What Makes Polish Pottery So Unique?

Whether you delight in collecting Polish pottery for its vibrant and elaborate designs, or love it for its functionality in the kitchen, here’s a bit more about what makes it so unique:

• Each piece is brought to life by skilled ceramicists and painters in Poland according to artistic traditions dating back to the 14th century.
• Polish stoneware is made with high-quality white clay which is high-fired to attain its extreme durability and then covered in a special lead-free glaze which provides chip-resistant and non-stick properties. This unique handmade process makes Polish pottery safe to place in the microwave, oven, dishwasher, and freezer.
• The ornate designs on Polish pottery are entirely hand-painted. Carved sponges are used to stamp the larger shapes before fine brushwork brings each individual motif to life. The painting process can take many hours depending on the complexity of the design.
• Each piece of pottery is numbered and signed by the artist who painted it.
• It’s easy to clean! Polish pottery has a special non-porous and non-stick glaze which means soaking is not required after use in the kitchen.

Uno Alla Volta is proud to bring you exclusive Polish pottery straight from the source in the villages of Boleslawiec and Brzeg, Poland. Because we work directly with the artists to develop special patterns, what you see in our catalogs and on our website cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

View our latest exclusive patterns and shapes!

May Birthstone: Emerald

How Can I Spot It?

Emerald is a brilliant green stone ranging from yellow-green to blue-green. The more vivid and intense the color, the purer the stone and therefore, the higher the quality.

What Does It Symbolize?

Throughout history, emeralds have been seen as a symbol of love. Perhaps this is why ancient Romans and Greeks associated them with the goddess Venus, who was thought to symbolize love and passion. Emeralds have also been associated with wealth and compassion.

Where Is It Found?

The first emeralds were found in Egypt around 1500 BC. Today, these gems are mostly mined in Columbia, Brazil, and Zambia, but are also found in numerous countries throughout Europe and Asia, and even right here in the United States! The state of North Carolina is the only place with significant emerald deposits in all of North America.

And, of course, you can find emerald-inspired jewelry here at Uno Alla Volta! Here are a few of our favorite jewelry pieces and accessories featuring the rich color of this beautiful green stone:

Piotr’s Emerald Swarovski Crystal Jewelry Set

Avi’s “Emerald Allure” Swarovski Crystal Necklace

Julie’s Vintage-Style Barrette With Emerald Swarovski Crystals

March Birthstone: Aquamarine


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What Does The Name “Aquamarine” Mean?

Aquamarine is derived from the Latin words “aqua,” meaning “water,” and “marina,” meaning “of the sea.”

How Can I Spot It?

Aquamarine is a gem with oceanic color which ranges from light blue to dark blue to seafoam green. The purer the shade of blue, the more valuable the stone is. It has a natural clarity to it, sometimes even appearing to be transparent.

What Does It Symbolize?

As with all birthstones, aquamarine has long been associated with a number of healing and spiritual powers. As the first birthstone of the spring months, it is most commonly seen as a symbol of youth, rebirth, and hope.

Where Is It Found?

Aquamarine is found inside certain types of granite rocks. The first aquamarine gems were found in 1723, nestled deep in the mountains of Siberia. Today, it is mined mostly in Brazil, but it is also found in parts of Africa and even right here in the United States! At 14000 feet elevation, Mount Antero in Colorado has revealed some of the finest quality aquamarine gems in all the world.

And, of course, you can find aquamarine here at Uno Alla Volta! Here are a few of our favorite jewelry pieces featuring this beautiful blue stone:

“Earthen Glow” Statement Necklace

“One With Nature” Earrings

Joli’s “Paisley Spiral” Gemstone Hoop Earrings

“Sparkling Seas” Pendant Necklace

“Hidden Meadow” Gemstone Necklace

Precious Metals in Murano Glass


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One of the most common techniques used in Murano glass making is the infusion of precious metals. The distinct earthy sparkle of aventurine, the subtle shimmer of silver foil, and the classic look of gleaming gold flakes are the accents that give radiance and depth to the beads on your favorite Murano glass jewelry. This technique is very tedious, as it requires impeccable skill, a steady hand, and a sincere devotion to the craft of lampworking.

Our glass masters work very carefully when infusing each glass bead with either gold flakes or silver foil. First, a sheet of the precious metal has to be hammered until it is extremely thin. Next, each sheet is cut into tiny “flakes.” The artisan then rolls a small amount of molten glass in the metal flakes so that they adhere to the surface. This tiny chunk of flake-covered glass is then encapsulated in more molten glass, which “traps” the metal inside the bead before it is lampworked into the desired shape. As the artisan lampworks the bead, the flakes may pull apart and disperse throughout it.

To infuse a bead with aventurine, or copper crystal, our artisans first add cuprous iron and lead oxides to molten glass. The glass is then left to cool and harden for several days, which results in crystallization of the tiny copper particles. These sparkling particles are most commonly reddish-brown in color, and are responsible for the irresistible shimmer inside your favorite aventurine jewelry.

Now that you know a bit more about all of the hard work that goes into creating the infused beads on your favorite Murano glass jewelry pieces, which type is your favorite? Do you gravitate more towards the cool sparkle of silver foil, the warm glow of gold foil, or the amber shimmer of aventurine? Let us know!

How to Care for Your Handmade Murano Glass Millefiori Watch



Murano glassmaking is one of the most renowned types of crafts across the world. Murano glass millefiori watches are timeless pieces that are created with high quality workmanship. The word millefiori comes from the Latin saying; “thousand flowers,” because it has a resemblance to a blossoming meadow. These designs are obscure floral mosaics, which bear an elegant Italian charm. It is important to take care of such an elegant watch so that you may hold on to it for many years to come. Here is how to care for your handmade Murano glass millefiori watch.

 Maintenance and Care


  • Watches should be stored in a jewelry box to prevent from the overexposure of oxidizing environments.


  • Use a lint-free cloth to wipe away any smudges or dust on the face of the watch.


  • High temperatures of water may damage the surface of glass by producing a cloudy effect.



  • Use a damp cloth to gently wipe the leather band clean. Do not use too much water, which can damage the leather.


Murano glass millefiori watches are luxury jewelry pieces with Italian charm that need to be kept with special care to retain their beauty. With bands of genuine leather, these watches make the best accessories for an everyday look.

How to Care for Your Handmade Polish Pottery


For centuries, Polish pottery has been decorated with traditional folk art patterns, most of which are the color blue. This Polish stoneware is made with high quality white clay, which is high-fired to attain its extreme durability. It is important to care for your beautifully handmade Polish pottery so that you will have it to enjoy for years to come. Therefore, we gathered a few simple tips to care for your handmade Polish pottery.

Simple Caring Tips


  • To avoid cracking, make sure the stoneware is completely dry before placing it in the oven or microwave.


  • If the stoneware is cold from pulling it out of the refrigerator, make sure to bring it to room temperature before placing it in the oven or microwave.



  • After removing the stoneware piece from the oven or microwave, do NOT place it on a cold surface or handle it with a wet cloth.


  • Soaking is not required since Polish pottery has a non-porous protective glaze.


Polish pottery is truly one-of-a-kind, as it has high durability and original design.  The glaze applied to Polish stoneware provides non-stick properties, and protects it from chipping.  Whether you delight in collecting Polish pottery or want a vibrant piece of stoneware with captivating designs for the dinner table, we hope these tips will keep your Polish pottery looking brand new so you can treasure it and pass it on for many generations.

How to Care for Your Handmade Capodimonte Porcelain



Capodimonte is the finest Italian porcelain. These sculptures can be placed on the dining table or mantel to create an elegant Italian touch. If you have a Capodimonte flower, the flower and petals can break very easily due to the delicacy of the porcelain. Therefore, it is important to establish a safe cleaning routine to maintain your sculpture’s stunning look.  Here’s how to care for your handmade Capodimonte porcelain to maintain its long-lasting beauty.

How To Remove Dust


Any decorative piece that is displayed on the shelf accumulates dust. The best way to remove dust from the surface is to use a feather duster or a soft, dry cloth. You can also use a small, soft-bristled brush to remove dust from hard to reach areas. However, the best way to avoid exposure to dust is to display it behind a glass shelf.

How To Clean


Sometimes, it will be necessary to clean your Capodimonte porcelain. In this case, you can use a damp soft cloth and gently clean the sculpture. Allow the porcelain to air dry on top of a cloth or paper towel. It is best to be very careful while cleaning Capodimonte flowers, especially the leaves of the flower, since these pieces are very fragile.

How To Display It


At Uno Alla Volta, our Capodimonte porcelain is handcrafted in the most meticulous detail, which requires many hours of work at the hands of the artisan. Taking care of these beautiful sculptures will preserve their beauty for many generations. You can place your collection behind a glass display case to prevent it from shattering since Capodimonte are fragile pieces.

How to Care for Your Handmade Handbag


A lot of skill goes into handcrafting our Italian suede and leather handbags from our sister artisans, Alessandra & Elisabetta. From Florentine bucket bags to leather structured bags, these handmade bags are made with a natural material, which needs to be treated with special care for long-lasting beauty. Whether you have recently purchased a Uno Alla Volta handbag or plan to in the near future, then we’ve got you covered! Here are the best ways to care for your handmade bag so that it remains in pristine condition for many years to enjoy.

Florentine Leather

One of the best ways to lengthen the life of leather is to avoid using leather treatment, which may clog the pores of the leather due to active chemicals. Since leather can absorb leaks such as makeup, perfume, and pens, it is best to remove these items after a day out to avoid staining the material. If this does occur, you may need to take it to a professional so they can treat the bag. Other situations may occur such as heavy rain or an accidental spill. We suggest using a soft cloth to gently wipe off any wet spots as quickly as possible. When the bag is not in use, store it in a dust bag to prevent scratches and dust accumulation so that the leather maintains its sheen.

Florentine Suede

Suede is a delicate material. Over time, suede can accumulate dirt. A cleaning brush will help scrub out any dirt lingering on the bag. To remove any dirt or dust, use light strokes and gently brush the bag in one direction. If your bag gets soaked in the rain, use a dry cloth to soak up any excess water and then let it dry in a well-ventilated area. Once dried, lightly brush the bag with the suede brush for a fresh, clean look. If you don’t plan on using your bag for quite some time, you can store it in a dust bag, pillowcase, or in a box.

Maintaining Its Shape

If you plan to store your bag away for the season, a great way to maintain the bags original shape is to stuff it. You can use newspaper, tissue paper, or even a sweater or t-shirt that you planned on tossing or donating. Also, store your straps inside the bag to prevent any scuffs. These are our best solutions to making your investments last so you can pass your handmade handbag down for many generations.

How to Care for Your Handmade Murano Glass Jewelry


Murano glass jewelry is beautifully handmade with delicate and striking glass beads. These handmade beads are created one at a time with different patterns and colors, and some may contain millefiori accents. To keep your jewelry in pristine condition, here are a few ways to care for your handmade Murano glass jewelry so you can treasure it for many years to come and pass it on to the next generation.

Storing Your Jewelry

To prevent your jewelry from accumulating dust, always store it in its original jewelry box. This will also prevent it from being damaged or lost. If you want to combine another piece of jewelry in the same box, then make sure to wrap each one with a soft tissue paper. This way your jewelry does not become tangled.

Cleaning Your Jewelry

Clean your jewelry regularly. For best results, use a polishing cloth to keep your jewelry clean. You may also use a soft cotton fabric. Avoid using water to clean your jewelry, which can potentially damage the polish.

Prevent Your Jewelry From Damage

Keep your jewelry safe by avoiding any contact of perfume and hairspray, which can potentially tarnish the piece of jewelry. If you are applying makeup, it’s best to wait to put on jewelry until after you are done. Do not wear jewelry in the shower, swimming pool, or when playing sports.

5 Stunning Handmade Bridal Jewelry


Wedding season peaks from late spring to early fall. From the best venue to the perfect wedding dress, there are many things to consider when it comes to your wedding day. But how can you complete your look without stunning, sparkling jewelry? Here are 5 stunning pieces of handmade bridal jewelry that will make your day even more special.

Piotrs Sparkling Swarovski Crystal Collar Necklace


On your special day, leave plenty of sparkle in people’s eyes by wearing a dazzling collar necklace filled with Swarovski crystals. This necklace will complement a pure white gown and give off an ambiance of Hollywood glamour.

Murano Glass Pearl Clip On Drop Hoops


Complete your wedding day look with pearls. If your style is classic, then a pair of pearl earrings will truly reflect your personal taste. Pearls are a timeless piece of jewelry and it will always hold value. These pearl clip-on hoops are lampworked one at a time using the centuries-old traditions of Murano glassmaking.

Murano Glass Silver Knot Clip On Earrings


Ready to tie the knot? This  one-of-a-kind pair of earrings is perfect for a more subtle look. They are lampworked skillfully over a hot flame on Venice’s famed isle of Murano. The small seed beads are intertwined to achieve this elegant design, which will give you a touch of sophistication on your wedding day.

Piotrs Sparkling Swarovski Crystal Bracelet


Throughout the day, you will be greeting your guests and they will definitely take notice of this stunning piece of jewelry. Depending on the type of gown you have chosen, a Swarovski crystal bracelet can add a sparkling touch of elegance to your look.

Murano Glass Pearl Choker Necklace


This multi-strand pearl necklace featuring crystal rondelles will stun all your guests. The beauty of pearls remains supreme and it will continually be a timeless piece of jewelry. You can always look back at your wedding album and you will not regret this elegant necklace.