s mastery in creating fine mosaic jewelry embodies this pair of earrings. Truly a handcrafted treasure, as they were designed for every woman, every occasion and every mood.

Valentina And Alessandra’s “Venetian Valentine” Charm Bracelet

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Our “Venetian Valentine” charm bracelet was masterfully handcrafted by our Venetian designers, Valentina and Alessandra. These artisans fell in love with glassmaking decades ago, and their passion has evolved into a business where they combine their knowledge and creative impulses to create unique pieces, such as this striking glass charm bracelet.

Pewter “I Love You” Hand Figurine

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In a small harborside village in Nova Scotia, our artisans hand-cast each “I Love You” hand figurine in pewter, then finish and hand-polish each piece to a gleaming luster. The detailed fingers on this figurine are bent to express love in American Sign Language.

Hand-Tatted “Love Letters” Valentine’s Cards

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Our Pennsylvania artisan prints these “Love Letters” Valentine’s cards from her own original hand-painted heart designs, which she adorns using the age-old method of tatting, or looping and knotting cotton thread by hand. Each set includes one of each design, and is blank inside.

Explore all of our Valentine’s Day Specials for those who are special to you in your lives!

Giulio’s Hearts of Murano Glass

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These beautiful Murano glass pendants give new meaning to keeping something precious close to your heart. Each of these beautiful treasures is made with love by the heart and hands of our artisan, Giulio. In his Castello studio, just a short walk from Venice’s famed St. Mark’s square, Giulio continues the lampwork tradition of his grandmother. Each of the beads in his stunning pieces is handmade, one at a time, over a small flame. Giulio was one of the first artisans to join the Uno Alla Volta family and has been creating beautiful pieces for us since 2002.

Our Murano glass heart pendants each tell their own unique story. The design of Giulio’s blue heart pendant is reminiscent of the sparkling Mediterranean sea, and much like an ocean wave, no two are exactly alike. Each purple heart pendant is hand-shaped  from Venetian glass, then suspended from strands of handmade seed beads for a boldly feminine look, reminiscent of a the swirling evening sky. His exquisite green and blue heart pendant is infused with real silver foil and suspends from strands of handmade seed beads.

There is a heart pendant for everyone in your life. Take a moment to think about your loved ones. Who do these mesmerizing glass designs remind you of? Does your friend love the beach so much you can never get her out of the ocean? Are your daughter’s eyes so beautifully blue that a sapphire pendant would complement almost any of her looks? Maybe you love the classic look of a red heart pendant with a gold chain – a look that will always remain eternally chic.

Right now, all of Giulio’s Murano glass hearts are available at a special price. Browse the collection to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, straight from the heart.

 

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Red Heart Murano Glass Pendant Necklace

 

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Giulio’s Blue Venetian Glass Heart Pendant

 

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Giulio’s Purple Venetian Glass Heart Pendant

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Giulio’s Green And Blue Venetian Glass Heart Pendant

 

 

 

Ancient Traditions with Age Old Techniques

During the height of La Serenissima Repubblica, when Venice ruled the world, its glass recipes and techniques were closely guarded secrets. In 1291, all of the glass artisans were ordered to move their furnaces to the small lagoon island of Murano. The stated goal was to prevent fires from spreading quickly throughout the city, but Venetian rulers were also motivated to preserve the monopoly of their province. In 1295, they issued an edict effectively imprisoning the master artisans and their offspring in this “gilded cage”.

Today, Uno Alla Volta is known for our exclusive Murano designs made in collaboration with Venice’s finest artisans: descendants of the glass workers of the Middle Ages. Their craft is intimately tied to their heritage and their sense of identity, making each piece a magnificent treasure.

On the isle of Venice, the art of lampworking lives on as our artisans Anna and Felisa create Venetian glass necklaces with elegant materials such as gold-infused crystals and jet black beads. Our artisan Giulio handcrafts each Venetian glass uno alla volta, or one at a time, such as his “Precious Love Pendant”. Each bead is skillfully shaped over a small flame, and the heart pendant is infused with silver and gold for an opulent look.

Our Venetian glass treasures are handcrafted exclusively for Uno Alla Volta, from the hearts and hands of the artisans.

 

Anna And Felisa’s Triple Hearts Venetian Glass Necklace

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Anna and Felisa use traditional hand-beading techniques to create this necklace from delicate, gold-infused lampworked hearts and tiny black seed beads. Each necklace measures 27 inches long, with a spring ring clasp.

 

Anna And Felisa’s Venetian Glass Heart Earrings

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These Venetian glass heart earrings are created one at a time in their studio. To create each pair, they combine gold-infused lampworked glass hearts with classic findings. Each earring measures 1.75 inches long, with a wire back.

 

Anna And Felisa’s Lattice Twist Venetian Glass Necklace

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Two spectacular lampwork beads bring together twisted lattice, gold-infused crystal, and jet black beads in a variety of shapes. Each necklace measures approximately 23 inches long, with a spring ring clasp.

 

Giulio’s “Precious Love” Venetian Glass Pendant

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Each bead is shaped, uno alla volta, over a small flame, and the heart pendant is infused with silver and gold for an opulent look. Each heart pendant is 2 inches long and hangs from approximately 25 inches of seed beads, with a lobster clasp for closure.

 

Explore the whole collection to add a touch of Venetian glamour to your wardrobe!

Cheers to the New Year

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Nothing is better than ringing in the New Year surrounded by the people you love. What better way to celebrate a new beginning than with a toast to the New Year? Raise a glass with your loved ones in style with expertly handcrafted glassware, such as our “Northern Lights” collection by our New Orleans artisan, Mark. With his forty years’ expertise, he can anticipate the glass’ response to slight changes of movement or additions of color. Using only a blowpipe and hand tools, Mark masterfully shapes layers of richly-colored glass, then uses a cold-fusion technique to create each swirled stemware piece.

Looking to try out some New Years inspired looks this season? This is the perfect time to experiment with some accessories that will add some shimmer to your look! Our Florentine artisans, Alessandra and Elisabetta, and our Venetian glass master, Giulio, design glittering handbags that can dress up any outfit.

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This clutch features shimmering black leather trim and a lamp-worked zipper pull, and will add a touch of everyday sparkle to any outfit.

Florentine And Venetian Glittering Clutch

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Alessandra and Elisabetta of Florence handcraft each glittering Florentine tote bag from metallic silver fabric and luxurious Italian leather.

Alessandra and Elisabetta’s Glittering Florentine Tote Bag

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This clutch features shimmering black and silver fabric with Italian leather trim and a green lamp-worked zipper pull infused with silver leaf. It is sure to add a touch of everyday sparkle to any outfit.

Florentine And Venetian Glittering Clutch

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Would you like to make extra time to spend with your family? Experiment with some of those new recipes you’ve been meaning to try? Travel somewhere you’ve never been before?

We have some resolutions of our own for 2017. At Uno Alla Volta, we value the importance of the human connection. This year, we would like to open up a dialogue with you about what all of our treasured customers would like to see from our collections. What are some of your favorite handmade items? What would you like to see more of? One of our resolutions is to expand our collection by working with new artisans around the world. This spring, we will take a trip to Italy to find more treasures made uno alla volta, or one at a time. We can’t wait to share this experience with you!

Wishing everyone a very happy and healthy 2017!

Loving Another: The Ultimate Connection

I will never forget the moment of becoming a mom for the first time and discovering the emotion of love for my daughter. Until I was a parent, no one could have described to me the feeling of love for one’s child. It was as different from the romantic love I have for my husband and partner in life as it was from my love for my parents or sisters.

Each form of love is unique, and there truly are no words to describe what we feel, but we know those feelings create a deep, often indestructible emotional bond.

I know my life is richer than I could have ever imagined because of those whom I love and those who love me.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Terri S. Alpert
Founder & CEO
T.alpert@unoallavolta.com

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