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Buying in Italy: Lisa’s Blog Post IV

January 19, 2010

Bon giorno!

We started today with a tour of a jewlery manufacturer. I have seen videos of jewelry being made, but hadn’t ever seen it from start to finish quite like this. This company makes all parts of their jewelry right here in Vicenza. The amount of skill that you have to have for each step of the process is immense. Each cut out in a piece is hand-polished to remove rough edges, minuscule diamonds are set by hand, and the owner’s son (our tourguide Marco) gets up in the middle of the night to change the gold being cut by an exacting machine.

When Laura said that they put their love in to the jewelry, Mario corrected her and said they put their soul in to it. You can easily see that it’s true.

I loved walking through and seeing pieces that I recognized from our stores in varying stages of assemblage.

After the tour we looked at their incredible amount of jewelry. It was hard not to fall in love with everything after seeing what it takes to make each piece.

Tonight Laura and I joined one of our vendors for an unbelievable authentic Italian meal. We went to a restaurant that had three tables and the owner/chef cooked right in front of us using a stove and an open fire. It was an enchanting meal, and we both left utterly

and completely stuffed.

We are going on another tour tomorrow morning and then Peter, Jeanne and I are leaving Laura and Vicenza for Geneva.

Ciao for now!
Lisa

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