Gold. Warm and glowing.

Tonight when I was refining 24K gold to hand forge into wedding bands, the treatises of Benvenuto Cellini that I reread earlier today came to mind. I'm drawn to the techniques of old masters to preserve methods of the Old World, and Renaissance Italian goldsmith Cellini wrote in detail with a conversational style. I forgot the page turning, and as if transported to the 1500s, standing next to him, observing his work first-hand it was as if he spoke to me:

"Now my friend, in order to keep my promise with you as to the real practical things, and to show you that I'm not one who goes cribbing other people's ideas & methods but has worked them out with his own hands ..."

Preserving the story. Untouched by mass production.

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