Ahhh… Spring!

The feeling of rebirth and renewal.

The newfound lightness in our steps.

Flowers will start blooming in gardens everywhere (at least everywhere in the northern hemisphere) very soon. In the meantime, they are blooming right here in these pages.

You will find the creativity of our artisans and our merchandising team just overflowing with optimism.

Nothing says spring like the vibrant, beautiful designs of our artisans, whether they are from Smadar of the Galilee, the newest jeweler to join our una grande famiglia, or my old friend Weronika, adding pieces to your beloved “Secret Garden” collection. If your Facebook likes (4,050 and counting) are any indication, this just may be your favorite pattern of all time.

With a spring in my step,

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Terri S. Alpert

Founder & CEO

T.Alpert@unoallavolta.com

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Weronika and me showing off our “Secret Garden” collection

Product Spotlight: Murano-Style Drinking Glasses

“After years of visiting the glass workshops of Murano, I’ve developed an eye for quality and workmanship. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a workshop just outside Naples, almost eight hours away, which uses the same techniques and materials as a Murano workshop, with identical skill and artistry. However, due to location alone, a set of six glasses costs less than a set of two from Murano.”

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Murano-Style Drinking Glasses

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This set of six drinking glasses comes in a variety of colors and is handcrafted by our artisan Vittorio with the masterful techniques, materials, and style of Murano glassmaking. They have quickly become a customer favorite within our una grande famiglia. The vibrant patterns are formed by rolling the molten glass in colorful glass chips before skillfully hand-blowing each piece. These beautiful glasses are wonderful for both hosting a party and for everyday use.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with These Handcrafted Treasures

Our Polish pottery is one of our customer favorites. In honor of St. Paddy’s Day, we asked our artisans in Boleslawiec, Poland to create a unique earthenware dish. In their centuries-old folk art tradition, our Polish artisans collaborate to create works of functional art, such as our oval St. Patrick’s Day Platter and our Shamrock Dish. Each piece is crafted of local clay, hand-painted with carved sponges, high-fired for durability, and is naturally non-stick. Two groups of artisans work side-by-side: those who form the shapes of native clay, and those who adorn them by painting our festive motifs with carved sponges. Their ceramic creations will spark luck upon any table setting.

This year, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the traditional way: with Irish soda bread –perfect for being served in our Polish pottery collection.

“Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread” (from AllRecipes.com)

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an ‘X’ into the top of the loaf.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

For an added touch, add raisins for flavor!

Polish Pottery Shamrock Dish

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Polish Pottery “Nora” Shamrock Dish

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Polish Pottery Clover Heart Dishes

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Polish Pottery “Caitlin” Plate

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Polish Pottery “Caitlin” Mug

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Finding Gold at the End of Your Rainbow

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Valentine’s Day has come and gone and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. This time of year, things start getting brighter – the sun sets later in the day, and the temperature rises above freezing (at least here in Connecticut!)  For everyone who lives for sunny days and warm weather, adding some gold to your wardrobe is the perfect fix. To add a St. Patrick’s Day twist, our artisans at Uno Alla Volta have lovingly handcrafted gold and green treasures to welcome in March and bring us some good luck.

At Uno Alla Volta, we feel so lucky to be able to share our joys with you. It is said that at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold, so we have handpicked some of our favorite gold and emerald treasures to share the luck with you this St. Patrick’s Day.

Florentine Millefiori Triple Shamrock Necklace

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Florentine Millefiori Clover Earrings

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Florentine Clovers Charm Bracelet

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Florentine Clovers Pill Box

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Crystal Celtic Shamrock Brooch

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Becky’s Lucky Clover Earrings

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Becky’s Lucky Clover Necklace

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Featured Artisans: David & Joli

Joli, our Philadelphia artisan, finds a powerful thrill in handcrafting pieces of precious metals and gemstones, just as other artisans have done for centuries. Her featured scintillating drusy jewelry showcases fuchsia drusy and faceted crystals in gold-plated findings. Sparkling drusy in 24k gold-plated findings create her exquisite heart necklaces, which symbolize the importance of love.

Joli’s treasures feature drusy, which is a very special gemstone that has a natural texture similar to sugar crystals. When placed on top of a colorful surface or mineral, it appears as though to glitter and shine. Drusy gems are formed over millions of years, which is why giving these treasures to someone you love is a beautiful representation of the everlasting love you have for them.

Joli’s Fuchsia Drusy Heart Earrings

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Joli’s Fuchsia Drusy Heart Necklace

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Joli’s Scintillating Drusy Moon Earrings

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Joli’s Fuchsia Drusy Moon Necklace

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Inspired by the properties of stones, David of Connecticut reconnects with his Native American heritage as he handcrafts each necklace, such as this stunning pearl and pink chalcedony drop necklace. Each piece features a large freshwater pearl adorned with healing pink chalcedony gems, suspended delicately from a sterling silver chain. Each necklace measures 16 inches long with a 1.5 inch long pendant and a lobster clasp. Handcrafted exclusively for Uno Alla Volta, from the heart and hands of the artisan.

 

 

Artisan Spotlight: Hana

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February is a month to celebrate the Color of Love. Although Valentine’s Day has come to a close, love is still in the air with our Radiant Reds. Valuing the human connection and the love that it brings is at the very heart of Uno Alla Volta, and we pride ourselves on working with artisans who lovingly craft every single one of their treasures with their own hearts and hands.

Hana, our Georgia artisan, takes inspiration from beautiful leaves and the traditional Bohemian style of glassmaking as she handcrafts her romantic red and pink “Shades of Love” collection. 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.

Red And Pink “Shades Of Love” Necklace

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Red And Pink “Shades Of Love” Earrings

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Must-Have Metallics

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“With sparkle comes happiness!” our jewelry buyer Minetta often quips. Metallic accessories can add a little sparkle to your day, no matter what time of the year it is. Although they add flair to your look all year round, silver complements the winter months well, and bronze and gold shine best in the summer. This winter, add a metallic shine to your everyday look with Alessandra and Elisabetta’s Metallic Bucket Bag and pair it with Elena’s Red Heart Silk Chiffon Scarf. If you’re not a fan of winter and are missing sunny summer days, add some warmth to your outfit with a gold cuff.

Designed by sisters Alessandra  and Elisabetta, this shimmering bucket bag is one of our favorite metallic accessories. These Florentine artisans inherited their passion for leather craftsmanship was passed down to them by their father. Using the masterful leatherworking techniques and exacting standards he passed down to them, they skillfully create this bucket bag from the softest Italian suede in a fun, shimmering metallic shade. This handbag will add a touch of unique European style and flair to any outfit, and the quality of the materials make it both durable and fashionable. A bag like this is sure to strike a conversation anywhere you go.

 

Alessandra And Elisabetta’s Metallic Bucket Bag

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Amedeo’s White Rose Hand-Painted Wine Glass

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Elena’s Red Heart Silk Chiffon Scarf

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Jan Michaels’ Shimmering Golden Drusy Cuff

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For more ways to add sparkle to your wardrobe, browse our whole metallics collection.

 

 

Creating Luck

Here at Uno Alla Volta, we are in the business of creation.

We create with our artisans beautiful designs that bring joy to so many. We create with our employees many wonderful opportunities for personal and professional growth. And, it is my hope, we create with you many warm and memorable experiences.

But, can one create luck?

I, for one, have always been a believer in the saying: “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.”

Luck is as much an attitude as anything. Some of us see the clouds, some see the silver lining, but in everything there is opportunity. It is our job to find it and embrace it.

I am so lucky to count you as a member of this wonderful una grande famiglia – one big family!

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Terri S. Alpert

Founder & CEO

T.Alpert@unoallavolta.com

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Kick Off With Style

Super Bowl Sunday is here! Regardless of whether or not you’re cheering for a certain team, today is the perfect occasion to spend the day with your family.

Many families follow yearly traditions on game day. Some cook their favorite dishes to snack on while they’re watching the kick-off, and others invite the whole neighborhood over to cheer on their favorite team.

If you are looking for a way to entertain with style, browse our Dining & Entertaining collection.

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One thing is true: football and buffalo chicken go together very well. This year, try this fun recipe (courtesy of RealHouseMoms.com) to share with your family on game day.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 3/4 cup buffalo style hot sauce (see notes)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 thawed chicken breasts
  • 1-2 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
  • tortilla chips

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Boil the chicken breasts for 15-20 minutes
  3. Shred the chicken
  4. Put the cream cheese in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish
  5. Stir until it is smooth
  6. Add the ranch dressing, buffalo style hot sauce, and mozzarella cheese
  7. Stir until everything is mixed together well
  8. Stir in the shredded chicken
  9. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the dip is heated throughout
  10. Stir again
  11. Add the sliced green onions on top
  12. Dip and enjoy!

Featured Artisan: Daniel Lyons

Our London Jeweler, Daniel Lyons, has been delighting Uno Alla Volta customers since 2005. Ask him how he got started in the jewelry business, and he will share wondrous tales of a childhood in Liberia, West Africa, of formative years in Israel, and of travels with his father throughout Mexico.

Daniel handcrafts exquisite and sparkling works of art that reinterpret styles from the Elizabethan period to modern times. His highly sculpted pieces feature surfaces plated with rhodium, a gleaming metal more precious than platinum, and are often accented with hand-set Swarovski crystals and jewelers enamel.

Daniel’s jewelry is where elegance meets style. We asked him to create a new colorway of our favorite Art Deco jewelry in time for Valentine’s Day, which is how the Red Art Deco collection was born. His radiant red pieces combine ruby red and clear Swarovski crystals with gleaming rhodium-plated castings to create each Art Deco-inspired piece. The necklace features an emerald cut, ruby red Swarovski crystal at the center, surrounded by dozens of clear Swarovski crystals “diamonds.”

If you’re looking for a unique “for him” gift this year, Daniel handcrafts round “garnet” crystal cufflinks, which are made of faceted Swarovski crystals hand-set in a hematite-plated alloy. All of Daniel Lyons’ treasures are handcrafted exclusively for Uno Alla Volta, from the heart and hands of the artisan.

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“Ruby” Crystal Art Deco Bracelet

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Daniel Lyons’ Round “Garnet” Crystal Cufflinks

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Daniel Lyons’ Ruby Red Art Deco Clip Earrings

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Daniel Lyons’ Ruby Red Art Deco Dangle Earrings

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Daniel Lyons’ Ruby Red Art Deco Bracelet

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Daniel Lyons’ Ruby Red Art Deco Necklace