New Year’s Eve is a time for reflection and sending out good energy, thoughts, and ideas as that calendar page turns. NYE has always signaled to me a time of renewal and hope. Sometimes I go out for NYE and some years I have stayed at home. However, this year I will be sharing some drinks and laughs with those nearest and dearest to me. I had one request of my family and friends for this party: you MUST dress up. I personally feel the art of dressing up has faded over time. As I am often in NYC, I see such a mix of fashion. There are those who will wear a strapless floor-length ball gown to the opera and those who will wear jeans. The impetus behind my one NYE party request was simple: bring back classic styles and looks. I already have my outfit picked out. I will be donning a black tulle dress with an ombre red, faux-fur jacket. I decided to complete the look with silver touches and went for silver leather flats. I knew I wanted a silver statement necklace, but many I found were too flashy and didn’t seem to mesh with my ensemble.
Then I remembered one of my most favorite online stores, Uno Alla Volta, which means “One at a Time”. Uno Alla Volta works with artisans across the globe and as the title implies, they make each of their products lovingly by hand, one at a time. After searching through their jewelry options, I found the most perfect and breathtaking piece:
Torsade necklaces are known for their style of multiple strands and twists and artisan Lorena Murano has been creating this style and many other works of art for years. Each of Lorena’s pieces are handcrafted in Venice. Her great-grandmother began working with glass at the age of nine and this tradition was passed down. Today, Lorena, her mother and her sister continue to craft these exquisite lampwork beads to make up many chic and beautiful styles. Working in her studio, Lorena skillfully lampworks each bead one at a time over a hot flame, then carefully hand-strings each one to create her statement pieces.